Joan L. Hess, age 80 of Toms River, passed peacefully from this life surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 25, 2021. Joan was born in Lakewood, New Jersey on August 16, 1941. She was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Joan loved serving others and spending time with her family and friends. Her door was always open, a safe haven for all who entered. She had a wonderful, warming way of making everyone feel welcome, special, and loved.
She was an active and passionate member of St. Justin the Martyr Church. She volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Birthright, along with numerous other church activities.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, George Hess; sons, Gregory Hess and his wife Karen; Michael Hess and his wife Susie all of Toms River; daughters, Jennifer Wright and her husband John of Virginia; Stephanie Fahey and her husband Mark of Tuckerton; brother Woodrow W. Carpenter Jr. of Seaside, sister, Elaine Polikarpus of Toms River; 13 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren.
Joan is preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow W. Carpenter and Yolanda Cittadino Carpenter, and two granddaughters Illeana Hess and Knicky
The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 995 Fischer Boulevard, Toms River, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30am on Monday, January 3rd, 2022 at St. Justin the Martyr Roman Catholic Church.
Condolences may be offered by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Saint Justin's St. Vincent de Paul Society or Birthright of Toms River