OBITUARY: Joanna A. (Nee) Matthews, 80

WILMINGTON, MA — Joanna A. (Nee) Matthews, lovingly known as “Joannie” formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA and South Boston, MA, passed away peacefully at her Pelham, NH home on January 31, 2018, with her loving family at her side. She was 80 years old.

Joannie was born in Boston, MA on May 16, 1937; she was the cherished oldest child of the late George and Rose G. (Medico) Nee. Joannie was the beloved wife of the late Robert “Bud” Matthews. Devoted mother of Joanne (Matthews) Lanzillo and her husband Mark of Pelham, NH; George Matthews of Laconia, NH and the late Diane (Matthews) Paulsen. Loving Nana to her fifteen grandchildren; and an adoring Nana/Grandma to seventeen great-grandchildren. Sister to Rosemary (Nee) Pagel and her husband Jackie of South Boston, MA; Charles Nee and his wife Geisla of South Boston; Thomas Nee and his wife Evy of South Boston and the late Johnny Nee and his wife Jeanie. Joannie is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. All who knew her love her and will forever keep her in our thoughts and hearts.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, February 6th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 18 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home on Monday, February 5th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation in Joannie’s name may be made to her wonderful hospice center– Londonderry Amedisys Foundation @

Joanna A. (Nee) Matthews
Joanna A. (Nee) Matthews

(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)

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