Joanne (Galipeau) Gazzara

February 5, 2001

Gazzara – in Billerica, formerly of Woburn and Londonderry, NH, February 5th, 2001, Joanne (Galipeau), devoted mother of Peter Gazzara of Londonderry, NH. Beloved daughter of Henri and Yvette (Dessert) Galipeau of Billerica. Dear sister of Jerry Galipeau and his partner, Chuck Lorenz, of Chicago, IL, John Galipeau of Billerica, Jim Galipeau and his wife Michelle of Billerica, Gina O’Donnell and her husband Brian of Woburn, and Janet Parello and her husband Mike of Tewksbury. Loving aunt of Erin and Patrick O’Donnell. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, February 7th, at 10:45 a.m. Funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:30. Calling hours Tuesday 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be private. Donations may be made in Joanne’s memory to the Mass. Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02154, or to the Lowell Association of the Blind, 174 Central St., Lowell, MA 01852.

Joanne Gazzara, a native of Woburn, passed away on early Monday, February 5th, 2001, following a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was thirty-seven years of age.

Born in Winchester, she was the daughter of Henri and Yvette (Dessert) Galipeau of Billerica. She was raised in Woburn and graduated from Woburn High School with the Class of 1981. She continued her education at Salem State College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education in 1986. She was involved in education for a time in Woburn and later lived in Londonderry, New Hampshire. In recent years she had resided in Lowell.

Joanne worked at the YMCA while she was in Woburn and later in Lowell. She was a devoted mother who was very involved in her son’s life despite her progressively debilitating illness. An outgoing woman, she enjoyed tennis in earlier years, and loved spending time with her brothers and sisters and their children.

Surviving in addition to her parents, Henri and Yvette Galipeau of Billerica, formerly of Woburn, are her son, Peter Gazzara of Londonderry, NH, her brothers, Jerry Galipeau and his partner, Chuck Lorenz, of Chicago, Illinois, John Galipeau of Billerica, and Jim Galipeau and his wife Michelle of Billerica; two sisters, Gina O’Donnell and her husband Brian of Woburn, and Janet Parello and her husband Mike of Tewksbury.

She was also the beloved aunt of Erin and Patrick O’Donnell.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, February 7th, at 10:45 a.m., followed by a funeral mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn, at 11:30. Interment will be private.

Calling hours at the funeral home will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Donations may be made in Joanne’s memory to the Mass. Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02154, or to the Lowell Association of the Blind, 174 Central St., Lowell, MA 01852.

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