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Joan Maher
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 2, 1944
  • Place of birth:
    Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 20, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Queens, New York, United States
Mom, our memories of you and your love will be with us forever.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Joan Maher, 68, born on July 2, 1944 and passed away on July 20, 2012. We will remember her forever.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 17th October 2016

"Thank you for giving me so much love in my life.  I only hope you know how much you are loved and missed.   Katie is making Confirmation today and picked your name.  She is so sweet and like you in so many ways.   In her beautiful blue eyes I see yours.   Yet another birthday without you and another milestone in my children's lives that you are not able to share.   This isn't the way our lives should have turned out but it has.  Jeanette is in the hospital again and Barbara has passed.  Unfortunately I hadn't seen Barbara in quite some time.  I know you will show her the way.   I was sadden to hear that they didn't even have a mass for her.  I'm glad that George was able to help fix her door  when nobody else would.  She asked and he did it, I know that would have made you happy.  You were so proud of him and happy for me to have married a man that you can count on.   I know my birthday was important to you so I will celebrate it for you and smile behind the tears that fall so easily all the time."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 2nd July 2016

"Happy Birthday Mom - Your in our hearts our minds and our souls.   I love you and still miss you more than you could ever imagine.  I'll have a mud slide and toast to you on your birthday and thank you for being the amazing mom, grandmother and woman that you were.  I still get calls and emails from your friends from FAA, Aunt Geri, Aunt Micki, & of course your family you touched so many lives if only you knew how much.  xoxo"

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 18th October 2015

"Thank you for the beautiful life you gave me. I never understood why my birthday was such a big deal to you when I was a teen or in my 20's.  It was my birthday after all, why shouldn't I spend it the way I wanted to.  As a mom now I get it.  And I just wish I could have spend many more with you.  So on my birthday I celebrate you and all the sacrifices you made for me to be happy."

This tribute was added by doug kruger on 23rd July 2015

"I sent the below to our brother Larry
We didn't forget it's just to painful some times.

This my sound dumb butt...
Trying to reconcile death and dying many years ago (can't remember how many) I just happen on a scene in a John Wayne movie where a young boy looks up at the "Duke" and says something like "why did he have to die?" and the "Duke" responds...
"He just did what we're all going to do, he just did it sooner"
Dumb, right?
But it helps me feel  grateful that I'm still alive, that we're all still alive and to focus on that.

Your loving brother Doug"

This tribute was added by doug kruger on 23rd July 2015

"I sent the below to our brother Larry
We didn't forget it's just to painful some times.

This my sound dumb butt...
Trying to reconcile death and dying many years ago (can't remember how many) I just happen on a scene in a John Wayne movie where a young boy looks up at the "Duke" and says something like "why did he have to die?" and the "Duke" responds...
"He just did what we're all going to do, he just did it sooner"
Dumb, right?
But it helps me feel  grateful that I'm still alive, that we're all still alive and to focus on that.

Your loving brother Doug"

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 20th July 2015

"When I woke up 3 years ago today little did I know how my life would change forever.  I knew you were sick but you not being here was never a possibility.  I know now how cruel life can be but I also know such incredible love & happiness I can get from my children.   My only hope is that I was able to give you that joy.  And I know that I did.  The one thing that was always constant in my life was you and how much you loved me. I just miss you today, tomorrow and always.  Rest in peace mommy."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 10th May 2015

"Another Mother's Day is here,
And I still miss having you near.
You were the best mom you could be,
And I never once doubted your love for me.

I could spend each Mother's Day in sorrow,
Crying and wishing you were here,
But instead I choose to celebrate your life,
A life I still hold so dear.

I know you'd rather see me smile
Than stand here with tears in my eyes.
So I'll do my best to honor your memory,
And you'll live on as long as I am alive."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 5th May 2015

"If Roses grow in Heaven
Please pick a bunch for me
Place them in my mother’s arms
And tell her they’re from me.
Tell her that I love her and miss her all the time,
And when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek
And hold her for awhile.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it everyday.
But there is an ache within my heart
That will never go away."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 18th December 2014

"Now that I am gone,  
remember me with smiles and laughter.
And if you need to cry,  
cry with your brother or sister  
who walks in grief beside you.
And when you need me,
put your arms around anyone  
and give to them what you need to give to me.
There are so many who need so much.
I want to leave you something --  
something much better than words or sounds.
Look for me in the people I've known  
or helped in some special way.
Let me live in your heart  
as well as in your mind.
You can love me most  
by letting your love reach out to our loved ones,
by embracing them and living in their love.
Love does not die, people do.
So, when all that's left of me is love,
give me away as best you can."

This tribute was added by doug kruger on 20th July 2014

"I should be sad today
Two years, hard to comprehend,
Lost my sister and best friend
But I won't be sad
I'll remember all the happy times
How unbelievably lucky I was to have a wonderful sister
who was my one and only true friend"

This tribute was added by doug kruger on 20th July 2014

"I should be sad today
Two years, hard to comprehend,
Lost my sister and best friend
But I won't be sad
I'll remember all the happy times
How unbelievably lucky I was to have a wonderful sister
who was my one and only true friend"

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 2nd July 2014

"Happy Birthday Mom - We love you and miss you today and every day."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 10th May 2014

"Happy Mother's Day Mom.   Thinking of you always."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 26th April 2014

"So many words unspoken so many things that you aren't here for.   On Easter we are taught to think of how God sacrificed his own son for us and all I think about is all the sacrifices you made."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 8th December 2013

"The girls and I left you a tree after Thanksgiving.   We remembered all the years they had fun decorating it with you. Every year you will have a tree but unfortunately no lights are on it anymore.  I guess it is symbolic since our lights went out when you were taken from us.."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 27th October 2013

"I remember you telling the story of the day I was born and how you could have died then.    You told me not to count you out yet and that you were a fighter. Unfortunately we didn't know you never had a chance.    We love you and miss you always.   I know you were singing to me when I woke up and that you were saying Happy Anniversary as you always did.   So lucky to have had you for 45 yr"

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 19th July 2013

"If we could visit heaven,Even for a day,Maybe for a moment,Would The pain would go away, .And tell you I love you , words so true,That living life without you,Is the hardest thing to do.No matter how we spend our days, No matter what we do,No morning dawns or evening falls, When we don't think of you xx.We will never forget you."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 30th March 2013

"Happy Easter Mom.  We planted the flower you always wanted to smell at Easter for you today.    Seeing your name on the headstone was like getting punched in the stomach again.   Lent is a time of sacrafice and I am reminded of all you had to give up in order for me to have a good life.   I am eternally grateful and will always remember what an incredible woman you were."

This tribute was added by doug kruger on 18th March 2013

"Sally,
Not a day,not an hour goes bye that l don't think about your MOM. But she is gone now an
ould be so hurt if we did not go on. She worked so hard that the rest of us could enjoy life. As difficult as it is, we have to go on without her. She has a wonderful daughter who wed a great man, two grand daughter that are are our future."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 16th March 2013

"Happy St. Patrick's Day.   We saw George on TV this year.  You always watched the parade to see him.  We miss you.   I didn't buy as big of a piece of corned beef since you aren't going to be having any this year."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 14th February 2013

"Happy Valentine's Day mom.  Today is a day to celebrate love and you were so full of love for everyone.   It is so sad that for all the love you had that you spent so many Valentine's Day's alone.  I am so sorry that I didn't spend more with you.  It seemed natural to go out with my husband but I should have taken you out more.  So many regrets.  I love you & miss you so much."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 25th December 2012

"Can you hear the songs? Can you see the bright lights?
Can you feel our tears on these cold wintry nights?

I try to be strong - to make you proud.
You thought I stood head & shoulders above the crowd.

They say you stand beside me in a new special way
All I feel is lost and empty every day.

You’re spending Christmas with Jesus this year,
And I still don’t understand why you’re not here."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 25th December 2012

"Merry Christmas Mom.  We miss you terribly and things will never be the same again without you."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 20th December 2012

"Those we love don't go away.  They walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near.  Still loved, still missed and forever dear.  I miss you so much mom."

This tribute was added by Sally Hopkins on 3rd October 2012

"Dear Mom
I thought of you today but that is nothing new.  I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.  I think of you in silence, I often speak your name.  All I have are memories and your picture in a frame.  Your memory is a keepsake from which I will never part.  God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart."


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