NORTHAMPTON - Joan Bouthilette Finn, 79, of Day Avenue passed away in her sleep, Thursday, June 26, 2014 at her home.
She was born in Northampton, November 29, 1934 to the late Gerald and Anna Faulkner Bouthilette. A proud graduate of St. Michael's High School class of 1952, Joan attended Northampton Commercial College and worked as a legal secretary and then as the secretary to the principal of Smith Vocational School retiring in 1998. On June 22, 1957 she married the love of her life, Bob Finn, with whom she spent 29 happy years until his untimely death in 1986. Joan was the quintessential volunteer, serving on the Northampton Recreation Committee, the Senior Center as a board member and volunteer, the Triad Council, the St. Patrick's Association and was honored as a Marshal, the St. Michael's Alumnae Association, as a Eucharistic minister/greeter/ cleaner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, and as a Forbes Library Garden Tour volunteer.
Joan leaves her three daughters, Kathy Malynoski and husband Greg, Kim Goggins and husband Michael, Megan Grygorcewicz and husband Michael, and five grandsons, Sean and Robert Goggins, Patrick and Andrew Grygorcewicz, and Ben Malynoski. She also leaves her brother, Jerry Bouthilette and sisters, Ginger McGrath and Janet Hutchins. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Bobsey Parent.
Joan was the epitome of kindness. She devoted herself to her family, faith, and community. She was known for her gracious smile and quick wit, and we are all better for having known and loved her.
Calling hours at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton will be Sunday afternoon, June 29, 2014 from 2 to 5 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday morning, June 30, 2014 from the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton at 8:45 a.m. with a Liturgy of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 99 King St., Northampton. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Northampton.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton or to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, 3 Elm St., Northampton, Ma. 01060.
Czelusniak Funeral Home
173 North Street Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 28, 2014