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Joan M. (Reilly) Monk, 81, sadly lost her battle with cancer on May 14, 2019. She was the beloved wife of the late John Monk for 53 years.
Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late John and Frances Reilly and the sister of the late Kathy Reilly.
Prior to retirement, she worked for many years as a telephone operator for AT&T, James Kaplan Jewelers and APC. In her 50's, she earned an Associates Degree in Human Resources. Joan's love and devotion to her Lord, Jesus Christ, was very evident in the way she served Him. In her earlier years she helped teach Catechism and was a Cub Scout Leader. She attended Saints John and Paul Church faithfully and served as a Lector, Eucharistic minister, and a Stephen minister. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was introducing others to Christ by means of the Alpha program for nine years and continued to help initiate the program at other churches. Joan also had a love for traveling the world, Ireland being one of her favorite places to visit. In her later years, she became quite an artist, painting several scenes she had visited on her many trips. Her paintings adorn all of her children's homes and the select few that were fortunate enough to receive one. Joan was the light, hands and feet of Christ and touched many along her journey.
Joan is survived by her four sons, John J., and his wife Dianna, of Cookeville, TN, Robert M., William J., and Steven J. Monk, all of Providence; two daughters Doreen Puopolo,and her husband Scott, of South Royalton, VT and Maureen Monk, of Port St. Lucie, FL; and five beloved grandchildren Austin and Janina Monk, and Joshua, James, and Rachel Puopolo. Joan is also survived by her sister, Patricia Denyer and her husband Al and nephews, Larry and Steven and niece, Linda.
Visitation will be held Thursday, May 23rd, 5 – 8 pm, in the Russell J. Boyle Funeral Home, 142 Centerville Rd., Warwick. Funeral will be held, Friday, May 24th, at 9:15 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am, in Sts. John and Paul Church, 341 South Main St., Coventry. Burial will be at the RI Veteran’s Cemetery, Exeter.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s name to: Sts. John and Paul Church, 341 South Main Street, Coventry, RI 02816