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WADE, JOAN V. (nee: Molloy)

84, of Alton Bay, NH, and Clinton, NJ, a wife of 63 years, the mother of eight, grandmother of 20 and great-grandmother of four, entered eternal rest on March 17. Born and raised in Bayonne, Joan graduated from Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea grammar school and Holy Family Academy. She also served as drum major of the Saint Vincent’s Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. The daughter of Andrew and Veronica (Sullivan) Molloy, Joan met her husband, Bob, in high school, married him in 1955, and they moved to Roselle, NJ, in 1956 to start their family. Joan was an active member of parent organizations at Saint Joseph’s The Carpenter grammar school and Roselle Catholic and Girls Catholic high schools. She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus Council 3946, and a member of the Saint Joseph’s Rosary Society. In addition, Joan co-founded and served as past president of the Suburban Mothers of Twins and Triplets Club in the 1960s. Bob’s job took them to Clinton, NJ, in 1983. She later spent many years accompanying her husband on his mission as an officer of the Knights of Columbus (K of C) Supreme Council. For the K of C role, the couple moved to North Haven, Conn. Upon retirement, the couple moved to Alton Bay, NH, while maintaining a residence in Clinton. A self-taught seamstress and expert knitter, Joan often made childhood clothes for her children, and she worked to provide caps through several charity organizations, including Happy Hats & More, Inc. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children: Robert (Mary), Kevin (Mary), Donald (Erin), Cathleen Mulcahy, Colleen Yorke (Patrick), Brian (Kristin), Joan Carroll (Andrew), and Dennis (Keri). She was predeceased by a brother, Eugene, and is survived by a sister, Janet Cotter. Funeral arrangements by MARTIN Funeral Home, 1761 Route 31, Clinton, NJ.

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