WOBURN, MA — Joan M. O’Donoghue, of Woburn and formerly of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading, Tuesday, December 29, 2020. She was 87. Joan was the beloved wife of the late F. James “Buddy” O’Donoghue. Born in Winchester she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Emerson) Kelley.
Joan was raised and educated in Woburn where she was a member 1951 graduating class of Woburn High School. Joan moved to Wilmington in the early 1960s where she raised her family on Lawrence St. before moving back to Woburn in 1995 following the completion of the building of her new home. For many years Joan worked as an Accountant for the Portex Company in Wilmington. She loved her work and also loved her co-workers. In her retirement years, Joan loved to spend the summer months at her cottage on Lake Winnisquam in Belmont, NH where she created an additional group of wonderful friends that she truly enjoyed being in the company of. Joan will fondly be remembered as a fun and gregarious woman who loved her family and friends with all her heart. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
In addition to her beloved husband Buddy, Joan is sadly predeceased by six siblings. She is survived by her children; Maureen O’Donoghue-Sack and her husband Stephen of Billerica, Michael O’Donoghue and his wife Lauren of Wilmington, Kathleen Stone and her husband Kevin of Pepperell, James O’Donoghue of Winchester, NH, Laurie Rando and her husband Joseph of Mendon, Michele Lloyd and her husband Keith of Tewksbury, Brian O’Donoghue of Woburn, and JoAnne O’Donoghue-Schmidt and her husband William of Lowell. She is also survived by 12 loving grandchildren and 12 loving great grandchildren. Sister of Edward Maciejko of Woburn.
Due to the current health pandemic and out of concern for everyone’s safety funeral services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date when it is safe for all to gather. It has been requested that contributions may be made on Joan’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by the McLaughlin – Dello Russo Family Funeral Service of Woburn.
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