Joan R. Cauley, 92, of Hudson


Hudson – Joan R. Cauley passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 in Hudson, MA. She was born December 28th, 1930 in St. Marys, PA, the daughter of the late Steve and Catherine Rupprecht. In 2021 Joan decided to move closer to most of her family so she could enjoy watching her great grandchildren grow up.

Joan leaves behind her 6 children: Kathleen (James Wheeler) of Richmond, VA, John (Ellen) of Shirley, MA, Gerard (Luisa) of Hudson, MA, Thomas (Maureen) of Westford, MA, James (Adriana) of Hopkinton, NH and Jennifer of Hudson, MA. In addition to her children, she leaves behind her beloved grand and great grandchildren: Max and Sarah, CJ and Natalie and their daughter Nora, Matt and Terri and their kids Torri, Anthony and Lincoln, Ashley and Chris and their kids Jamie and Emma, Jason and Kendal, Nick, Erin and her fiancé Greg, Tim, Tonko and Kristof. Her sisters Kathryn Distler of St. Marys, PA, and Roberta Ryan (Michael) of Spring Hill, FL, survive her.

Joan was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, class of 1948.  November 25, 1954 she married Bernard J. Cauley, who preceded her in death October 8, 1993. Joan stayed at home raising her kids and spoiling them with all of her homemade baked goods. In addition to baking, Joan spent her time crocheting afghans and hanging hand towels that she loved to gift to others.  After the death of her husband, Joan spent many mornings doing water aerobics at the Country Club or Windfall Pines, attending daily mass at Queen, and going to breakfast with the “breakfast bunch.”

A funeral service will be held at St. Michaels Parish, 21 Manning Street in Hudson, MA on Monday June 5th at 9am. Visiting will be from 7:30 to 8:30 AM prior to the mass at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home, 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749. A memorial service is being planned for family and friends in St. Marys, PA on June 10, 2023 at Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home, 169 Center St, St. Marys, PA with visitation from 9:30-10:30am and a service immediately following at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Joan’s name to Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Rd, St. Marys, PA 15857 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 200 Vesey St. 28th Floor, New York NY 10281 (

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