Sister Joan Spingler, OP, one among thirty women who entered the Dominican Order in 1955, had just celebrated her jubilee of 65 years when God called. Joan loved a party. She had an intuitive and spontaneous sense of humor, enlivening any celebration and never missed family birthdays. Her birthday on January 26 was surely a party happily celebrated in heaven.

Joan’s life was filled with helping people. With the young she was gentle and loving. With her high school students she was known to be strict but fair. With the elderly and poor who needed someone to speak up for them, she was their voice. Her concern over retiring from her work in a nursing home had to do with patients not being able to eat their breakfasts. Early rising and the drive to Jersey City was reflective of her dedication to her calling as a Christian and Dominican Sister. Joan had a compassionate heart of gold and a joyful spirt.

An avid and defensive Green Bay Packers fan, Joan loved sports. Joan also loved history. In quiet moments you would find her enjoying a good story.

Close to her sisters Peggy and Mary Carol, Joan enjoyed travel to Europe, along with trips to Vermont and the Blue Ridge Mountains. A willing companion, Joan was ready to “go.” She enjoyed visiting or exploring with friends. The ocean, her sister’s beach house, and a fish dinner at the shore were her favorites. For her yearly retreats, she looked forward again to the ocean. Sag Harbor and Mantoloking were her preferences.

Joan was a deeply spiritual person. Her driving force was the love she had for her God. Her Spingler and Dominican families were the foundation of her life. Her spirit will always now be a part of our lives.


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