In Loving Memory of Joanne Aronsohn Monahan

Joanne Aronsohn Monahan

Joanne Aronsohn Monahan

Scranton, PA March 6, 1932 ~ June 9, 2016 Date of Service: June 15, 2016

Joanne Aronsohn Monahan died peacefully in her home on June 9, 2016. She was born in Scranton on March 6, 1932, the only child of Milton and Beatrice Braunstein Aronsohn. Joanne was married for 22 years to Dr. Fergus Thomas Monahan, the founding dean of the School of Social Work, Marywood University. 

Joanne was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston. She attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts and received her degree in music from Hollins University in Virginia. Joanne obtained her master's degree at New York University in therapeutic recreation for the elderly and disabled.

An accomplished pianist, Joanne worked from the early 1960s in Scranton and Lackawanna County with various entities involving the aging as a therapeutic recreation specialist. She also worked for over two years in Quebec and Montreal, for the Canadian Social Welfare department. 

Joanne was an ardent volunteer. Beginning in the 1950s, volunteering at Friendship House, teaching children arts and crafts, and playing music for the elderly. She spent time as a member and volunteer for the Junior Century Club, the Junior League of Scranton, the United Way and assisted the local Jewish Federation United Jewish Campaign, but her happiest times were helping out at the Employment and Training Opportunity Center to help adults re-enter the workforce, because her husband and several others founded the organization.

She was a member and supporter of the Jewish Community, and her efforts were recognized throughout the years by the JCC, Hebrew Day School, Jewish Family Services and Jewish Federation of NEPA, and she sponsored the annual Teen Symposium on the Holocaust. She was a significant benefactor to Marywood University. She had received numerous awards and accolades for her dedication to the community, where she gave generously through her services and sponsorships. She was enthusiastic about the arts, stage and music. On May 29, Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright declared that date to be "Joanne Aronsohn Monahan Day," urging all citizens to join him in commending her on her generosity, achievements and involvements. 

People who knew Joanne and people who had met her for the first time will say the same thing, she had an infectious smile that would light up a room, and there was no limit to her generosity and kindness. She made time for everyone and loved people in general.

Surviving family members consist of several cousins outside the area and numerous close friends and loved ones who took care of her in her last years, especially her primary caregiver, Jo Ellen Tharrington.

Joanne recently started a foundation, again to help elderly persons. The Joanne Aronsohn Monahan Foundation or, was set up to provide seniors with iPads, with the hope of enriching and empowering their lives. 

A funeral service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, by Rabbi Daniel Swartz. Entombment, alongside her beloved late husband in the Cathedral Cemetery Mausoleum, Scranton.

Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Joanne Aronsohn Monahan Foundation Memorial Fund at any FNCB location.

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Margaret Gannon, IHM
Posts: 1
Joanne Monahan
Reply #1 on : Wed June 15, 2016, 06:53:18
My sympathy on the death of this generous, gracious woman. We will miss her optimism and energy and her lifelong commitment to those in need.
Sister Margaret