Joyce Ann (Connolly) Orsillo 

December 30, 2020

Joyce Ann (Connolly) Orsillo 

Joyce Ann (Connolly) Orsillo – of Woburn, December 30th at the age of seventy-two, with her loving family by her side. Beloved wife of Lawrence T. “Larry” Orsillo Jr. Cherished mother of Julie A. Orsillo of Stoneham and Jeffrey L. Orsillo, his companion Christie Spadafora of Woburn. Dear sister of Marion Armstrong, her husband Joseph of Winchester, Kathleen Buonarosa, her companion Tom Spina of Martha’s Vineyard and the late Michael Connolly, his wife Donna Lee of CA. Also survived by her lifelong friends, Margaret “Peggy” Doyle, her companion Randy, and Bernice “Bernie” Coumounduros & her husband George— as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins & friends . Due to the current pandemic protocols, there will be no wake or funeral Mass. Burial will be private.  At a later date, the family will have a remembrance celebrating her life for family and friends. To leave a condolence message to the Orsillo family, please visit, Lynch-Cantillon.com Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.   Remembrances may be made in honor of Joyce to Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire 

Joyce Ann (Connolly) Orsillo of Stoneham, formerly Woburn, passed away peacefully at her home on December 30th. She was 72 years old. 

Born & raised in Woburn, MA, Joyce attended St Charles school with her lifelong friend, Margaret “Peggy” Doyle. They both started working as candy stripers at Choate Hospital. It was working there that Joyce met the love of her life, Larry. 

Joyce & Larry shared a love that many are not lucky enough to see. Per Larry’s grandmother, “Mama” was giving Joyce a tour when they passed Larry. Mama introduced them and they’ve been together ever since. Larry still remembers their first date on April 30th, 1966, a Saturday night. 

Joyce & Larry were together through the rest of high school. They went to each other’s proms, Joyce’s at St Charles, & Larry’s at Winchester High School. They got married June 17, 1972 at St Charles Church in Woburn. 

Joyce and Larry showed everyone what true love really is. They said hello & goodbye with a kiss & an “I love you” every day of their lives. They not only loved each other, they really liked each other, and they loved spending time with each other. 

Traveling was a favorite of their pastimes.  Every March they went somewhere warm: Florida, Aruba, Puerto Rico, St Maarten, Bermuda, Bahamas, & many more. They loved going to visit Joyce’s friend Peggy & her partner Randy when they lived in New Jersey. Each visit included lots of laughs, and always a trip to the city for a show. 

Joyce adored her two children, Julie & Jeffrey. When Julie was young, Joyce sewed clothes & had Julie in a preschool fashion show. Joyce was in the PTA, a classroom mom, Julie’s brownie leader & chauffeur. Joyce loved having Julie also living in Stoneham, although she wasn’t a fan Julie’s large dogs. 

Joyce took Jeff to every one of his soccer & little league games & practices, & they shared a very special mother-son bond. She was so grateful he lived close by, in Woburn, & would see him & his girlfriend Christie often. 

After Jeff started middle school, Joyce went back to work full time at Lechmere. She was great at closing companies. After Lechmere closed, she worked at a few other companies until they closed, including Addison Wellesley, Longman publishing in Reading, then Ezenia in Burlington. In 2015, after over a decade with them, she retired from Royal Air Systems in North Reading. She loved her time working there with the whole Pickett family. 

Joyce had so many friends, & a crazy social schedule. She had her bingo buddies in Billerica, Foxwoods friends, golfing girls, & bowling belles. She loved going to the movies with her friend Bernice “Bernie” Coumounduros. Joyce & Larry loved seeing Bernie & her husband George at Foxwoods. 

Joyce loved to garden and the yard was always full of different shades of pink, her favorite color. She spent years going to ceramics, & the mantle was full every holiday. 

Family was very important to Joyce. She loved the years she spent over July 4th up at York Beach, Maine where her late parents, Dorothy “Dot” (Davies) & Martin “Marty” Connolly rented a cottage every summer. 

Before he passed, she loved when her brother Michael & his wife, Donna Lee, came to visit from California. It would always include a big family party with her sisters, Marion & her husband Joe of Winchester, Kathleen & her partner Tom of Martha’s Vineyard, her late aunt Mary (Connolly) Canney, and all her nieces & nephews. 

Another summer trip Joyce always looked forward to was heading down the cape to “her” beach in Dennis. Every summer, from before they were married, Joyce & Larry would head down to Horsefoot Path with the Orsillo family. Cots, air mattresses, & cooler upon cooler, Larry’s late parents, Mary (Maiullari) Orsillo & Larry Senior, had a full house. After a day on the beach, sun soaked, full from a family dinner, guitars were out & the music started with Larry’s brothers, Paul & his wife Karen of Kittery Point, Maine, Tom of Gloucester, Jim & his wife Peggy of Woburn, along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews. The most important guest was Larry’s sister Lorraine of Woburn. Lorraine would always tell Joyce, “I love you Joyce Orsillo”. 

Throughout the years, Joyce always had a camera by her side, capturing so many family memories. Those photos lined the walls of her home. 

Joyce still has a high school wallet photo given to her by Larry in 1966, when they had been dating for only 6 months. On the back, he wrote: 

To Joyce: 

You’re the sweetest kid anyone would ever want to know. We’ve had a lot of fun together these last 6 months. I’ll never forget them and I know the next 6 will be even better. Maybe some night, when and if you’re feeling low please look at this picture and think of us and the fun times we’ve had. Be good and may God bless. 

Love you, Larry

eloved wife of Lawrence T. “Larry” Orsillo Jr. Cherished mother of Julie A. Orsillo of Stoneham and Jeffrey L. Orsillo, his companion Christie Spadafora of Woburn. Dear sister of Marion Armstrong, her husband Joseph of Winchester, Kathleen Buonarosa, her companion Tom Spina of Martha’s Vineyard and the late Michael Connolly, his wife Donna Lee of CA. Also survived by her lifelong friends, Margaret “Peggy” Doyle, her companion Randy, and Bernice “Bernie” Coumounduros & her husband George— as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins & friends . 
 
Due to the current pandemic protocols, there will be no wake or funeral Mass. Burial will be private.  At a later date, the family will have a remembrance celebrating her life for family and friends. To leave a condolence message to the Orsillo family, please visit, Lynch-Cantillon.com Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.   Remembrances may be made in honor of Joyce to Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire 

 

Due to the current pandemic protocols, there will be no wake or funeral Mass. Burial will be private.  At a later date, the family will have a remembrance celebrating her life for family and friends. To leave a condolence message to the Orsillo family, please visit, Lynch-Cantillon.com Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.   Remembrances may be made in honor of Joyce to Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire 

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  1. I was saddened to hear that Joyce passed away. I worked next to her for a few years and still have the angel she gave me hanging at my desk. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  2. Lori L Lambert-Osburn

    We are saddened to hear of your loss. We will hold your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Patricia A Padden

    I went to school with Joyce. She was the sweetest person that I ever knew. At one of our Reunions I met her once again and she hadn’t changed that much; she was still the sweetest Lady ever. I will pray for her and her Family in my prayers. Wishing her Family peace at this very difficult time.

  4. Maureen O’Donnell

    My sincere condolences to the Orsillo & Connolly families.
    Growing up on Porter Street many years ago, one could not have asked for a better friend than Joyce.

    Maureen (Connolly) O’Donnell

  5. Sending my deepest condolences! Joyce was so wonderful to Jenn and I growing up. I will always cherish those precious childhood memories with Aunt Joyce!!

  6. Meaghann and Mike Galdos

    We’re so sorry for your loss. Sending our love to Jeff and the Orsillo family.

  7. Vanessa & Nick Joyal

    We are so sorry for your loss. We have been thinking of you all week. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
    You are in our prayers.
    Love,
    Vanessa & Nick Joyal

  8. So very sorry to learn of Joyce’s passing. I worked with Joyce at Lechmere and also played golf with her and others, locally and at the Cape, many lunches with crew from Lechmere. Missed her so much. My sincere sympathy to Larry, Julie , Jeff and family.

  9. The family of Bob and Therese Dowd

    To the Orsillo and Connolly Families
    We are so sorry for your loss. May your memories comfort you

  10. My deepest sympathies and condolences for the family and friends at this difficult time. I hope you find comfort and strength in pleasant, sweet memories.

  11. Jeff- My prayers are with you and your family during this time. So very sorry for your loss.

  12. Amanda Spadafora & Alex Mastrangelo

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. No one can ever replace the amazing person that Joyce was. Our thoughts are with you and we are wishing you strength during this hard time. Amanda & Alex

  13. Nancy Spadafora & Jim Rooney

    We cannot fully express the sorrow we feel for your loss. We are thinking about you always.

    – Nancy & Jim

  14. Susan M Orsillo

    Larry, Joyce, and Jeffrey – So sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our thoughts and hearts.
    – Sue Orsillo and Family

  15. Peggy Cox Doyle

    From the time we were kids, the friendship, family, love and laughter we shared are cherished memories that live on in my heart. I am so grateful you were part of my life. My best friend: Until we meet again.

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