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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009
Margaret Joan McCarthy

Margaret Joan McCarthy

Friday, November 22nd, 1929 - Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
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Margaret Joan McCarthy, 89, of Edgerton, KS, died peacefully in the family home on April 3, 2019. Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 pm Tues., April 9, 2019 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111; with Rosary at 5:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 am Wed., April 10, 2019 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 555 W. Main, Gardner, KS. Burial follows at St. Columbine Catholic Cemetery, Edgerton, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Columbine Catholic Cemetery Fund or to Compassionate Care Hospice, Kansas City, MO. Condolences may be left at

Joan was born Nov. 22, 1929 in rural Spring Hill, KS to John Homer and Mabel Margaret (Harper) Griffin. She was a lifelong resident of the area. Joan graduated in 1947 from the Ursaline Academy in Paola, KS. She attended Gardner High School during her junior year. After attending Emporia State Teacher’s College, she taught in one-room rural schools until she married Edward Neal McCarthy on Aug. 24, 1950 in Gardner, KS. Joan and Neal were married for 57 years, until his death in 2007. They lived in Edgerton until moving to the family farm in 1957, where they raised eight children. Once her children were older, she worked as a special education paraprofessional at Gardner Edgerton High School and at Edgerton Elementary. She was a proud, active and faithful member of the Assumption Catholic Church in Edgerton, KS. Joan enjoyed spending time with her growing family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Neal; daughters-in-law: Sherri McCarthy and Donna McCarthy; great-grandson Wyatt McCarthy and brothers: John D. and Bill Griffin and sister, Carrol Brennan. Joan is survived by her children: Karen Curtin, Manhattan, KS, Barb (Robert) Kearney, Suffolk, VA, John (Joan) McCarthy, Admire, KS, David McCarthy, Pomona, KS, Jean (Mike) Norris, Edgerton, KS, Dan McCarthy, Spring Hill, KS, Bob (Melissa) McCarthy, Edgerton, KS and Anita (Dennis) Lickteig, Olathe, KS; 20 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, including Kevin Brennan and Theresa Knipp.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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    Rosary 5:30 pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 10:30am
    Divine Mercy Catholic Church
    555 W Main
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Interment

    St. Columbine Catholic Cemetery
    20612 Dillie Rd
    EDGERTON, KS 66021
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Steve Michael Hart

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Steve Hart. My parents always said Neil and joan were the nicest people they met when my family moved to Edgerton
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We come across many people in a lifetime but true friends are are as precious as gold. Joan was a true friend and a forever influence in our lives.
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Judy & Doug Cooper

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Our warmest condolences to the family of Joan McCarthy. What a great lady to work with durning my days at Edgerton Elementary. God Bless you all!
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