Joan M. D’Ambrosia
1938 ∼ 2017
Joan M. (Driscoll) D’Ambrosia, 79, of Centerville MA died peacefully on September 1, 2017 surrounded by her loving family at her son’s home in Norfolk,MA. Joan had been living there since March, just before she began her courageous battle with lung cancer. Incredibly, she died on the very day that she and her soulmate, late husband Robert M. D’Ambrosia, wed 59 years ago.
Joan was a woman of strong faith and conviction. She was a loving mother, a committed friend, an interior decorator, a voracious reader and a devoted volunteer throughout her life. Most recently Joan was active with The Ladies Guild at Our Lady of Victory, The Centerville Public Library and The Centerville Historical Museum. While raising their family in Medfield, Joan and her husband Bob were involved in St Edward’s Parish, hosting scripture meetings, CCD classes, and participating in the Pre-Cana program. Following Bob’s miraculous victory over cancer during the 1970’s, he and Joan worked together as Hospice volunteers. Drawing on Bob’s experience with a terminal prognosis, they provided compassion and care for end of life patients and their families. As fate would have it, it was Hospice that allowed Joan peace and comfort in her last days surrounded by those she loved.
While family time was most precious, traveling was a passion for Joan. Early trips to Bermuda and Spain with her husband’s family Joey, Peg, Judie and Bob were among her fondest memories. Her 40th wedding anniversary trip to Alaska with her brother Herb and sister-in-law Nancie was an adventure of a lifetime. Traveling Europe with her girlfriends, to Budapest, Italy, Vienna and Prague followed later in life. However, throughout her life, trips to family events and holiday gatherings, surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her favorite.
Beloved daughter of the late Herbert B. Driscoll and the late Rose F. Romano, loving mother of Lisa M. Codair, Kenneth R. of Merrimac, David S. of Sandy Springs,GA, Jack J. of Scituate & Craig M. D'Ambrosia of Norfolk, loving sister of Herbert B. Driscoll and his wife Nancie A. and the late Patrick W. Driscoll, loving grandmother of David Jr, Joseph, Robert, Jason, Maria, Rachel, Matthew, Lucas, Tim and Annie and great grandchildren Sophie and Christopher. Joan will also be remembered by her many nieces and nephews that were so dear to her.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 South Main Street, Centerville on Thursday, September 7th at 10 AM. Visiting hours are at John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road (Rt 28), Marston Mills on Wednesday, September 6th from 3 to 6 PM. Memorials in Joan’s name may be made to Hope Hospice of Hyannis, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601 and the Centerville Historical Museum, 513 S Main St, Centerville, MA 02632.
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