Joseph Geraghty, 80, of Whitewater passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020

Joe was born on May 21, 1940 in Kilmeena, County Mayo, Ireland, son of John Joseph and Winifred Geraghty. Joe immigrated to Chicago in 1961, where he met the love of his life, Mary Jo Murphy. They were married on October 19, 1963 at Queen of Martyrs Catholic church in Chicago, and together they had two children. Joe was a mechanic and for much of his career was self-employed.

He enjoyed Irish music, golfing, traveling with family, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was generous to all who knew him and was known for his quick wit.

Joe will be sadly missed by his loving wife Mary Jo; daughter, Mary (James Hobart) Geraghty; son, John Geraghty; grandchildren; Brendan, Connor & Caitriona Hobart, Jack & Elizabeth Geraghty; brother, Vince (Evelyn) Garrity, of New York; brothers & sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, additional relatives, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his brother, John “Jack” Geraty, who passed on August 30, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Joe’s name to The Irish American Heritage Center (IAHC), 4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like to give special thanks to Rainbow Hospice and Hearthstone staff for their exceptional care.

Services are private to the family.

Nitardy Funeral Home in Whitewater is assisting the family with arrangements.

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