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Joan  "Carol" (Sarni) Lava

Joan "Carol" (Sarni) Lava
  • September 13, 1945 - February 24, 2017
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Alzheimer's Association
    480 Pleasant St.
    Watertown, MA 02472

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“I was very sad to learn of Carol's passing. She was a loyal client of mine for 15 years and she will be missed. Her family is in my thoughts and...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: David Smith - Danvers, MA

“I only knew Carrol for a short period of time but she truly graced the lives of everyone she touched. I am so sorry for your lose. She will be missed...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Tina Schellman - Boston, MA

“To John and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Carol for many years at the bank. She was always working endless hours to meet those...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Michael Ball - Malden, MA

“My deepest sympathy for your loss. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: John Campbell - Alfred, ME

“John,John Jr, Susan and Michael,We are so sorry to hear about Carol. she was a good neighbor andA great friend. Will remember the good times we...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Joan Sullivan - Melrose, MA

“Dear John and family, Deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers are always with you. Paul Caron ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Paul Caron - Boston, MA

“Dear John and family, Deeply sorry for your loss. My prayers are always with you. Paul Caron ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Paul Caron

“I want to offer my sympathy to the Lava family. I remember Carol as a warm person during the hockey days. Coach Bob Varney ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Bob Varney - Melrose, MA - Friend

“Sorry about the loss of Carol..she will be truly missed. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Eberlein - Everett, MA

“I AM SO SAD TO HEAR ABOUT CAROL. GROWINGUP WITH HER SISTER PATRICIA, WHO WAS ONE OF MY SISTER VALERIES AND MY BEST FRIEND, CAROL WAS THE OLDER...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: LINDA BROSSEAU/DIGIULIO - SAUGUS, MA

“Dear John & Marisa and All Who Loved Joan,Through the many days ahead and years to come, you will feel Joan's presence close to you at moments that...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Sheila and Jim Nelson

“Deepest sympathy to the Lava family on Carol's death.R.I.P. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Mary O'Leary - Melrose, MA

“Carol was a wonderful person and friend. Neighbor for many years .i will always remember the times we had sitting on my porch talking about my...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Susan Waystack - Melrose, MA

“I am so sad about the loss of Carol. She was a wonderful, caring friend to my mom who loved her like a sister. Your family is in my thoughts and...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Jacki Cervone - Medford, MA

“Met Carol when we lived in Brockton..our neighbor Pat Rogers. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: theresa herbert - virginia beach, VA

“To my loveing sister, I am going to miss you. You are in a better place now. You are with mom , dad, and Chuck. Until we meet again I Love You. ...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Patricia Rogers (Sarai) - MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Joan "Carol" (Sarni) Lava, age 71, longtime resident of Melrose, passed away at the Oosterman Rest Home in Wakefield on Feb. 24, 2017. Carol was born & raised in Chelsea and a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1963. She enjoyed traveling to Florida, Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, Colorado and the Grand Canyon. Carol worked as a working supervisor for the Bank of America for many years. She loved family gatherings and her family was the most important part of her life. Carol was the beloved wife of John J. Lava, Jr. for 51 years. Loving mother of John P. Lava & his wife Marisa of N. Reading, Michael D. Lava and Susan M. Lava, both of Melrose. Cherished grandmother of Sarah, Brian, Nicholas, Isabella, Mia and Christian. Proud great grandmother of Jaxon. Devoted daughter of the late Pasquale & Joan (Joyokonis) Sarni. Caring sister of Patricia Rogers of Brockton and the late Charles J. Sarni. Adored aunt of numerous nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Sunday, Feb. 26th from 2-6PM. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home on Monday, Feb. 27th at 9:30AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, Herbert St., Melrose at 10:30AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Assoc., 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.