Joseph J. Shannahan, 90, of Williamsburg, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass was held, Jan. 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg, with Father Joseph Roost officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Williamsburg with military honors. Memorials may be contributed to the charity of the donor’s choice.
He is survived by his daughters, Sandy (Jim) Weldon of Oxford, Marcy (Kent) Wardenburg of Williamsburg, and Julie (Dan) Corman of Broomfield, Colo.; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Ruth Shannahan of Williamsburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Katie in 2011, a daughter Teri Shannahan, and a granddaughter Tara Wardenburg, three brothers, Newman (Dorothy Jean), Eugene, and James Shannahan, and three sisters, Mary Agnes Shannahan, Marguerite Shannahan, and Dorothy (Frank) Matern.
Joseph James Shannahan was born Feb. 15, 1923, in Williamsburg, the son of Thomas and Regina Gallagher Shannahan. He graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1941, and served in the U.S. Army, stationed in the South Pacific. Joe returned home and married Kathryn Gallagher on May 10, 1949, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. He owned and operated Joe’s Tavern in Williamsburg for 22 years, and also was a rural mail carrier for 28 years.
Joe served with the Williamsburg Fire Department for 25 years, serving as chief for four years. Joe was a member of the Iburg-Poulson VFW Post 8797, and the American Legion. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Williamsburg.
Online condolences may be extended to the family at www.klosterfuneralhome.com.