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Joan M Kelly

Joan M. (Hallihan) Kelly, 81, a resident of Ashburnham since 1995, died peacefully Sunday, November 29, 2015 in her residence surrounded by family, following a brief illness.
Born in West Brighton, Staten Island, NY on May 2, 1934, she was the daughter of the late William and Estelle (Rumph) Hallihan.
Joan graduated from Curtis High School of Staten Island and began her working career as a secretary with Investment Dealer Digest magazine in Manhattan. She was later employed as a secretary with US Gypsum of Richmond Terrace for over 15 years, followed by an 11 year career as a freight forwarder with Unsworth Freight Forwarding of New York and New Jersey. Joan retired in 1994 after being employed as a freight forwarder with Lynden International Air Freight of Elizabeth, NJ.
Joan enjoyed shopping, gardening and baking. Her greatest joy was reading, especially mystery novels. She was known to be happiest with a mystery book in her hands. Her love of reading led her to become a volunteer at the Stevens Memorial Library of Ashburnham, where she also helped at the book sales. Joan loved the Stevens Memorial Library and treasured spending time there. She was a member of the Forever Young Senior Club and the American Legion Auxiliary of the Thomas P. Sweeney Post 142, both of Ashburnham. She was also a member of St. Denis Church of Ashburnham.
Joan was predeceased by her loving husband, James W. Kelly, who died October 30, 2015. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in December.
She leaves three daughters, Eileen P. Dyer and her husband Randy Dyer of Westminster, US Navy Commander Barbara Kelly-Mertz and her husband Major Charles Mertz of the Air National Guard of Newport, RI and Colleen M. Kelly and her significant other Armand Fougere, Jr. of Ashburnham; her only grandson whom she loved dearly, Timothy J. Lahtinen and his wife Stephanie Lahtinen of Westminster; great-grandson, Elliott Murphy of Westminster; one sister, Evelyn Hallihan Smith of New Jersey; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by five brothers, John, Frank, William, James and Robert Hallihan.
Funeral Services will be held Thursday, December 3rd at 12:00 p.m. in the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner. Father John Hamm of St. Dennis Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon.
A calling hour will be held Thursday, December 3rd from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stevens Memorial Library, 20 Memorial Drive, Ashburnham, MA 01430.
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Visitation Details

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm, Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner

Service Details

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 12:00pm, Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols St., Gardner

Interment Details

MA Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Winchendon, MA

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Mom its been almost a year and i miss you as much as the day you went to be with Dad. I pick up the phone to call you and have to remind myself you are not there. I drive by the house and still look to see if you and Dad are sitting outside in front of the garage. Mom, I pray you are at peace, watching over us all, I believe that God has plans for me, so don't worry about what's going on, EVERYTHING always works out. Please tell Dad I said hi, like i do for both of you every monning. LOVING AND MISSING YOU, Colleen

Colleen Kelly Nov 22 2016 12:00 AM

It is a sad time for all of us but we are certain that your Mom and Dad are thrilled to be together again.

Claude and Sally Daigle Dec 9 2015 12:00 AM

Hugs and prayers for you all. When I think of Mrs Kelly, I hear her daughter, Barbara, share her "H - E - double toothpicks!" saying. Wouldn't it be great if more of us talked like that? Rest in peace, Mrs Kelly. You sure raised some nice daughters.

Shawna Floyd Dec 4 2015 12:00 AM

Colleen, I was saddened to hear about the passing of your father and your mother just a month apart. I, too, lost my parents 2 months apart. It's numbing. I'm so proud of you that you were able to keep them both home until their passing. You were a blessing to them both and Joan spoke proudly of you. I know that they are both together in a place where He promised. Lori

lori quinn Dec 2 2015 12:00 AM

To Your Mother (Joan Kelly) May 2, 1931 - November 29,2015 To what she achieved Proud in every way She has no regrets Forever loving you always Her love so strong Always forever in time She was totally caring She's one of a kind Always trying her best Whatever it would take Building up your confidence On best moves to make Always forever in her Your love to stay As in you always Her loving memories remain Always With A Touch Of Love Barbara Hanson

Barbara Hanson Dec 2 2015 12:00 AM

It's so sad to have lost such great neighbors, and it's hard to explain the sadness I feel in my heart. This place will never be the same with out the both of you out in the yard waving and smiling and keeping a watchful eye. You both will be missed in this house more than you will ever know... I wish we would have gotten those flowers over to you in time. May you both rest in peace..together forever..... God knows that "people watching" from heaven are the best seats in the house.... much better than the rocking chairs in the driveway :) you will be missed.

Rebecca mariano Dec 1 2015 12:00 AM

Mom, If I had to chose my parents when I was born, I would have chosen you and Dad for sure. You taught me to be a woman of independence. You always cared about others before yourself, especially Daddy. I have no idea who I am going to call everyday to talk to. I miss you so much already. I pray that you are with Dad. I hope heaven has books for you to read. Maybe there is a library in heaven. I was so grateful to be able to give you the comfort and care at home as you asked for. I hope I did my job well for you and I will continue on helping others Mom, just as you helped me, so many times. I am so sad, without you and Daddy. I know now how you felt when Daddy passed away from you, after 60 yrs of being together. I only had 50 years of your life, but they were and always will be the best 50 years of my life. I will never forget you, and all that you sacrificed for us kids. I miss you and will never stop loving you for who you were. Love you Mom, Colleen

Colleen Kelly Dec 1 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joan Kelly

Boucher Funeral Home lit a memorial candle Dec 1 2015 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joan Kelly

Colleen M Kelly, youngest daughter lit a memorial candle Dec 1 2015 12:00 AM

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