Published in The Washington Post on June 12, 2016
JOAN CONROY UHAR
Joan Conroy Uhar passed away at the Spruce Creek
Assisted Living Facility in Port Orange, FL on April 28,
2016 under the care of Halifax Health Hospice and in the
presence of her two daughters.
Joan was born in Far Rockaway, New York, on December
18, 1927, the first of seven children of James J. Conroy, Jr. and Helen Conroy. Joan
attended the old Western High School (1945) in Washington, DC then Duquesne
University in Pittsburgh, PA where she received a degree in music. At Duquesne Joan
met Robert David Uhar, a Pittsburgh native back from WWII. Joan and Bob were married
in Clarkesville, MD on June 24, 1950 and raised their four sons and two daughters in
Joan taught for many years at St Ambrose Catholic School in Cheverly MD. Joan loved
the many students she taught at St. Ambrose, her fellow teachers, the nuns, and the
parent-teacher interaction. Joan went back to school later in life, receiving a Masters of
Education from George Washington University while teaching at St. Ambrose.
Joan and Bob moved to Florida in 2002, where they spent many happy years golfing,
enjoying the beach, cooking and entertaining family, and making new friends. Joan was a
member of the Ponce Inlet Garden Club and a parishioner at the Catholic Church of the
Epiphany in Port Orange.
Joan is survived by five of her siblings, six children, and 10 grandchildren. Joan will be
remembered for her warm smile; her curiosity to continue learning; and her love of life,
music, sports and the arts. Her ever-positive outlook on life and the ability to see good in
all people continues as a beacon to all who knew her.
A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m., this Saturday June 18, at St. Ambrose Catholic
Church in Cheverly MD.
Joan and her husband Bob, who passed away in 2011, will be interred at Fort Lincoln
A reception for family and friends will be held back at St. Ambrose after the burial.