Joanne (D'Amico) Diana

  • Born: February 2, 1930
  • Died: May 3, 2020
  • Location: Melrose, Massachusetts

Gately Funeral Home

79 West Foster Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Tel. (781) 665-1949

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joanne (D'Amico) Diana, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away at the Hannah Duston Healthcare Center in Haverhill early Sunday morning, May 3rd at the age of 90. Joanne was predeceased by Guy, her loving husband of 54 years and her parents, James and Mary (Zandi) D'Amico, her brothers, Vincent and Salvatore D'Amico, and her sister, Marguerite DiBlasi.

Joanne is survived by her children, Janice Burke and her husband Jay, of West Yarmouth, Charles and his wife Elizabeth, of Sandwich, and Bill and his wife Colleen, of Charlestown, and nine loving grandchildren, Kevin and his wife Emily, Brian, Anthony, Allison, Angela, Andrew, Christopher, Caroline and Kathleen. She is also survived by her brother, James D'Amico, of Virginia, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joanne was born and raised in Boston's West End and graduated from Girl's High School in Boston. Joanne met her husband, Guy Diana, the love of her life, at a dance. They married eight months later, in October, 1952. Guy and Joanne settled in Melrose and raised their three children. Joanne ran the household while managing to work a number of office management jobs on the side where she would use her strong math skills.

Guy and Joanne were inseparable and very active in Melrose. They belonged to a number of veteran clubs, including the DAV Post 120, and the American Legion, Post 90. It was through these organizations that they developed a strong network of friendships. Joanne was a member of the Most Blessed Sacrament Women's Guild, where she was a parishioner for many years. She and Guy enjoyed weekly masses, church coffees and dinners with friends. She was a member of the Melrose Women's Bowling league for many years and enjoyed playing bingo and other activities at the Senior Center.

Joanne loved to be outdoors and was frequently seen walking around town, enjoying the beauty of Ell Pond and stopping to chat with her many friends and neighbors along the way. She loved to read, often walking to the library, where she would check out many books to bring home. A city girl at heart, Joanne would make frequent shopping trips to Boston by bus or train.

During their years of retirement, Guy and Joanne enjoyed their second home on Cape Cod, where they spent many days at the beach. Joanne loved the ocean, and could spend hours in the water, swimming and chatting with people. After the loss of her husband, she continued to lead an active and independent life.

Joanne's greatest love, by far, was time spent with her husband, children, and grandchildren to whom she was very dedicated. She enjoyed hosting holiday dinners for her family. Born to Sicilian parents, she treated her family to Italian meals and nobody ever left her home hungry. Sunday visits with family were a regular event and she had a special bond with her sister, Marguerite. They spoke on the phone every afternoon at 2 o'clock to "catch up". She was known for her kindness, and will be missed by all.
Joanne's family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the kind and compassionate health care professionals at Hannah Duston Healthcare Center in Haverhill. Hannah Duston provided loving care and safety for our mom in the last four years of her life, for which we will be forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, and given these uncertain times, if you would like, the family requests that a donation be made to a local food pantry. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, a private Graveside Funeral Service was held at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. A celebration of life will be determined at a later date, so we can celebrate Joanne's life and love with all our family and friends.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Jan, Charlie & Billy,
My most heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your wonderful Mom. I used to love to run into her when she was out and about on one of her walks. She is one of the most gracious ladies I have ever met and has always been one of my favorite neighborhood Moms. I have very lovely memories of her. Please treasure your memories of her as you grieve her passing.

Hugs and blessings to you all.

Sue Daly

Posted by Sue Daly - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   May 12, 2020

Dear Janice, Charles, Bill and families,

With sorrow, so very sad to learn of your Mom's passing. The video is beautiful. Remembering her from our Melrose Highlands days, she truly was lovely and gracious.

My sincerest sympathy to you all...

Love and hugs,
Laurie Clinton Johnson

Posted by Laurie Clinton Johnson - Bremen, ME - Friend   May 09, 2020

Dear Janice,
Hiroshi and I are so saddened to hear of your mother's passing, especially so close to Mother's Day, I will be forever grateful that you joined us for my mother's funeral service 2 years ago again so close to Mother's Day. I recently came across the scrapbook we made together as teenagers called the Jan's. Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family, stay strong and treasure the memories of your mother. My mother always enjoyed the time she spent with your mother. Love, Janet Kazo

Posted by Janet Kazo - EAST CHATHAM, NY - Friend   May 09, 2020

Janice, so sorry to learn of your moms passing...may she rest in peace

Posted by William Ludwig    May 08, 2020

Devoted Christian, Mother, wife , grandmother, and my friend. My fondest memory of Joanne was walking the Freedom trail with her in April, 1985. She was a native Bostonian who, for some unknown reason, could NOT find the start of the Freedom Trail at the Boston Commons !! LOL So after running around frantically, marveling at the swan boats and "Making way for Ducklings," we just started walking towards the hill that she thought led to Paul Revere's house. Suddenly she exclaimed " This is it !" and from there she knew her way....all the way to the Old North Church. Once home, and Guy knew of the difficulty we had finding the start of the trail, he let her know this was not normal behavior for a native Bostonian.

On a visit to Boston several years later, I discovered that SIGNS were posted and maps printed and available at the Visitors Center to help one find the official start of the trail. Guess we bypassed the center that day, right???

Joanne - you will RIP in my heart and memory forever. Love to all.

Cheryl Heck.

Posted by Cheryl Heck - Perry Hall, MD - Family Friend   May 06, 2020

Eleanor and Bob Thrope offer condolences on the death of your mother, Charlie. Sounds like she was a great lady

Posted by Robert Thrope - West Yarmouth, MA - Friend   May 06, 2020

Dear Janice, Charles and Bill,
I am so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I was with my Mom, Zena, the other day when the news arrived. Mom was very sad to hear of the loss of one of her oldest and dearest friends. As you may recall, your Mom was my Mom's Maid of Honor in 1950, and was also my dear Godmother. I have very fond memories of us kids playing together while our parents visited at your home in Melrose. Haven't we all been so fortunate to have had such wonderful parents! Cherish the memories and know that you are in my thoughts and in my prayers.
May she rest in peace.
Eddie Merullo

Posted by Edward Merullo - Marblehead, MA - Family Friend   May 06, 2020

Dear Janice,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing! The photos reflect such a beautiful family, surrounded by so much love. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Priscilla Pennacchio

Posted by Priscilla Pennacchio - Melrose, MA - Acquaintance   May 06, 2020

Dear Janice, Charles, Bill and your families,
Sincere condolences on the loss of your wonderful mother, an important piece of the tapestry of my childhood and life. So grateful that our Mom's chose each other as friends when they were children.
Sending my love,
Liz Merullo Lombardozzi

Posted by Liz Lombardozzi - Malden, MA - friend   May 06, 2020

Sending our condolences at the loss of you mother. I hope this picture from my parents' wedding brings a smile. Peace and Love,
Dave Merullo

Posted by Dave Merullo - Chelmsford, MA - Family Friend   May 05, 2020

Mrs. Diana was kind, loving and caring. My condolences to the entire Diana family. You were all so loved by her.

Posted by Gina Diana - Bradenton, FL - Family Friend   May 05, 2020

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother. Janice, she raised an amazing woman!!! Rest In Peace

Posted by Lori Painter - Merrimack, NH - Coworker   May 05, 2020

Mom, love and miss you. Z69yi

Posted by Janice Burke - West Yarmouty, MA - Daughter   May 04, 2020

Our sincere condolences on the death of your mother. She was a sweet woman and wonderful neighbor.

Posted by Bob and Jill Steeper - Melrose, MA - Neighbor   May 04, 2020

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