OBITUARY: Joan E. (Kerr) Silvestri, 83

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Joan E. Silvestri (Kerr), age 83, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully at home on October 14, 2022.

Joan was born on January 18, 1939, in Everett, MA; she was the cherished daughter of the late Kenneth and Lena (LeVeille) Kerr and twin to her sister Jane. Joan was raised and educated in Malden, MA and a graduate of Malden High School with the Class of 1957. In her younger years, Joan, was a talented writer and she comprised beautiful poetry that she shared with family and friends.

In April of 1959, Joan married her “sweetheart” William Silvestri; the couple moved to Wilmington in 1967 and were one of the first residents in the Hathaway Acres section of town. Joan and Bill raised two wonderful kids, Debbie and Mike and shared many great times together before Bill’s untimely passing in 1975 at the age of 37. Joan continued to be a devoted parent and showered her children with unconditional love and support throughout the years. Joan’s door was always open to family, friends and relatives; she loved to entertain, host every family holiday, and always had a full house. In later years when Joan became a grandparent she enjoyed babysitting and spending time with them; she treasured her role as “Grammy” and “Mimi”.

Prior to retiring, Joan, worked for the Malden Cooperative Bank for over 40 years. Joan started her career as a bank teller and worked her way up to Assistant Bank Branch Manager. Joan loved her customers and her co-workers; they became life-long friends throughout the years.

In her spare time, Joan enjoyed taking walks around the neighborhood and talking with the neighbors, taking trips to flea markets to find her treasures, watching the New England Patriots, hanging out with her twin Jane, and taking her road trips to North Conway with her dear friend Don Chisholm.

Joan will be fondly remembered as a wonderful lady, a great neighbor and a true friend to many.

Joan was the beloved wife of the late William F. Silvestri, devoted mother of the late Debra Silvestri and Michael Silvestri & his wife Karen of Ft. Worth, TX, loving grandmother of Janice Lapham, Joe Lapham, Christina Restuccia, and great-grandchildren Kylei & Jacob Doucette, Arianna Proctor and Kolby Lapham. Cherished sister of Jane Hickey, her twin & her husband Bob of North Reading, the late Kenneth Kerr, Jr. and the late Jean McCabe. Joan is also survived by her dearest friend Don Chisholm as well as her nieces, nephews, friends and her special neighbors.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, October 18th for Visitation from 4:00-6:30 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Joan’s life at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joan’s memory to the Charity of your choice.

Joan E. (Kerr) Silvestri

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