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760 Main St.
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781-729-2580
Fax: 781-729-0149
Joanne Donlon

Joanne M. Donlon (Simeone)

Thursday, December 29th, 1938 - Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
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DONLON, Joanne M. (Simeone) of Winchester passed away peacefully on December 11, 2018. Beloved wife of Joseph M. Donlon Sr. Loving mother of Mary Graffeo and her husband Michael of Humarock, Anthony and his wife Louise of Winchester, Joseph Jr. and his wife Susan of Winchester, Kimberly Donlon of San Diego, CA, and Sean Donlon and his wife Shauneen of Winchester. Cherished “Bubba” of 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Dear sister of Rosemarie Maida and her husband Larry. A funeral will be held from the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main St. (Rte. 38), WINCHESTER on Saturday, December 15th at 8am. Followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St. Mary’s Church Winchester at 9am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 3-7pm. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Winchester Foundation for Education Excellence, P.O. Box 1005, Winchester, MA 01890.

Joanne was born to Anthony and Mary (Irrabino) Simone in the City of Medford in 1938. She had an older brother Robert and was later joined by her younger sister and best friend Rosie. She attended the Mary Cliff Academy in Winchester as a young girl. It was after school with her girlfriends one day that Joanne met the love of her life, Joseph Donlon at Randalls and they immediately fell in love. She continued her education and at Salve Regina College in Rhode Island. Soon after Joanne and Joe decided to marry and move to Winchester to start their family. Together over a marriage of nearly 59 years they raised five beautiful children, Mary, Tony, Joe, Kim, and Sean. Although she was very busy with her young and growing family, Joanne knew the importance of education both for herself and others. She enrolled at Northeastern University and received her master’s degree in special education. Joanne went on to teach in the Winchester Public School System for many years as a Special Education teacher. She worked at the elementary level at the Muraco and Lincoln schools as well as the McCall Middle School; and after helping countless children over decades finally retired in 2001. Over the years Joanne also took on one of her most treasured roles as Grandmother and great grandmother and became affectionately known as “Bubba” to her 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild. “Bubba” truly enjoyed her grandchildren and could often be seen around town with at least one of them, or maybe a few, going for ice cream, watching a game or having a study date. As with her own children she stressed to her grandchildren the importance of a good education and was always reminding them to “Do your homework!” As a mother and grandmother, Joanne's immense love for her family was well known and her devotion was unfailing. Throughout life her life she inspired her family and those around her with the most positive attitude a person could have and her faith in Jesus Christ was unwavering. Her infectious smile and kind way will be greatly missed by all her family, friends and those that knew her best as "Bubba".
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 14th, 2018 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, December 14th, 2018 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Lane Funeral Home
    760 Main Street
    WINCHESTER, MA 01890
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  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, December 15th, 2018 | 9:00am
    Saturday, December 15th, 2018 9:00am
    St. Mary's Church
    155 Washington St
    Winchester, MA
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  • Interment

    Saturday, December 15th, 2018 | 10:00am
    Saturday, December 15th, 2018 10:00am
    Wildwood Cemetery
    42 Palmer Street
    WINCHESTER, MA 01890
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Kelly Tillotson

Posted at 09:53pm
14 grandchildren and 1 "surrogate college kid" thank you Mrs. Donlon for always welcoming me to Christmas and Thanksgiving xox

Chris O'Connell

Posted at 05:56pm
Mrs. Donlon had a profound impact on my life. As a private tutor, she helped me write a number of important papers and final projects. I will always remember her for her positive attitude and unwavering belief in me and my ability to succeed. She gave me so much self confidence as a student who struggled with school. I love her very much and I will remember her forever. I wanted the Donlon family to know that.

John and Phyllis Williams

Posted at 07:59pm
With sincere condolences to Joe and the family. We are so sorry for your loss! Joanne was such a pleasure to know...always greeting those who knew her with a smile and a heartfelt message of good will. Hold her memory close to your heart and may you find peace during this difficult time.

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