The late Johanna Eager
THE DEATH of Johanna Eager (nee Casey) on Friday, February 22, at the grand age of 87 years, deprived Ashill, Ballymacelligott, of one of its most cherished residents.
Johanna was born on September 29, 1925 in Clounmellane, Firies to Edmund and Johanna Casey into a family of five brothers and three sisters.
She met her husband Jeremiah in the 1940s and after marrying they moved to Clashatlea, Ballymacelligott, where they raised their family of eight - four daughters and four sons. The family later moved to Ashill.
Johanna and Jerermiah were great companions and worked hard together to raise their family. Johanna used to make her daily trip by bicycle to her parents in Firies to care for them in their later years, while rearing her own family.
Sadly for Johanna she lost her son Eddie in 2001 and husband Jeremiah in 2006, but she bore both crosses bravely.
Johanna was a great baker and her grandchildren on their visits were always allowed to help, much to their delight. She had many great friends and neighbours and she enjoyed when they visited and always had a cup of tea and some fresh home baking ready for them.
Johanna looked forward to visits from her 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and she welcomed each with a warm heart.
The removal of Johanna's remains took place from Hogan's Funeral Home on Sunday, February 24 to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymacelligott. Following Requiem Mass on Monday morning at 11am, interment took place in New Rath Cemetery.
Johanna is sadly missed by her daugters Joan, Eileen, Marie and Theresa, sons Joe, Anthony and Tom, brother Eugene, sisters Mamie and Helen, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and close neighbours.
Johanna's Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymacelligott, on this Thursday, March 28 at 7pm.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.