Joan Dunleavey Condon, 86, lifelong learner who kept the faith

Joan Dunleavey Condon
Joan Dunleavey Condon

Joan Dunleavey Condon, 86, passed away Friday, April 26, 2019, in Virginia Beach to be with her Lord and Savior.

Joan was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to the late Francis and Gertrude Dunleavey. The second child in a large Irish family, Joan grew up with five brothers.

She was preceded in death by her brother, James Dunleavey.

Left to remember her lovingly are her brothers, Barry Dunleavey, Philip Dunleavey, Michael Dunleavey and John Dunleavey and their families.

Joan met the love of her life and was married in 1954 to Richard S. Condon. Together, they raised four children. Their union lasted for 50 years until his death. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Joan was someone who loved to learn. She was the valedictorian of her high school class. She also attended college after raising her family, earning a degree in hotel and restaurant management.

Joan was a woman of strong faith who, despite dementia, could recite the prayers of the rosary up until the time of her passing. She faithfully attended Mass throughout her life and served as a Eucharistic minister for many years. Joan also enjoyed reading, sewing, crossword puzzles and having tea with a neighbor. She was a friend to all.

Joan is survived by her children, Maureen Mike, Claire DeMasi, and her husband, Tony, Michael Condon, and his wife, Gidget, and Patty Handrahan, and her husband, Jim. Joan had nine grandchildren, Lindsay, Philip, Lauren, Matthew, Kerry, Ryan, Hannah, Bridget and Sean. She had seven great-grandchildren, Leonel, Jaslene, Wesley, Michael, Samantha, Orion and Samera.

A Mass of the resurrection will be conducted at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 2, at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Virginia Beach. There will be a visitation to greet the family one hour prior at the church. Burial will immediately follow the service in Princess Anne Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to

Share online condolences with the family at Smith & Williams Funeral Home/Kempsville.

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