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Boucher Funeral Home, Inc.
Friday May 6th, 2022

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Joanne Wheeler

Joanne (Kosakowski) Wheeler, 64, of Gardner, formerly of Templeton, died on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Wachusett Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Gardner, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Born in Gardner on January 5, 1958, she was the daughter of the late John and Viola (Duprey) Kosakowski. She graduated from Narragansett Regional High School with the Class of 1976 and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Assumption College with the Class of 1980. Joanne was a Social Worker employed by Quabbin Valley Healthcare of Athol for 20-years prior to her retirement in 2016, due to her illness.

Joanne was a parishioner of St. Vincent de Paul Church of Baldwinville. She loved to golf and was in the Women’s League at Templewood Golf Course. Joanne loved to work in her gardens around her house. Joanne loved to spend time with her family and friends and cherished times spent with them. 

Joanne is survived by her sister, Patricia Daigle of Winchendon; sister-in-law, Edith Kosakowski of Winchendon; cousin, Paul Fredette of Templeton; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

She was predeceased by her brother, Thomas Kosakowski; and brother-in-law, Patrick Daigle.

A special thank you goes to all of Jo’s close friends who stayed with her around the clock in her last days before God welcomed her into heaven.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 6, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. in the Boucher Funeral Home, Inc., 110 Nichols Street, Gardner, MA. Burial will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery, Bridge Street, Baldwinville, MA.

There are no calling hours.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Ahisma Haven Animal Rescue, 381 R Baldwinville Road, Templeton, MA 01468. Please reference in memory of Joanne Wheeler.

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A candle was lit in memory of Joanne Wheeler

Lucille Brewer May 22 2022 3:59 PM

I am sorry to hear of Joanne's death and want to express my sympathy to her family. Joanne was a fighter, despite the fact that the effects ofParkinson's Disease stole her physical independence.
May She Rest in Peace.

Mary Zalewski May 12 2022 11:36 AM

I am so sorry to learn of Joanne’s passing. Joanne and I were social worker co-workers at Quabbin Valley Health Care for 20 years i
She was a thoughtful advocate for all. Too soon to pass. I wish her family and friends peace.
Colleen Letourneau LSW

Colleen Letourneau May 6 2022 8:49 AM

Rest In Peace Joanne ❤️

Denise Argue May 3 2022 8:36 PM

Joanne was a beautiful lady with a beautiful heart. No more pain my friend. You're in God's arms now. 🙏❤️

Doreen May 3 2022 8:07 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joanne Wheeler

ᴋᴀʀʟᴀ ᴀɴᴛᴏɴᴜᴄᴄɪ May 2 2022 2:13 PM

MassVocals last time i saw you you was taking care of another class mate who also pass on before their time , I admired you for your wit and conviction sorry see another class mate go before their time I am glad i had moment with you where you worked that moment We remember when we both younger and didn't pay attention life seem almost forever then R.I.P MIs.. Kosakowski

MassVocals May 1 2022 11:34 AM

it is with deepest sympathy and great sadness that I hear of the loss of such a wonderful person, I worked with Joanne for many years she was the kindest, sweetest and most caring person I have ever known, I will miss her dearly.
My heart and prayers go out to her family , friends and all who knew her, this world will be a sadder place with her loss

Roy Pelletier Apr 30 2022 2:33 PM