Joan M. (Cook) Curran

June 5, 2005

Joan M. (Cook) Curran

Curran – in Woburn, Sunday, June 5th, Joan M. (Cook), beloved wife of Richard D. Curran. Devoted mother of Michael R. Curran of Stoneham and Robert J. Curran and his wife Claudia of Boston. Loving daughter of Mary (Ruble) Cook of Woburn and the late Robert L. Cook. Dear sister of Michael R. Cook and his wife Kathleen R. of Andover and Cathy A. Jordan and her husband Larry J. of Burlington. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and a grandniece. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn on Thursday, June 9th, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Calling hours Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

Joan M. (Cook) Curran passed away Sunday morning at her home after courageously living with cancer for the past few years. The beloved wife of Richard D. Curran, she was fifty-two years of age. Born in Stoneham, Joan was the loving daughter of Mary (Ruble) Cook of Woburn and the late Robert L. Cook. At the age of four her family moved to Woburn where they built their family home on the West Side. Joan attended the Woburn Public Schools and was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of ’70. While attending Woburn High School, she worked as a candy striper at the Choate Hospital. Joan continued her education at the Katherine Gibbs College in Boston, completing her education in 1973. While attending Gibbs College, her exuberant personality earned her a position on the cheerleading squad. Even as a young girl, Joan had a certain zest for life and a terrific sense of humor. In 1974, Joan married her husband Richard, with whom she lovingly would have celebrated their 31st anniversary in ten days. They made their home in West Woburn, where together they raised their two sons. . Joan had a talent for making holidays and birthdays particularly special as she created exciting ways to celebrate. Caring for her family was always her first priority and when she wasn’t sharing with them, she found the time to train as a marathon runner. She began running in the 80’s and went on to complete ten Boston Marathons, the Marine Corps Marathon in DC and several regional marathons winning several medals and trophies. She was a member of the Shamrock Running Club.

Throughout Joan’s illness she maintained her unselfishness and remarkably comforted others also suffering from the disease. She was engaging with her doctors and nurses and they would often join her in pray. Joan may have lost the race with cancer but she never lost her love for her family, friends and her life.

Joan was predeceased by her father Robert L. Cook.

She is suvived by her husband, Richard D. Curran, her children Michael R. Curran of Stoneham and Robert J. Curran and his wife Claudia of Boston, her mother,Mary (Ruble) Cook of Woburn her siblings, Michael R. Cook and his wife Kathleen R. of Andover and Cathy A. Jordan and her husband Larry J. of Burlington. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and a grandniece. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn on Thursday, June 9th, at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10. Calling hours Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

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  1. (President)Richie,
    I’m sorry to hear of Joan’s death.
    Reading in the globe brought back many memories of years past. I remembered your anniversary was June because of your license plate after you were married. I remembered riding on 128 like crazy people(don’t tell your sons how wild you were back then) going to a graduation. All in all good mememories of yesteryears.
    Mostly I remembered would a really nice person Joan was. Wishing you peace and strength in the days and years ahead.

  2. To Richard, Michael, and Robert

    Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear, may beautiful memories of Joan give you strength thru this difficult time.

    With Heartfelt Sympathy Terri Connolly

  3. Mr Curran, Michael, Robbie
    I was so sorry to hear about
    Mrs Curran she was such a lovely person she will be greatly missed.

  4. Dear Rich, Michael and Robert,

    I am so sorry about Joan. I was not aware that she had been so sick and I apologize for not contacting her. I feel just awful about that.
    Although we feel the heavy loss of losing someone so close, we can find comfort in knowing that she is happy and in Heaven. You will miss her terribly but she will always be with you and I’m sure she will send you messages so that you know she is here.
    Please accept my sincere sympathy.

    Anna Marie Murphy

  5. To Richard, Michael and Robert:

    We were very sorry to hear of this news. We offer you our loving condolences. If we can be of any help with anything or simply be here for you please let us know.

    Sincere regards,

    Joe & Lisa Connolly

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