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1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
GODFREY, Joan R. Age 90, passed away on November 8, 2016. She was born in Boston, MA on June 17, 1926. The daughter of the late Abraham and Ethel (Fink) Gurvitz, she is survived by her niece Patricia Tobin of Brooklyn, NY and her nephew Mitchell Tobin of Columbus, OH. Joan attended Brookline High School, graduated from the University of Michigan and secured an EdM from Boston University. As a young woman, she moved overseas to work as a cultural and program coordinator for the Army. For many years, she worked at Blue Hills Regional Technical School, overseeing job placements for graduates. Joan traveled all over the world during summers and then in retirement, and pursued her life-long interest in acting, becoming a Screen Actors Guild member. She worked in local and regional theater, and enjoyed working in films shot in Massachusetts. A resident of Dedham for many years, she was elected to the Dedham Board of Selectmen, and became close friends with her neighbors Sylvia E. Gorin and Tommy Esham. She was pre-deceased by Nancy Tobin, her sister. Her caregivers, Pearly Evans and Rachel Constant, provided extraordinary comfort to her. Funeral Service and Interment Private. For guest book please visit www.lehmanreen.com Lehman Reen & McNamara Funeral Home 617 782 1000 Brighton

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Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 11, 2016
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