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Joan T. McDaniel
July 13, 1943 ~ December 31, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Joan Teresa McDaniel, born on July 13, 1943, in Baltimore, MD. She was the only, and much adored, child of Margaret and Joseph Jednoralski and remained extremely close with her parents, caring for them until their deaths. Joan passed away on December 31, 2023. She left behind a tapestry of cherished memories and a legacy of love, faith, and generosity when she passed away.
Joan grew up in Baltimore and lived her entire life in her beloved Maryland. Joan enjoyed a career spanning over 25 years at the Social Security Administration where she made many life-long friends.
Love, a constant companion on her journey, brought both joy and sorrow. Joan was predeceased by her first husband Wayne Burgess (1985), and her second husband Michael McDaniel (2019). Despite life's challenges, Joan and Michael shared over 35 years of love, a connection forged on the dance floor — a passion they both held dear.
After many years in Glenwood, MD, Joan embraced the vibrant community at Charlestown, leaving an indelible mark with her infectious spirit. A devout Catholic, Joan found strength in her faith and shared it through her active involvement at St. Louis Parish, serving on multiple ACTS retreats, and participated in bible studies and faith groups. Her generosity extended beyond her faith community, as she dedicated herself to helping those less fortunate.
Joan's love for life was evident in her appreciation for the arts and entertainment. A Disney fanatic, she made an annual pilgrimage to the magical world of Disney, creating enchanting memories that will forever resonate. Her favorite vacation, a Disney cruise, was a dream realized with her beloved husband Mike, showcasing their shared love for adventure and joy.
Joan loved Christmas and would decorate seven Christmas trees in her home. She enjoyed Hallmark Christmas movies year round to keep the Christmas spirit alive. She collected beautiful items, including Disney memorabilia, fancy hats, China sets, teapots, and art. She loved high teas, football, old or fast cars, and dogs. Joan had an impeccable style, and could be spotted at weekly Mass wearing amazing hats. She was also active for many years in a Red Hat group. She was an excellent cook and was always happy to gather with friends and bring a tasty treat. Joan had the gift of putting people at ease and making friends easily. She was surrounded by a community of friends throughout her life, and she credited them with helping her through the sorrowful times in her life, which included the deaths of two husbands, multiple spine surgeries, and beating cancer three times. Joan was a great friend to many, always available to listen and to offer prayers for those around her. Joan's compassion extended to the animal kingdom, as she couldn't resist the allure of a cute puppy, reflecting her deep love for all creatures.
Joan will be profoundly missed by the Charlestown Community, the St. Louis Parish Community, her Monday Faith Group, and a multitude of dear friends and family members. She leaves behind a legacy that continues to inspire and uplift those fortunate enough to have known her. Her constant faith in the love of the Lord, even in difficult times, was an example and inspiration to many. May Joan McDaniel rest in eternal peace, forever dancing in the embrace of heavenly joy.