Joan McWeeney

Joan Tierney McWeeney

Tuesday, July 18th, 1933 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Joan B. Tierney-McWeeney, 86, of West O’Reilly Street, Kingston, died peacefully Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Archcare at Ferncliff Nursing Home.

She was born in Kingston on July 18, 1933, a daughter of the late Charles and Barbara (Long) Tierney. She was a graduate of Our Lady of Victory Nursing School, and obtained a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from SUNY New Paltz.

Joan dedicated her life to the care of others, and recently retired after a long career as a Senior Health Inspector for the New York State Health Dept. A woman of principle and integrity, she always stood firm for what she believed in – that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. She was a firm advocate for all of her patients, and a true force of nature in the nursing profession.

Joan was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend; and nothing made her happier than being surrounded by those she loved. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy, as she was always the first to praise each of their accomplishments. She was, and will remain, her family’s pillar of strength, and will be missed beyond measure.

Left to cherish her memory, Joan is survived by two sons, Michael McWeeney (Josie) of Kingston and Terence McWeeney (Janet) of Kingston; four grandchildren, Shannon Klitzner-McWeeney (Patrick) of Kingston, Miranda McWeeney of Kingston, Jonathan McWeeney of Kingston, Shane Tully of Poughkeepsie; one great grandchild, Lily Wood of Kingston; two cousins, Maureen DeLucca of Kingston and Mary Kocsis of Connelly; two nephews, Richard Tierney (Jean) of West Hurley and Gary Tierney of Kingston; one niece, Barbara Ryan (Bill) of Kingston, sister-in-law, Joan Tierney of Hurley, along with many other cousins and dear friends.

She was also predeceased by her brother, and best friend, Gerald Tierney (Joan) of Hurley.

Funeral services were held privately due to the current virus pandemic. A memorial service will be announced following pandemic restrictions being lifted.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Upstate New York Chapter.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the selfless staff of floors 2B and 3A at Archcare at Ferncliff Nursing Home. We thank you for making this last memory of her one of dignity and grace.

The Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park, is entrusted with the care and funeral service arrangements for Joan. Visit Joan's Book of Memories:
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Funeral services were held privately due to the current virus pandemic. A memorial service will be announced when the pandemic restrictions are lifted.


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Donations are being accepted for: LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY INC.


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Posted at 05:00pm
I was saddened to hear of Joans passing. I was her Boss and dear friend for 15 years at the nysdoh. I will miss her quick whit and having a Long Island ice tea with her. I retired 8 yrs ago and missed her then. Sorry for the late note, i just found out the sad news. I will keep her and her whole family in my prayers.

Fern parent

Posted at 01:40pm
I worked with Joan at the New York State Department of health for many years she was usually the team leader and she was perfectly suited for that role. Joan was so easy to work with and had a pleasant personality and a good sense of humor. I will always look back on my career with fondness of Joan. Many blessings to her family. fern Parent. Greenwood Lake NY

Sandy (Fortran) Browne and Sue Fortran

Posted at 02:41pm
Joan worked with our mom at Victory Lake. She defined the word family. She was strong with soft edges. We are so blessed to have known her. Work hard/play hard was her mantra! God bless her family and friends. We should all be so lucky to be as loved as she was.

~ Sue Fortran and Sandy (Fortran) Browne

Sherry Tubby

Posted at 05:18pm
Dear Joan may you rest in peace. WE will forever miss your smiling face and gruff attitude. BUT we know you loved all your friends and family,and Dr Mark and all of us a DeCesare Chiropractic.

GEORGE KITHCART. Posted at 12:56pm


Scott Owitz

Posted at 09:08am
I am sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. Sending a heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. So much I want to say. In 1994 I moved to New York from Ohio and interviewed at Victory lake nursing center. The man that interviewed me was nice but basically said no, out of nowhere I hear this voice “Wait! I want to talk to him!” Joan walked into the office, obviously a force to be reckoned with. She spent some time talking to me and said I was hired. I spent three years at VL. Joan would come to the floor and start barking orders, people trembled, I smiled and listened to what she said, not how she said it. She was honest, brutally honest. I once asked her to write a recommendation for a scholarship for school for me. In that letter she said she had never had an LPN that she felt one day would be her teacher. I truly appreciated her words. Fast forward to 1994’ish. I am teaching graduate anatomy and physiology at SUNY New Paltz. I show up to my first class, and who is sitting in the class room? Joan. Our path’s crossed many times over the next 25 years, always so happy to see her. She was always so kind. She was truly an advocate for the patient and wanted the best care everyone could provide. A Nurses Nurse. I will miss those occasional path crossings but know she is looking down on all of us wanting us to be our best and provide the best, safe, care we can provide. Tough, loud, passionate, excited about her career. Rest In Peace Joan, I will truly miss you. Scott Owitz, MS, FNP-BC

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