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Joan Lakey

Joan S. Lakey (Ryan)

Saturday, June 6th, 1931 - Thursday, November 7th, 2019
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Joan Shannon Lakey (born Ryan) died peacefully on November 7, 2019 at Tippett Hospice Home in Needham, MA. She was 88 years old. Joan was born in Pawtucket, RI to parents James T. Ryan and Mary Mullen Ryan. She attended Lockwood High School in Warwick, RI and began her career working for the telephone company soon after graduation. She began as an operator and retired as a customer service representative. Joan was an active member of the Sweet Adelines, an all-women’s singing group, from her early 20’s until after the birth of her first child. She attended competitions and formed life-long friendships through this group. She married Gardner Lakey in 1959 and celebrated their 60 th wedding anniversary with him this past June. They purchased a home in Warwick in 1961 where they raised their five children. She loved embroidering and created many beautiful keepsakes for her children, grandchildren, and friends. She was an active member of her parish, St. Catherine’s in RI, and later at St. John the Evangelist church in Wellesley. She and Gardner were huge college hockey fans. They held season tickets for Providence College and attended many “Frozen Four” competitions across the country. They also both loved listening to and signing along to barbershop music.
Joan is survived by her husband Gardner, her five children: Ellen Daly and her husband Tony of Natick, MA, Stephen Lakey and his wife Melanie of Sarasota, FL, Eileen Buckham and her husband Jim of Wellesley, MA, Geri Denton and her husband Jeff of Stratham, NH, and Maureen Gass and her husband Jamie of Newton, MA; her 7 grandchildren: Lauren, Andrew, Abigail, Nicholas, Tyler, Helen, and Lydia; and her brother James T. Ryan, Jr. She is preceded in death by her brother, Richard Ryan.
Calling hours for Joan Lakey will be at Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home in Wellesley, MA on Monday, November 11, from 4-7pm. A funeral mass will take place on Tuesday, November 12 at 10:00 am at St. John the Evangelist Church in Wellesley. Burial will take place at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 2:00pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Joan’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Stanley R. Tippett Hospice Home in Needham, MA
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 11th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, November 11th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home
    56 Washington Street
    (Rte 16)
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  • Service

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 10:00am
    St. John the Evangelist Church
    9 Glen Rd.
    WELLESLEY, MA 02481
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  • Interment

    Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery
    301 South County Trail
    EXETER, RI 02822
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Dayle Tedeschi

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Gardner & Family,
I can't begin to find the words to tell you how much I loved your wife & Mother. We met 40 years ago when we worked together in Garden City & have always stayed in touch over the years. Our phone calls & visits were always full of laughs together. She will always be " Joan Mother of Five" to me & may she Rest In Peace !! Dayle & John Tedeschi

Marilyn Place

Posted at 10:51am
Gardner and family, Joan will also be missed by her telephone family.Her wonderful sense of humor made some of our difficult days easier.Joan was a lovely lady and a joy to have as a friend.My sincere sympathy to you all.

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