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Joan Anne Hyland

February 27, 1935 - April 21, 2022

Loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother & friend


Service Date: July 1, 2022

In Lieu of Flowers: See Obit

Obituaries » Joan Anne Hyland

Joan Kiely Hyland, aged 87. passed away peacefully, surrounded by her four loving children: Diane (Thomas Romo), Jeanne (Timothy Mayes), Gary Kiely (fiancé LouAnn Vena) and Nancy (Charles Deitrich).

Joan had eight grandchildren (Chad, Kiel and Jake Deitrich, Robert, Thomas and Daniel Romo, and Bryan and Ashley Kiely) and two great-grandchildren (Adalaide and Charlee Deitrich).

Joan was born in Denville, New Jersey, the eldest of the three children of Leo and Mildred Kabis. In addition to her four children, she is survived by her brother, Thomas Kabis. Her love and devotion to her children and grandchildren was a hallmark of her life.

Until her sudden passing, Joan was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Hilton Head Island. Her support for the Catholic Church was significant throughout her life.
She participated as a lector, catechism teacher, Eucharistic minister, financial contributor, and member of the choir for 75 years. She continued to worship, study and enhance her faith for her entire life.

Joan was married to Robert Kiely for 49 years. They met as lifeguards while Joan was in High School. They raised their children in nearby Parsippany, NJ. In 2006, Joan and Bob
retired to West Palm Beach, Florida, where Bob passed away later that year. Joan married Ed Hyland in 2008. He passed in 2012.

Joan studied interior design at the Traphagen School of Fashion in New York City. After volunteering as room-mother, Brownie leader, Little League supporter, PTA member, and swimming instructor, Joan was in charge of local newspaper delivery.

She then worked at the Parsippany Board of Education office until retirement. She was a world traveler, either traveling with friends or visiting her family in the U.S., Europe, Israel and Japan. Joan was a
resident of Seabrook of Hilton Head since March of 2020, a retirement community where she enjoyed life surrounded by many friends and nonstop activities.

Please join us to celebrate Joan’s life on Friday, July 1, 2022, at 11:30 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Denville, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Little Baby Face Foundation ( would be greatly appreciated.