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“I want to say sorry to the clarke family for the loss of their grandmother nana was such a wonderful person i always use to stop by and see her all...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jodi Evans - Haverhill, MA

“I want to say so very sorry to the lavina family for your loss she was such a wonderful person .she is going to be missed so very much ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Jodi Evans - Haverhill, MA

“I want to say how very sorry i am to krystal heather katelyn andrew for your loss .she is going to be missed very much ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Jodi Evans - Haverhill, MA

“Nana I will always remember you making stuffed peppers in your kitchen you and I just spending time talking thank you for all the memories I love you...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Tony Lavina - Lynn, MA - Friend

“Richard or Dickie as we called you when we lived next door on Trenton Street. Your Mom was a great lady. We stayed in touch and sad to say lost touch...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Betty Finkelstein Ross - FL

“So sorry for our loss, she will be missed dearly/ Sending prayers to all the family/ ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Barbara Saul - Revere, MA

“Joan was my mother in law for 10 yrs. She was always kind and loving to me and my children (her grandchildren) she will always have a spot in my...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Virginia Phillips - Brooksville, FL

“I send my prayers to the family. Your mom was a funny lady who i had the pleasure of meeting. She was so nice and just had a heart of gold. She told...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Mary L JARVIS JARVIS - SYRACUSE, NY

“I never met you Joan, but I know your son Richard and his lovely wife Kathy. Richard is a kind, loving, spiritual man and this is a testament to the...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Sue Prior - Toronto

“Joan was very special to me. She was like a second Mom. I cherish the memories of our Melrose neighborhood.Sincerest condolences,Lorraine ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Lorraine {Babin) Gerry - MA

“God bless you RIP, keeping you and your family in my prayers, say hello to my dad in heaven... ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Judith Myers-Sidari (Timmons) - NY

“Nana you were the matriarch of our family, I remember all the fun times we had growing up. I have happiness in my heart knowing you are with uncle...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Kelly Hersey - Belmont, NH

“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 »
13 of 13 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Joan R. (Labate) Lavina passed away at the Melrose Healthcare Facility on May 10, 2019. Joan was born in Chelsea on October 3, 1920 to the late Aphonso & Maria (Patano) Labate. She was raised in Chelsea, graduated from Chelsea High School and has been a resident of Melrose since 1955. Joan was a dedicated wife and mother who worked as a secretary in the Veteran's Office for the City of Melrose for several years. Mrs. Lavina was very involved in the Ladies Auxillary at the VFW Beachmont Post #6712in Revere, was a longtime member of St. Mary's Church and volunteered at church for many years. Joan was the beloved wife of the late John J. Lavina. Loving mother of Richard P. Lavina & his wife Kathy of Puerto Rico and the late Joan Vegan & John J. Lavina III. Caring sister of Pauline Prezioso of Saugus and Connie Smith of Revere. Cherished grandmother of 13 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Friday, May 17 , 2019 from 4-8PM. A Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary's Church, 9 Herbert St., Melrose on Saturday May 18th at 10AM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.