In Loving

Joan “Jody” Jiral

May 6, 1958 – June 16, 2023

Joan “Jody” Jiral passed away on June 16, 2023, in Richmond, VA while surrounded by loved ones.

She attended four years at Bishop O’Connell High School, graduating in 1976, and then her next four years at James Madison University, graduating in 1980. During those years, she played clarinet, became a liturgical reader at Mass, was elected the social services minister of CCM (Catholic Campus Ministries), spent four years running a ministry to Linville Prison and 2 years at a ministry at Western State, and achieved her B.S. with honors, double majoring in religious studies and special education. After JMU, she taught students with special needs in the Waynesboro school system. After a year, she changed careers and became a paralegal in a DC law firm and lead discovery production team in southern California. She continued her paralegal career in Richmond, VA as she got married in 1985 and had three wonderful children. In 2000, she completed her master’s degree in religious education from Loyola University, got divorced and, for the next 6 years, taught religion at St. Gertrude High School. She also started playing clarinet with the Richmond Pops Band and played with them for the next 20+ years.  In 2011, she began working with the Commission. Over the 40+ years since moving to Richmond, she was active in the Catholic community, doing volunteer work which ranged from coaching softball, basketball and tiger cubs, to teaching confirmation classes, Vacation Bible school and children’s liturgy, to continuing to be a Liturgical reader.

Survivors include her three children, Erika Haldi, Greg Jiral, and Kira Jiral; her brother, Tim O’Rourke; her mother, Louise O’Rourke; and her dog, Darcy. She also leaves behind her daughter-in-law, Rachel Jiral; son-in-law, Matthew Haldi; and two grandsons, Joey and Miles Haldi.

The family will receive friends who wish to express their condolences at a gathering held Friday, June 23, 2023, from 5 to 7 pm at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to consider a donation in Jody’s memory to Bishop O’Connell High School, directed to the Campus Ministry and Retreats Program or to Little Hands Virginia.