Joan Susan Jennings
02/20/1962 - 08/04/2020

Joan Susan Jennings, nee Bishop, of Chatham, passed away on August 4, 2020, after a long battle with cancer. She was 58.

She was born on February 20, 1962 to parents Jim and Sue Bishop in New Jersey. Joan graduated from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School in 1980 and received her B. A. in Engineering from Lafayette College in 1984, where she graduated as one of very few female Engineering majors in her class. She married Bob Jennings in 1989.

During her professional life, Joan was an underwriting manager, HR manager, loss control engineer and consultant at Chubb & Son Inc. Joan was a gifted athlete and was most at home on a platform tennis or volleyball court. She shared her love of sports with her children, attending their various games throughout their lives and coaching her daughter in field hockey. She was a devoted mother and wife, and treasured all of her friends and Sigma Kappa sorority sisters. Joan’s laugh carried across parking lots, and she always made those around her smile. She was one of the most thoughtful people imaginable, often putting her needs aside to take care of others. Joan was an active part of her community and volunteered at Bridges Outreach, Chatham Schools, and the Community Foodbank. Joan was extremely positive and strong, especially while facing her cancer diagnosis, where her ability to look on the bright side never failed. She was loved and supported by friends and family during her diagnosis, and she could often be found wearing her Lafayette leopard spots. She was always prepared, even leaving instructions for her family about what to do in the event that she passed away. She was a dog lover, having grown up with a dog, and loving our family dogs. She wanted those who are mourning her to know that she is deeply grateful for their presence in her life, and she is now looking out for them up above.

Joan is survived by her husband, Bob; children, Rob and Michelle Jennings; brother, Craig Bishop; and sister, Beth O’Boyle.  She was predeceased by father Jim Bishop and mother Sue Bishop.


Funeral Home:
Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home
Visitation Hours:
A private family only gathering will be held at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, Chatham, at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, August 11.
Funeral:
To celebrate her life, a Funeral Mass where family and friends are welcome will be held on Tuesday, August 11 at 10:30 AM at Corpus Christi RC Church, Chatham. Please be advised, that due to COVID 19 restrictions, a total of 60 guests are permitted in the sanctuary of the church and another 20 in the atrium.

To access the livestream of Joan Jennings Funeral Mass, please click here at 10:30 AM EDT Tuesday, Aug. 11 and press play button on the right side under Live Stream Events heading. A replay should be available afterwards.
Committal:
The interment will be held following Mass at Fairview Cemetery, Westfield
Memorial Gifts:
Instead of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be made to Bridges Outreach or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
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