Joan C. Johanson, a retired clinical social worker who had worked with the terminally ill at the Hospice of the Chesapeake and also volunteered with her church, died Oct. 29 at her Severna Park home of cardiopulmonary disease. She was 83.
She was the daughter of Irish immigrants: John Flaherty a postal employee, and Nora Flaherty, a private-duty nurse and homemaker.
Joan Catherine Flaherty was born and raised in New London, Conn., where she graduated from Williams Memorial Institute, a high school.
She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College for Women, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in 1955 in government.
She met her future husband, Robert Louis “Bob”...