Joseph Michael Mahoney, age 82, of Georgetown, passed away on November 22, 2021 at Iowa Heart-MercyOne in Des Moines. He was born on October 3, 1939 at home on the family farm in Georgetown, Iowa to Mike and Catherine (Comer) Mahoney.
Joe was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School in Georgetown and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Truman State University, and a master’s from Western Illinois University in Educational Administration. He married Collette McWeeney in Dublin, Ireland on December 28, 1970 and they celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. He had a long career as an educator, serving as a public school teacher and principal for decades, and then was proud of his work establishing the Correctional Education School Authority in Hamilton Correctional Institution in Jasper, Florida. Joe served his community in working on the Governor’s Advisory Board for Neglected and Abused Children, the Library Board in Monroe County, as an American Legion member, and as a Hospice Volunteer. He also actively served his church community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, a board member of the Faith Formation for the Diocese of Davenport, a lay director and member of the parish council of St. Patrick’s, and as a member of the Precious Blood Companions.
Joe is survived by his wife, Collette; children, Peggy (Jason) and Moira (Chris); grandchildren, Finnian, Liam, and Brendan; sister and brother-in-law Celine and Ciaran; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers John and Paul; sisters Mary, Elizabeth, and Theresa; nieces Karen and Kay; nephews Bernard and Jim; and great-nephew Brendan.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held. Public visitation will be held on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at Sinnott Funeral Home in Albia from 3-5 p.m. There will be a public burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Georgetown at 12:00 p.m., on Monday, November 29, 2021`. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will take place in 2022 and will be announced in advance. Joe’s family request for memorial contributions directed to the Society of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province. Online condolences may be left for the family at sinnottfuneralhome.com