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Joan Hilary Messer Komorowski

Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Monday, December 23, 2019 at 1:00 PM

St. Ann Catholic Church


Joan Hilary Messer Komorowski , 82, of Catonsville, MD and formerly of Hagerstown, MD, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the Gilchrist Center in Towson, MD.

Born Tuesday, September 14, 1937 in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of  the late Henry P. Messer and Hilary (Imhoff) Messer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Francis Komorowski, Sr.

She graduated from Seton High School and later graduated from nursing school. Following her nursing training at Saint Agnes Hospital, Joan worked at various hospitals and doctor's offices. Later Joan was employed as a registered nurse with Dr. Bandi, retiring after 20 years.

She was an active member of St. Ann Catholic Church, where she sang in the choir and was a Eucharistic Minister. Joan was an avid roller skater and instructor at Starland Roller Rink, and also served with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. One of Joan's greatest joys was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and faithful canine companion, Tillie.

She is survived by her three daughters, Mary Katherine Alford and husband Dayton of Pikesville, MD, Mary Frances Jefferies and husband Chris of Hagerstown, MD, and Mary Patricia Andreas and husband Roger of Ellicott City, MD; son, Ronald Edward Keyser, Jr. of Ellicott City, MD; five stepdaughters, Linda Lee Field of Hagerstown, MD, Patricia Ann McCleary of Waynesboro, PA, Elizabeth Jane Beachley of Hagerstown, MD, Dorothy Josephine Jones of Hagerstown, MD, and Barbara Jene Amerine of Sheridan, OR; two stepsons, Leo Francis Komorowski of Thurmont, MD and John Joseph Komorowski of Waynesboro, PA; brothers, Vincent Christian Messer of Bar Harbor, ME and Lawrence Joseph Messer of Westminster, MD; twenty-five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Judith Curtis and two infant sons.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 23, 2019, at 1:00 pm, at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Avenue, Hagerstown, MD, with the Rev. Msgr. J. Bruce Jarboe as celebrant.

Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD on Sunday, December 22, 2019 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Interment will be at the Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1393 Progress Way Suite 908, Eldersburg, MD 21784 or NORD (National Organization for Rare Disease) Attn. Dept. 5930, P.O. Box 4110, Woburn, MA 01888.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Guest Book

Pat , so sorry at the lost of your Mom . It has been a long time Pat . Do u remember me from being your roommate at Towson State in the 4 person. Room . ?? Well give my condolences to your entire family . Ann Kitchen Mohler

Ann Kitchen Mohler
Shippensburg, PA

My deepest sympathy to the family. I worked with Joan for 20 years at Dr. Bandy's office. I have many fond memories while working with her. She will sorely be missed. She was like a second mother to me. Rest in peace my friend, until we meet again.

Tina Thomas

To Ms.Joan’s Beautiful Family and Friends, There are only Heavenly Words that can testify to Ms. Joan’s virtues of faith, hope, and charity. The very essence of LOVE was always present when one was either singing next to her or just conversing with her. She fed my faith, as well as, my children’s with novenas, intercession prayers, her devout faith and her loving care of the priesthood. I know that we who mourn her absence here below will no doubt join her with the Communion of Saints and the Choir of Angels. Joan please save us a space upon the skating rink of Heaven. We love you. Eternal Rest grant unto thee, O Lord and let Perpetual Light shine upon thee.May you rest in Peace. Amen

Vanessa Parks
Hagerstown, Maryland

Our hearts are broken for your loss. May your memories of her wonderful smile, great love for you and her kindness give you strength today and everyday. She’s watching over you and will always be with you. We love you all! Xoxoxox Jen, Emma and Eryn

Jen Emma and Eryn
Clifton Park , NY

Our prayers and thoughts

Joe & Joyce Auffarth
Catonsville, Maryland

We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With all of our love - Janine, Riley and Payton

Janine, Riley &Payton Holmes
Columbia , MD

Our deepest sympathy for Joan’s family. Our sincere prayers for her comfort in the Lord’s Glory. With love for all, Dave and Myrna Gibson

Cdr. & Mrs. David R. Gibson
Venice, FL

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of this wonderful lady! The memories are to many to write, but my fondest times were spending with the family at Aunt G's for Christmas and of the many hours and days we spent at Starland. Joanie had a great presence and influence on so many of us.

Bill Grimsley
Edgewater, Maryland

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