Joan D.'s Story

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Joan Dolores Robitaille, 89, of Methuen, died Saturday September 9, 2017, at her home, surrounded by loving family.
Joan was born July 19, 1928, in Hartford, Conn., to James and Agnes Kiley. She earned her diploma in nursing from Mass General, one of five sisters to do so. She married her husband, Roger Robitaille, in 1951, and settled in Connecticut before moving to Salem, N.H., to raise their family. Joan received her Master's Degree in social work in 1989 to pursue her true calling, mental health. She retired in 2009 at the age of 81. Joan enjoyed traveling with her family, especially her sisters and daughter. She also enjoyed the opera and ballet. Never without a pet or three, she loved animals. But her true passion was her 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Joan is survived by her children; James and his partner, Paula of Massachusetts, Roger and his wife, Luanne of Massachusetts, Suzanne Gann of Methuen, Mass., Jeffery and his wife, Kathleen of Milford, Mass., Renee of Methuen, Mass., and Eleanor of Londonderry, N.H.; her sisters, Margaret Strong of Rhode Island, Charlene McAllister of New Hampshire, Joyce Crawford of Connicut, and Jane Sturgess and her husband, Rush of California; her grandchildren, Jeremy and his wife, Kara, Jordan and Simon, Jarred and his wife, Stephanie, Ryan, Jason and his wife, Sheila, Adam and his wife, Megan, Erin, James, Jamily, Lisa, and Laura; and her great-grandchildren, Lucy, Jason, Greyson, Sophia, Hunter, Jackson, Reagan, Nova, and soon to be baby girl. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her son-in-law, Blaine Gann.
Visiting hours for Joan will be held 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday September 12, 2017, at the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home, 233 Lawrence Street, Methuen. Friends and family are cordially invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel/St. Theresa's Parish, 22 Plymouth St., Methuen. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, 130 N. Lowell St., Methuen. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.pollardfuneralhome.com. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is proud to serve the Robitaille family.
Published on  September 11, 2017
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