ALBANY – Joan L. Walsh left this world on March 9, 2020. She was born in Albany on April 19th 19 “something,” the daughter of the late Leo and Alvina Somerville. She was the dear wife of the late William F. Walsh.
Joan was predeceased by her brothers Leo Somerville and Richard Somerville, as well as nephew Lee Somerville. She is survived by her brother Rev. Alvin J. Somerville, OFM Conv., and her beloved daughters Dr. Amy Walsh (Howard Malamood), and Megan A. Hart (Robert), and her six beloved grandchildren Luke (Deborah), Mark (Marisa), Paul, Kyra, and Megan Malamood, and Matthew Hart. She leaves behind her sister-in-law Marcia Somerville of Wilmington, DE and nephews Shane, Kelly, Kevin and Brian Somerville, and many dear cousins and friends.
Joan was greatly loved by her family and all who had the opportunity to know her. She was a guiding light in the lives of her children and grandchildren. As her brother Jack (Fr. Alvin) said, “Life won’t be the same without her.”
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Friday morning at 10:00 a.m., and from there to St. Vincent DePaul Church, Madison Ave. at Partridge St., at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Click here to view Joan’s resting place in Calvary Cemetery, 481 Route 9W, Glenmont, NY 12077.
Joan was a very special inspiration and friend to me throughout my adult life. She actually introduced me to the finer culinary aspects at an early age. Her memory(and there were many) will graciously live with me forever. My condolences to the entire family and especially to Amy and Megan who cared for and loved Joan her entire life. God Bless.
Dear Megan – Thinking of you and your family. We pray for you all. What a great lady your mom was and oh how she lived her life to the fullest. Hold those memories tight during the difficult days.
Dearest Malamood family, et al, please accept my condolences for your loss, and let me take the liberty of extending the prayers and good will of the entire Villanova Humanities family. Eternal Rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual Light shine upon her.
Joan was a dear friend. To me and many others. I will miss her very much.. So pleased her daughters saw to it that her many final years were joyful ones.
Our sincere sympathy on the death of your mother and grandmother. I knew Joan from St.John’s/St.Ann’s, later St. Francis of Assisi S.E. Site. I will miss talking with her,
Khalan and Tom O’Brien
Our condolences to the Somerville and Malamood Family. Joan was a sweet person and she will be missed. You are all in our prayers.
Dr. Amy Walsh – So sorry to hear of your loss.
Sonny and Perley
Dear Amy, Jack and family, just tonight
we were speaking of you, Amy, and Joan, Bill and Jack. I just had a “funny feeling” that I should check the obituaries, hoping that I would not find Joan’s name there… We are so deeply sorry to read of Joan’s passing. Such a great loss for you and Jack and your family and for those of us who had the good fortune and pure delight of knowing her. She was definitely “a cat”, as we say in the jazz world when someone is a very cool person! We will never forget Joan and Bill and how they supported us and other local musicians. They always made us feel loved and appreciated.
We will miss her. Sending our Love and deep condolences.
PS. Did I ever tell you, Amy, how Joan resembled my (Perley) Italian grandmother?
Dear Amy, Megan, Howard, and Somervilles,
Just got word of my beloved friend and classmate (Jack’s) death. Looking for his obituary, I found Joan’s !! And so after so many wonderful memories with both Jack and “the family” for so many years, my sense of loss is doubled!! Both Joan and Jack were such fun, as well as all of you. You remain permanently living in my mind and gratitude.
Eternal rest and joy to those who have gone to God; my shared loss and condolences to you who remain.
Peace, Blessings and Love,
Vincent DePaul Henry