Joan Bernadette Rosenthall

December 13, 1933 - August 16, 2021
Joan Bernadette Rosenthall


Joan Bernadette (Doran) Rosenthall, 87, predeceased by her husband, Dr. Charles Rosenthall, died on August 16, 2021, at Davis Health Care Center of Porter’s Neck, after a brief illness. Joan was born in Medford, MA on December 13, 1933, the daughter of Leo Doran and Helen Morrow Doran, and resided in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida, and North Carolina. She attended Medford High School and Somerville Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Rosenthall was employed by Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, FL, Fawcett Hospital, Rochester, New Hampshire, and Elliot Hospital, Manchester, New Hampshire. She retired in 2003.

She was a dedicated labor and delivery/postpartum nurse, helping countless families, providing them with confidence and compassion. Joan was a committed Boston Red Sox fan who wouldn’t miss a game. She was a member of Egret Pointe Bocce League in Florida and a competitive card and board game player, especially Rummicube. Joan loved music and Jimmy Buffet was a favorite. Her family was lucky to share a few of his concerts with her.

Survivors include: two daughters, Lisa Jellison (Frank Arico) and Laura Schultz (David); sons, Dr. Louis Rosenthall (Mary), Gene Rosenthall (Linda); grandchildren Charles Rosenthall, Jennifer Fennelly, Michael Jellison, Sarah Sloper, Mark Jellison, Melissa Rosenthall, Matthew Jellison, Rachel Rosenthall, Alex Schultz, and Annabel Schultz; ten great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Doran (Agnes), and thirty-two nieces and nephews.

Joan was predeceased by her son, Jay Harris and sisters, Marilyn Hogan, Annette Parece, Leona Correlle and Barbara Fagan.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date, one in New Hampshire and one in North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org or Public Broadcasting Service https://www.pbs.org/

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Davis Health Care Center, Walker Taylor House and Lower Cape Fear LifeCare for their compassionate care.

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  • August 22, 2021
    Cameron Spearman says:
    The employees of Walker Taylor at The Davis Community would like to offer our condolences and our thanks to the family. Mrs.Joan was a sweet, caring, and loving person that made sure we knew she was thankful for all who cared for her. Sometimes on the days that seems the hardest, her kind words were enough to help you get through the day. We thank the family for allowing and trusting us to care for Mrs. Joan, and we cherish the time we had with her.

  • August 22, 2021
    Kathie FAGAN says:
    Aunt Joan was so full of life And love..She was a giving devoted nurse not just at her job but continuingly throughout her life ... She had sparkle and zest and love to laugh she devoted her life to family and others... I don’t ever remember too many times when she wasn’t laughing or having a smile on her face oh welcoming people into her home... I remember a story when she was living in Florida and there was a hurricane approaching and there was an older tenant and one of the other units it was all alone...Before the storm approached she invited him in to her unit which was in a safer location so that he would be OK..I’m sure she invited half the complex I don’t think they all came but that’s how she was..Growing up we all spent time at Great East lake with competitive board games boat rides skiing swimming cookouts and many celebrations..It’s quite sad that she has passed but she joins her mom and dad and her sisters Annette Leona Barbara And Marilyn and I’m sure they have welcomed her with open loving arms... We all love and miss you auntie rest in the peace that you deserve ❤️❤️

  • August 22, 2021
    Jeffrey Seeley says:
    Gene, so sorry to hear this news. Wishing you and your family strength during this difficult time.

  • August 22, 2021
    Dana Boudreault says:
    Gene, your Mom sounds like she was one awesome person! I didn’t know her but it is evident how she shaped you as person you are, who in turn touched my life as my very first flight instructor, and now as someone I am proud to call a friend. So thank you, Joan, for that! My parents have lived in Fort Myers since the mid-90’s, and I am wondering if they spent time in Lee Memorial when your Mom was working there.

  • August 22, 2021
    Carol Bradley says:
    Joan was a great friend to me when I moved to NH. She also taught me to be a Labor and Delivery nurse in the most caring ways. Living next door to her was a priviledge