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“I remember going up to my Grandma's and Aunt Joanne's house the big white house on a hill and playing with all my cousins, this was before there...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Ann Hogan Stensland - Babylon, NY

“To the Gillen children: We are all truly saddened to hear of your mother's passing. She was a warm, lovely, vibrant presence, and I know her death...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy Wakeman Keegan - LA

“To the Gillen kids, I was so sorry to hear about your mom. I have such fond memories of our days at St Helen's and of seeing your mom at the Carl...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Ellen Rooney Barsotti - KY

“Prayers surround the entire Gillen family. With much love and deep sympathy, Ed and Martha Asselin ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Martha and Ed Asselin - NY

“Spending every Easter with the Gillen's throughout childhood are some great memories for us - Easter egg hunts, going to mass, hanging with our...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Debbie Brogan Ippolito - NY

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will always remember Aunt Joanne and the spark she brought to our lives. Celebrating Easter with...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Maryanne

“So sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Joan L ucier Funcke - Manchester, NH

“Ray, Amy, Peggy, Ted, Trevor, Kip and I are thinking of you in the loss of your mother, mother in law and grandmother. I(Joanne) very much...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Joanne K Arnold

“Ed and Roxanne - Deepest sympathy for the loss of your mother. We know that she meant the world to you. Our prayers are with you and your family. ...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Sara and Ed Contreras, Linda and Robin Bilodeau - NC

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time I hope you'll remember the little things and everyday occurrences, the laughs,...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Drago - Loudonville, NY

“To all of the "Ed & Joanne Gillens" from the "Bill &Eileen Gillens," you are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Lori Gillen Frasier - Littleton, CO

“To the Gillen Family-A stranger to you but a friend to your loved one Joanne for many years at the Dutch Manor nursing home. Joann was four doors...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Pat Nicholas - Schenectady, NY

“Thoughts and prayers go to the Gillen family at this sad time. May you find comfort and peace in your wonderful memories and in each other; and that...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Katrina Krzemien - Altamont, NY

“May your big beautiful spirit be set free with God and all those who you missed and loved so much - "we are never apart" ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Gaye Anne Shulman - West Fulton, NY


Joanne Gillen, 84, died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Capital Living Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady.
Joanne was married to Edmund Gillen until his passing in 1984. She is survived by her six children Matt, Paul, Ed, Ray, Jim and Amy (Scharf). Joanne is also survived by her 10 grandchildren, Emmett, Timothy, Justin, Misti, Frank, Teddy, Trevor, Elise, Aidan and Jared and two great-grandchildren Grover and Calvin. She is also pre-deceased by her brother Emmett Hogan.

Joanne grew up in New York City and Long Island and attended St. John's University where she met her husband. Joanne spent much of her life in the Capital Region, having moved to Niskayuna in 1959. She took great pleasure and pride in raising her six children. She focused on family, friends and community activities. She enjoyed singing with the Melo Dears of Schenectady and volunteering at St. Clare's Hospital. Joanne worked part-time at the Carl Company for twenty years and had many happy memories of her work there. Joanne was a woman of deep Catholic faith and was a long-standing member of St Helen's parish where she volunteered. She later joined Our Lady of Fatima Church.

Joanne's family and friends will remember her energy, strength, humor and the great affection she had for family and friends, especially her ten grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Gillen family thanks Joanne's favorite nieces Patricia Brogan and Gayeanne Shulman and long-time friend Lorraine Endries for their support and companionship. The family is also grateful to the entire staff at Capital Living for their support and compassionate care.

Calling hours will be Monday, February 24 at Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union Street (at McClellan St.), Schenectady from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 0n Tuesday at 9 AM at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Roman Catholic Church, 2216 Rosa Rd., Schenectady. Burial will be at Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna.