Johanna C. “Joan” Wallin (nee Coleman), formerly of Drexel Hill and West Philadelphia, passed away on April 28.
Daughter of the late Thomas and Eva (nee Eidenshink) Coleman, Joan was the wife of the late Edward J. Wallin Sr. and mother of the late Edward J. Jr. (Shirley), Kevin T. (Sheila), Joan C. (Patrick) McCabe and Lizanne T. (the late Paul) Sloan. She is survived by her siblings, Patricia Kelly (the late Frank), Catherine Murphy (Joseph), Paul Coleman (Judy), Theresa Coleman, James Coleman (Mary) and pre-deceased by brothers Anthony (the late Anne), Thomas (Margaret), Robert (Rita), Rosemary (Michael). Joan was the proud grandmother of Joseph Wallin (the late), Lauren Skvarek (John), Kevin T. Wallin (Danielle), Kerry Wallin, Thomas Wallin, Moira McCabe (Kelly Ford), Patrick McCabe (Molly), Molly McCabe, Lizanne McIvor (Steven), Brittany Sloan (Vincent Pinketti), and great-grandchildren Nikolas Franks, Shayla McIvor, Luka Wallin, Aurora Pinketti and Emmett Wallin.
At the heart of Joan’s life was her family. She was so proud of her siblings and the family she raised. After graduating in 1946 from West Catholic Girls High School, Joan worked at Strawbridge and Clothier as a salesclerk and when she returned to the workforce after raising her family, she worked for many years in the management office of John Wanamaker’s. Joan loved jitterbugging with her husband, going to the beach in Wildwood, NJ, family parties and attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She was a huge Philly fan rooting for the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers. A caring and loving woman, she had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and prayed nightly with her long list of special intentions for loved ones. Joan loved to send numerous cards to family and friends for birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations and words of comfort during sad times. A big fan of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, you could find Joan walking the entire route assisting in carrying the green and gold St. Thomas More High School banner. She was a member of the Shanahan Catholic Club and a former communicant at her childhood parish of St. Gregory Church where she and Ed were married on May 6, 1950. Also, she was a former communicant at St. Francis de Sales Church in West Philadelphia and long-time member of St. Andrew Church in Drexel Hill, PA.
Relatives and friends are invited to her Viewing on Friday, May 6 at Saint Andrew Church, 81 Swamp Rd, Newtown, PA 18940 from 10-11 AM with Funeral Mass immediately following. The mass will be livestreamed which can be found on https://www.standrewnewtown.com/livestream. Interment at Washington Crossing Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name to Pickering Manor, 226 N Lincoln Ave, Newtown, PA 18940, or Joan would love you giving a hug to someone in need would be appreciated.