December 6, 2023

Joan B. (Karpowich) Doran


Seekonk - Joan B. (Karpowich) Doran, 85, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 9, 2023 at the Hope Hospice Center in Providence, RI. She was the beloved wife of the late Harold E. Doran. Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Cecilia (Stojek) Karpowich.

Joan graduated high school from Sacred Heart Academy, Pawtucket, and completed her education at Roger Williams School of Nursing. Joan and her late husband owned and operated the former Doran Studio of Seekonk, MA for over fifty years. Throughout her career, while working the family business and raising her family, she also worked as a registered nurse at the VA Medical Center, Providence, for thirty-five years. She was innovative working at one of the first VA Medical Center Dialysis Centers where she not only provided patient care but managed the dialysis technology. Joan cherished her time working for Marc S Weinberg, MD in his Nephrology practice and during his tenure at the VA Medical Center. She ended her 50-year nursing career at Fresenius Kidney Care, Providence, where she provided patients with outpatient dialysis.

She is survived by two loving daughters, Marianne “Mimi” Doran-Collins and her husband, Matthew, and Christine M. Pistocco and her husband, Lou, all of Attleboro, MA; five beloved grandchildren, Ashley, Alicia, Meaghan, Mikaela and her husband, David, and Patrick; a great-granddaughter, Mila; two brothers, Joseph Karpowich of Englewood, FL and Francis Karpowich of Cumberland, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends were welcomed to celebrate Joan’s life at a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Fr. Sean Kulacz, on Friday, January 20th at 11:00AM in Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Coyle Dr., Seekonk, MA. Interment with her late husband followed at Seekonk Cemetery, Newman Ave., Seekonk. Visitation and floral tributes were respectfully omitted. Memorial gifts to the VA Medical Center, 830 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, RI 02908 would be appreciated. Online condolences at 

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