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DERRY, NH - JoAnne P. Ciras, of Derry, N.H., passed away on January 26, 2018. JoAnne was born in Lawrence, Mass., on April 18, 1945, to Alphonse C. Ciras and Irene L. Paquette Ciras. JoAnne attended Catholic Schools, and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1963. Upon graduation, JoAnne was a champion for independence, and hard work, and would go on to be very successful in management, at a time in history when it was difficult for her gender to excel. Her hard work and perseverance led to a very satisfying career at NE Telephone, and Nynex, eventually retiring after 33 years of service at Verizon. She always had the right answers and the correct words to say. JoAnne never spoke a harsh word against anyone, but could clearly get her point across with the correct look. She loved knickknacks, and was the queen of QVC. JoAnne was also an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan. She loved to watch Judge Judy. JoAnne also loved to travel, and even with her physical hindrance she always made the best of it. She had the strongest love for family, and was especially gracious in sharing it with her niece and nephews. She will be missed by all who knew her. JoAnne is survived by her life partner of 32 years, Allan Johnson of Derry, N.H.; sister and brother-in-law Susan, and Jay Costello, of Windsor, Conn.; niece, Shawna Amanatian, of Boynton Beach, Fla.; nephews, Stephen Amanatian, of Bradford, Mass., Zachary Costello of Boston, Mass., and Jonathan Costello, of New Orleans, La.; aunt, Rita Bellevance, of Bridgeport, Conn.; as well as many cousins. JoAnne was predeceased by her father, Alphonse, her mother, Irene, her brother-in-law, Sarkis Amanatian, and her sister, Sandra Amanatian. Other loved ones include, Kim Johnson, and partner, Lee, and Sophia Cunha, of Lowell Mass., Helen, and Robert Asslin, of Lowell Mass., Barbara, and Jack McQuade, of Hudson, N.H., and Debbie, and Frank Grinshaw, of Lowell, Mass., and Katherine, and Brianna Molten, of Bradford, Mass.
At the family's request a private service has already been held. Memorial contributions may be made in JoAnne's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home is proud to serve the Ciras family.
Published on February 4, 2018
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