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Joan (Maher) Flynn
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  • Alzheimer's Association
    309 Waverley Oaks Rd.
    Waltham, MA 02452

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“To the remaining relatives of Mrs Joan Maher Flynn. My husband & I are a friend to Paul & Pattie. Our sincere & deepest condolences to you all. You...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Carmen Goodnow - Friend

“Deidre, Joanna, Paul and Tom I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Joan's passing. I was great full to get to see her and all of you last year at Mom's...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Paula Meisner - San Diego, CA

Great time with the girls at Chicki's condo in Reading. “Joan was delight. She spent many Sunday nights in my apartment with Nancy and Chicki. We would chat, watch movies and laugh. We loved to talk about...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Ann Ward - Stoneham, MA - Friend

“I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Joan's passing. I have many fond memories of her. One of the more recent was when she attended my dad's 90th. I...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Jane Stanley McGrath - San Diego, CA

“Joanna,Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. My condolences to you and your family.Robyn ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Robyn Poirier - Bradford, MA

“Dear Paul, Patty, and Flynn family, We are sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. It is always difficult to say goodbye especially to our loved...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: A friend

“Tom & I would like to extend our deepest sympathies. Joan was a lovely person & we enjoyed meeting her. Again, we are so sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Christine Nathan - Marlborough, 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 »
8 of 8 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Joan Maher Flynn, 85, went to her true home with The Lord on December 1, 2018. Joan was born on March 20, 1933 to Canadian immigrants who settled in Greenwood, MA; Joan was the thirteenth of their fourteen children. Joan attended Greenwood School and then graduated from Wakefield High School. She was a nursing student before marrying her beloved husband, the late Paul E. Flynn, with whom she raised four children: Deirdre Flynn, wife of Thomas O'Reilly; Joanna DeStefanis, wife of William; Paul Flynn, husband of Patricia; and Thomas Flynn husband of Erin. Joan was a devoted grandmother to Michael, Rory, Alex, Amy, Flynn, Liam, Annie and Emmet; and great grandmother of Keira, Owen and Daphne. Joan worked as a sales associate at the Shoe String in Stoneham and volunteered at the Stoneham Senior Center. Joan was a voracious reader, expert crossword solver, talented chef, and skilled seamstress and quilter. Joan loved classical music, especially Beethoven, was politically keen and had a wonderful sense of humor and radiant smile. Above all, Joan was a loving and supportive daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend; she will be dearly missed.

Family will receive friends on Thursday December 6 from 4:00 to 7:30 at Gately Funeral Home in Melrose, MA. On Friday December 7, Joan will be laid to rest in a Mass of Christian Burial at St Patrick Parish in Stoneham, MA at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, Joan's family requests that donations are directed to The Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.