Joan Kennedy, 75, mortgage lender, real estate agent

November 23, 2005

Joan V.A. Kennedy, a retired mortgage lender who had worked in real estate sales, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Sunday at Charlestown Retirement Community. The former Timonium resident was 75.

Joan Van Auken was born in Detroit and raised in Cleveland. She earned a bachelor's degree in 1952 from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, and was 63 when she earned a master's degree in liberal arts in 1993 from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Mrs. Kennedy had worked as a secretary for several years before earning her real estate license. From 1976 until 1991, she was employed in real estate sales for O'Conor, Piper & Flynn.

In 1991, she took a position as a mortgage lender at the old Loyola Federal Savings & Loan, from which she retired in 1995.

She had volunteered for many years and served as chairman of the annual Towsontown Festival.

Mrs. Kennedy was interested in the artist Georgia O'Keeffe and had visited the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Taos, N.M., several times while writing her master's thesis. She also was a world traveler and had participated in the Elderhostel program.

Her husband of 13 years, James T. Kennedy, an automobile salesman, died in 1978.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Saturday at Charlestown's Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, 715 Maiden Choice Lane.

Surviving are three sons, Joseph P. Wagner of Fitchburg, Mass., James R. Wagner of Baltimore and Sean Wagner of Blacksburg, Va.; two daughters, Judith M. Wagner of Cockeysville and Cathleen A. Keplinger of Baltimore; three brothers, Lewis Van Auken of Prescott, Ariz., and Robert Van Auken and Richard Van Auken, both of Hilton Head, S.C.; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson. Her marriage to Joseph P. Wagner Sr. ended in divorce.

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