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Joan M. (D’Amour) Hutchinson, 83, beloved wife of Frederick E. Hutchinson, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Sunrise Senior Living in Lynnfield.
Born and raised in Beverly, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Margaret (Moran) D’Amour. The second of three children, Joan was predeceased by her best friend and older sister, Marilyn and her younger brother, Raoul. She received her education in the Beverly school system and graduated from Beverly High School in 1952.
In 1956 Joan married her childhood sweetheart and “the boy next door”, Frederick Hutchinson. After spending a year in Salem, they settled in Beverly where they raised their five children. Fred and Joan celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in June.
Joan remained at home for a number of years raising her children before returning to the work force at age 40. She was employed for 20 years as an accounting clerk at Varian Associates in Beverly, successfully balancing full time motherhood and full time work. She retired in 1994 at the age of 60.
An active member and communicant of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Joan served as a Eucharistic Minister and was also involved in the nursing home ministry. She enjoyed vacationing with her family at Newfound Lake in New Hampshire, Tripp Lake in Maine, and Cape Cod. Fred and Joan also enjoyed traveling with Joan’s sister Marilyn and her husband Albert Vitkauskas. She was an avid reader and an accomplished and talented knitter.
Joan was beloved for her sacrificing and gracious nature. Her greatest joy was simply spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who will be terribly missed by her family.
The family is gratefully appreciative of the staffs at Sunrise Senior Living and All Care Hospice, and Danise Mendonca for their loving and attentive care of Joan.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Janice Wilkins and her husband, Stephen of Salem, N.H., Sheryl Hutchinson and her husband, Ray Lundy, of Flanders, N.J., Ellen Hutchinson of Beverly, Mass., and Karen Hutchinson of Andover; a son, Frederick Hutchinson and his wife, Lori, of Salem, N.H.; 11 grandchildren, Kendra, Courtney, Kyle, Alanna, Julia, Kira, Lea, Tyler, Danielle, Patrick and Collin, and a great grandson, Lucas.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot Street, Beverly, Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. Burial in the Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton. Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Information, directions and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  July 15, 2017
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