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“Dear Susan and Maureen. I was so saddened about the passing of your mother. She was a lovely lady. Always remember seeing her talking to my mom and...Read More »
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Joann (Taracevicz) O'Brien, 86, of Lynnfield, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 26, 2018 at Rosewood Rehabilitation Center in Peabody, MA. Joann was the beloved wife of the late Walter O'Brien of Saugus. Joann was born on May 16, 1931 in Cambridge, MA to Fabian Taracevicz and Katherine (Smiarowska) Taracevicz, both immigrants of Poland. Joann was raised in Malden, MA and graduated high school from Cheverus, she lived in Melrose for 30 years and for 16 years in Saugus.

Joann was the kindest of souls and truly impacted all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin and friend. She had an incredible sense of humor and loved to read, listen to music and travel (especially to St. Thomas). She adored animals and loved nothing more than quality time with loved ones and a scoop of maple walnut cream.

Joann was the beloved mother of Maureen (O'Brien) Picciotto of Lynnfield and Susan (O'Brien) Aristizabal of Saugus. Loving mother-in-law to Gus Aristizabal and the late Saro Picciotto. Beloved grandmother to Alexa and fiancé Raymond Russo, James, Isabella and Katherine. Cherished sister to Edna (Taracevicz) Carroll, Bernard Taracevicz, the late Adele (Taracevicz) Neumyer and the late Fabian Taracevicz. Also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Joann's family, friends, and all who had the absolute joy of knowing her are devastated and deeply saddened by her loss. She was so incredibly loved and her family and friends will continue to live in her honor and ensure that her memory is everlasting.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 West Foster St. Melrose on Friday, March 30, 2018 from 8:30 – 9:30AM. Procession from the funeral home at 9:30AM followed by a Blessing at Incarnation Church, 425 Upham St. Melrose at 10:00AM. Relatives & friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital Kidney Cancer Center, 55 Fruit St. Boston, MA 02114 or @ www.massgeneral.org/cancer/support/.