DiMINICO, Joan (Niakaros) of Walpole, passed peacefully on May 21 surrounded by her loving family at the age of 59. She had a beautiful spirit and touched the lives of everyone who met her. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend who all who knew her.
She was a force in the kitchen and enjoyed cooking, shopping, spending time with friends and family, and being at the beach. Bringing people together was incredibly important to Joan, and she effortlessly hosted many gatherings over the years. Her biggest fear was not having enough food, so even if you paid her an unannounced visit, a beautifully made cheeseboard would always find its way to the table.
Joan had an incredibly kind and welcoming spirit that radiated to others. Those who spent time with her always walked away feeling inexplicably happy and inspired. Her most recent job was working part-time at Sephora where she took great pride in making others feel confident and beautiful. However, her most important job was being a full-time mom to her three boys. She was always fully engaged in their lives by volunteering in their classrooms, taking them to after school activities, and being a second mom to all of their friends.
Joan was the beloved wife of Robert of 36 years. Cherished daughter of Arthur and Mary Niakaros of Westwood. Devoted mother of Michael and his wife Amanda of Westwood, David and his wife Heidi of Portland, Maine, and Robbie of Brooklyn, NY. Cherished sister of Ann Tanery and her husband Tony of Boston, John Niakaros of Arlington and Arlene Bonfiglio and her husband Joe of Westwood. Loving "YiaYia" to Elianna and Holly. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday evening from 4-8pm at the Alexander F. Thomas and Sons Funeral Home, 45 Common St, WALPOLE with a Memorial Service starting at 7. Relatives and friends invited. A Funeral Service will be held Friday morning at 10 at St. Gregory Greek Orthodox Church, 1007 West St, Mansfield. Interment at Westwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, In Memory of Joan DiMinico to support Cancer Research and Patient Care at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or www.danafarber.org/gifts.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
P.O. Box 849168, Boston MA 02284