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DI COLA, JOAN BARBARA 58, of Boston, formerly of North Providence, passed away April 20th following a courageous battle against cancer. She was the beloved daughter of the late John S. and Viola G. (Angelone) Di Cola; sister of Delia G. Donaldson, Judith M. Perreault and her husband Prof. David A. Perreault, and Dr. Vincent C. Di Cola; loving and lifelong companion of Kenneth Stein. She also leaves several nieces and nephews. Joan graduated valedictorian of her class from Classical High School in Providence, RI. She received her A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University in both English and American Literature and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received both her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law, where she was awarded a prize for excellence in estate planning. Since her graduation from law school in 1981, she lived in the North End of Boston, which spoke to her cherished Italian heritage. Joan was a highly regarded solo practitioner in Boston specializing in estate planning, probate and tax matters. She served on many Boston Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association committees, acting as co-chair of the Boston Bar's Estate Planning Committee. Joan was a frequent contributor to, and participant in lectures, seminars and panel discussions for both Bar Associations and the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Inc., an entity dedicated to serving the educational needs of practicing lawyers. As such she was elected to membership in the prestigious Boston Probate Forum, and was serving on the Massachusetts Bar Associations Taxation Section Counsel at the time of her death. She loved travel, music and the arts. She was a member of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and a devotee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her favorite past-time, however, was reading on the beaches of Narragansett. Visitation will be held Sunday, 3-6 p.m. with funeral services Monday at 10 a.m. from the PONTARELLI-MARINO Home, 971 Branch Avenue, Providence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony Church, 1413 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, followed by burial in St. Francis Cemetery, Pawtucket. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island, for allocation to the Viola G. Di Cola Memorial Fund, One Cathedral Square, Providence, RI 02903. To express your online condolences, visit pontarellimarinofunerals.com.
Published in The Providence Journal from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2014
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