Joanne J.'s Story

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Joanne J. Rurak, 89, passed away peacefully on November 23, 2017, at Hannah Duston Healthcare center.
Born in Haverhill on May 6, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Joseph S. and Sophie (Bishup) Rurak.
Graduating from Haverhill High School, Class of 1947, her class conducted commencement exercises at the former Paramount Theater. She then began working at the LaSande Shoe Company. Joanne accepted the opportunity to join the former Western Electric where she worked in the packing room 21 years before retiring in 1992. Joanne was a lifelong parishioner of the former Saint Michael’s Church, the Holy Rosary Society, and the Emblem Club.
For 30 years she lived in Mission Towers where she was very active in the community, and was known for her warmth, generosity and her determination to win at bingo.
Joanne was very proud to participate in the political campaigns of her uncle, the late Senator Jake Rurak, and her cousin, former Mayor Jim Rurak.
Joanne is survived by her first cousin, James Rurak and his wife, Kathy, and their children, Christopher, AnnMaureen and Rose. Her family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Hannah Duston Healthcare Center for their kindness and compassionate care of Joanne over the past several years.
Visitation hours are on Tuesday, November 28, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at All Saints Church. Interment at St. Patrick’s Cemetery will occur at a later date. Donations in Joanne’s memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, All Saints Church, 120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill, MA 01832. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.dcsfuneralhome.com.
Published on  November 26, 2017
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