Sheila N. (Joyce) Greenlaw

November 27, 2012

SHEILA N. JOYCE GREENLAW – in Woburn, unexpectedly, November 27th. Beloved wife of the late Donald B. “Donny” Greenlaw. Devoted mother of Donald B. “Donny” Greenlaw Jr.and his partner Lisa Ash of NH. Loving sister of Daniel L. Joyce Jr and his wife Beverly of Westford, Maureen E. Noble and her husband John W.”Jack” of Winchester and the late Brenda M. Joyce and very dear cousin Sr. Bernadette Joyce SND. Cherished Aunt of Daniel L. Joyce III, Colleen Bottari, Patricia Wendt, Michael Joyce, Kathleen Michaud, Kathryn M. Noble, John W. Noble III, Mary E. Torrey and Stephen B. Noble. Also survived by many dear great nieces and nephews. Friends are kindly invited to gather Saturday morning, December 1st in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn for a Funeral Mass at 8:45 a.m. Calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, are on Friday from 3-7 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Sheila’s memory to Friends of Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or Angel Flight NE, 492 Sutton Street, N. Andover, MA 01845, or to the Charity of your choice.

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OBITUARY:

Sheila (Joyce) Greenlaw passed away at the Winchester Hospital unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 27th, after having been stricken at her home. The beloved wife of the late Donald B. “Don” Greenlaw, she was seventy-nine years of age.

A lifelong resident of Woburn, Sheila was the oldest of four children to the late Dr. Daniel L. and Mary E.(Logan) Joyce. Educated right across the street from her home, she attended and graduated from St. Charles High School in 1950. Continuing on with her education, she studied English at Regis College, receiving her BA in 1954. Sheila had also pursued her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology, receiving her MS, OTR degree and certification.

In 1957 she married her sweetheart Don Greenlaw, to whom she was devoted for over the next fifty- two years. Together they brought their dear son “Donny,” Jr. into the world and devoted themselves to him. Following all his academic and athletic persuits, there was never an event missed. Skiing, skating, tobagganing at the Woburn Country Club and in later years golfing at the Country Club. Traveling was a family niche, whether it was to St. George’s Club in Bermuda, which was an annual trip for the family, or to Waterville Valley, Loon or North Conway, they all loved to ski. As the years moved on Sheila and her husband would travel all over the world with their dear friends Ann and George, with whom they shared so many wonderful travels and memories.

Sheila had worked in the Woburn Public Schools, Special Education Department since the inception of Chapter 766. Her expertise and knowledge in the area of Speech and Language held her in high esteem amongst her colleagues. Sheila worked primarily at the Goodyear and Wyman Schools where she continued to volunteer after her retirement, right up to last week.

Sheila’s family was her world. Her brother and sisters, nieces and nephews have all stayed pretty much in the area, sharing and celebrating in the achievements, birthdays, holidays, vacations, attending Mass or enjoying a dinner out, it was all about family.

Friends of the Library, Winchester Hospital, Woburn Country Club, Woman’s Golf, Goodyear School Volunteer or Regis College Alumni are just a few of the organizations that Sheila dedicated herself to. Always thinking of others and how she could help a patient, child, organization, recreation or just socializing, they all benefited from her enthusiasm and assistance.

She was a woman of tremendous faith. An active participant in St. Charles Parish all her life, be it the Christmas bazaars, Alumni Association meetings and functions or daily Mass, Sheila was an active participant.

A very thoughtful, loving, intuitive woman, Sheila had boundless energy and enjoyed so much making things “special” for everyone who surrounded her has left a beautiful legacy which will remain in the hearts of minds of all of us who had the distinct honor and pleasure of knowing Sheila Joyce Greenlaw, the Matriach of the Joyce family.

In addition to her husband Don, Sheila was predeceased by her sister Brenda M. Joyce and very dear cousin Sr. Bernadette Joyce SND.

She was the devoted mother of Donald B. “Donny” Greenlaw Jr.and his partner Lisa Ash of NH. Loving sister of Daniel L. Joyce Jr and his wife Beverly of Westford, Maureen E. Noble and her husband John W.”Jack” of Winchester and the late Brenda M. Joyce and very dear cousin Sr. Bernadette Joyce SND. She was also the cherished Aunt of Daniel L. Joyce III, Colleen Bottari, Patricia Wendt, Michael Joyce, Kathleen Michaud, Kathryn M. Noble, John W. Noble III, Mary E. Torrey and Stephen B. Noble. Also surviving are many dear great nieces and nephews.

Friends are kindly invited to gather Saturday morning, December 1st in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn for a Funeral Mass at 8:45 a.m. Interment is private.

Calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home are on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Remembrances may be made to Friends of Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, MA 01801 or Angel Flight NE, 492 Sutton St., N. Andover, MA 01845 or to the charity of your choice.

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  1. Sheila was such a welcoming presence at our Friends of the WPL board meetings. always a smile for everyone. I loved working with her because she was a very special person. My sincere sympathy for your loss. I know you will miss her.

    Marie Shack

  2. Sheila was one of the first people that I met when I started working in the Special Education Department in 1976. I remember her as a kind and warm hearted person who always had time to answer a question or give a “newbie” needed advice. Her students loved her as did her co-workers. Rest in peace Sheila.

    Rosanne Runfola

  3. My thoughts, love and prayers go to you Donny, Marueen and Daniel.Sheila and I worked together at Winchester Hospital and we became close friends. I will miss her and will always cherish the memories of activities we shared. Lovingly, Carol

  4. Adeline Sweeney
    Maureen,Donny & family
    So sorry for your loss. I truly miss her at 6:30 daily mass and our coffee hour at Dunkin in Woburn Center. She had such a sense of humor. She has left such a wonderful legacy and she touched so many lives in such a positive way.
    Please know you are in my prayers during this most difficult time. Adeline

  5. Kim,Chris,Bernie,Eric

    Donny and Lisa

    Sorry for your loss.

    Your mother always had smile for everyone.

    I remember all the great times
    we had thru the years with are families in laneville
    and waterville.
    all are prayers with at this sad
    time.
    both your parent were great people and they will be greatly
    missed.
    Love
    Chris,Kim,Bernie,Eric

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