Joan Montgomery

January 22, 1931 ~ December 6, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Joan Montgomery Obituary


January 22, 1931 – December 6, 2023


With great sorrow, we announce the loss of Joan Montgomery, our devoted Mother, fun-loving Grandmother, and proud Great Grandmother. Kathleen “Joan” Burns was born in Media, PA, the daughter of the late Sarah Marie (Deeney) and William Burns.  


A bold spirit with a hearty sense of humor and boisterous laugh, Joan’s confident presence made her a friend and confidant to many throughout her life. From growing up in West Philadelphia, residing on Bryan St. in Drexel Hill for 45 years, and serving Delaware County’s Department of Parks & Recreation for over 20 years, the “delightfully grumpy Joan Montgomery,” as she was once famously referred to in a Delco Daily Times article, was a rare gem with her genuine character and penchant for keeping it real.


Gregarious and social, Joan loved to endlessly chat on the phone, play rounds of bridge at the Senior Center, and “win big” at the Blackjack tables and slot machines in Atlantic City. She also enjoyed traveling to Ireland, vacationing at the Jersey Shore, and visiting her family in California, which was conveniently located near the Las Vegas casinos. Her ultimate joy was spending time and showering her family with love. 


Married for over fifty years to the late James Montgomery, Joan is now reunited with “her Jimmy,” who affectionately called her “Queenie.” Joan is survived by her children Marian (Marty) Brill, Michelle (Bruce) Podlesnik, Edward (Cathy) Montgomery, and Matthew (Debbie) Montgomery. She was Nanny to twelve now adult grandchildren, and more recently, Nana J to ten great grandchildren who will always remember her warmth and infamous wet kisses.


We welcome gatherers to wear bright, bold, or festive colors to celebrate our mother’s legacy.


Visitation: Thursday, December 28 at 9:30 am at St. Dorothy’s Church 4910 Township Line Road.

Mass: Thursday, December 28 at 10:30 am at St. Dorothy’s Church

Interment: SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery


In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made in Joan’s honor to 

Doctors Without Borders ( or 

St. Dorothy’s Roman Catholic Church

4910 Township Line Road

Drexel Hill, PA  19026




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December 28, 2023

9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
St. Dorothy Church in Drexel Hill
4910 Township Line Rd
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Funeral Mass
December 28, 2023

10:30 AM
St. Dorothy Church in Drexel Hill
4910 Township Line Rd
Drexel Hill, PA 19026


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