JOAN MARIE (LANCELOTTA) BIANCO

February 2, 2024

JOAN MARIE (LANCELOTTA)  BIANCO

Joan Marie (Lancelotta) Bianco – of Stoneham, Friday, February 2nd at the age of eighty-eight. Cherished mother of Thomas Willard, William Willard, his wife Mary Ellen, David Willard and Janet Smith. Dear sister of Maureen Del Core, her husband Phil and the late Victor Lancelotta. Adored grandmother of 7, great-grandmother of 13 and great-great grandmother of 1. Joan is also lovingly survived by many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 9 A.M in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

Joan Marie (Lancelotta) Bianco, passed away at her home, Friday evening, February 2, 2024, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Joan was eighty eight years of age, and was surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Arlington, Joan was one of three children, to the late Victor and Catherine (Tropea) Lancelotta.  

Having lived in Woburn, Joan was a graduate of Woburn High School, along with the Class of 1952. Growing up as a young girl Joan enjoyed taking tap dance lessons and later was voted best dancer in her senior year of high school.

Following high school, Joan continued on with her education at the Melrose Beauty Academy and also Colin & Hallisey Travel Academy.

Throughout Joan’s life she was an enterprising woman.  She owned and operated two very successful small businesses, which created job opportunities not just for herself but also for others.

As significant as Joan’s work history was, family was always first and foremost.  A loving mother and grandmother, she took great pride in all that they accomplished, never missing a beat.

Throughout Joan’s life,  she was a very kind and devoted friend, who shared many different interests. Dancing, travelling and just enjoying each and every moment was always a priority, in anything she did.  All the times spent at Good Harbor Beach, by the water throughout the years, with family and friends were truly her most favorite!

As Joan’s struggles with Alzheimers became more difficult, her dearest daughter Janet Smith, lovingly stepped in and assisted her all the way to the end of her life, hand and hand. 

 Cherished mother of Thomas Willard, William Willard, his wife Mary Ellen, David Willard and Janet Smith. Dear sister of Maureen Del Core, her husband Phil and the late Victor Lancelotta. Adored grandmother of 7, great-grandmother of 13 and great-great grandmother of 1. Joan is also lovingly survived by many dear nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 9 A.M in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, February 10th at 9 A.M in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Love and miss u granny. Thank you for the memories, there only ones I remember from my childhood. Really miss u granny.

  2. Lisa Taton-Murphy

    I am so sorry for the loss I know you all so keenly feel. Yes, Joans children were her everything! Then came the grandchildren and great grandchildren and it was all she ever wanted. My memories of Joan were when she lived in Michigan, though I did get to spend a Thanksgiving in Boston with her and the family. I too will remember her laugh, her pies (LOL Janet) and her spunk, She had a life well-lived until she was robbed of so much through her disease. Lastly, as many others have mentioned, Janet–you were her grace. You were her voice and you made sure she had the best of care, even when it was tough on you–and for that, may you know that true love can come from anywhere. Sending you all blessings and love.

  3. Lucille Herrick

    Auntie Joan you will be dearly missed but I know you are not suffering any more. My prayers and love to my cousins Tom, Billy, Janet and David she was a wonderful mother to you all and she was beautiful inside and out. Lots of fun times growing up she made everyone feel special Rest in Peace now Auntie Joan forever in our hearts

  4. Janet was your angel on earth, now you’re in the arms of the angels in heaven.
    Rest in peace my Friend.

  5. I was privileged to share time with Joan; watching comedies, Red Sox World Series win, celebrating life events, shopping, visiting relatives, sitting poolside, crafting, annual pre-Christmas dinner and sharing her “happy place”… Good Harbor Beach.

    Joan loved sharing good news about her kids, grandkids and all the other generations. Family was so important and she always wanted the best for them. I was honored to be the photographer/videographer for one very special Christmas gathering. So many kids, so much food, so many gifts! You knew you were family if Joan crafted a gift for you. She put special thought and care into each and every stocking. Sometimes there was painstaking detail. Joan was so proud of her creations and loved the recipients. She tried to share her special gifts with others.

    When I was preparing for surgery, she assisted in crafting a special mitt that would fit over the cast to protect the hand. Joan attempted to get me to learn sewing but I was hopeless. I couldn’t sew a straight line. We both just kept laughing till I finally had to stop… then Joan took over. Ha ha!

    Good Harbor Beach and Inn… that happy place was magical. It was a place where Joan could let many cares drift away. I brought my boogie board one visit for the kids to try… and some “big kids” too. She gave it a go and decided a good hair day and nail job wasn’t worth it! Ha ha! My last visit last week I sat and told a few stories. I reminded her of the scenery, smell of the ocean and the warm sand that surrounded her like a big hug. I believe she heard me talking about her happy place and was already there.

    My condolences to all who knew and loved Joan. Janet, your love and tender care allowed her time to bear witness to a few more special moments. Your care allowed your Mom to transition to the other side in a dignified, peaceful way that many of us can only hope for. You made certain her care was the best possible. It is time that you take care of you, good servant. Love and HUGS

  6. Patty and Tom McGovern

    Thinking of all of Joan’s children and family with greatest sympathy. She was a lovely woman inside and out, and may she rest in peace. We are so very sorry for your loss.

  7. It has been my honor and privilege to observe pure love and devotion of Janet to her mother. She will rest in peace.

  8. Whether you knew my mother Joan as a family member or as a friend, I would want you to know that nothing was more important to her than those relationships throughout her life. Her friends and family were her greatest joy.
    While we say good bye and reflect on her life intersecting with our own lives you may find yourselves with many pleasant personal memories of her.
    The image of her that seems to be strongest in my own heart and mind is of her smile and her laughter.
    It was a lovely, consistent element entwined within my own life. Even when some moments in my life were complicated and difficult, she would remind me to stay positive. Sometimes a loving smile, full of grace, is all that was required.
    Today, this is one of those difficult moments for me. So, I think of her smile. I fix it in my mind’s eye and I look forward to tomorrow.
    Whether family or friend, remember her warmth, her joy of you, and move into your tomorrows knowing she loved you.
    Thank you,
    David

  9. I’m so grateful to have know Joan,such a good and dear Friend and Janet,who Devodetly and Lovelying took care of herMom throughout her long Journey My condolences to her Family.

  10. Stunning lady. I am so very sorry for your loss. I do remember all the stories you had told me @ Felicia’s about your summers together. Remember & cherish all the wonderful memories. You were a wonderful daughter & took excellent care of her. I hope that you find peace very soon.

  11. Janet Lee Smith

    I’m going to miss you so much. It was my honor to care for you and to complete Your journey together. We did it . I’ll never stop loving you. Rest easy in God’s arms I look forward to seeing you Again . You were the best mom in the world

  12. RIP dear cousin. Sending prayers to Joan’s children Janet, Billy, Tommy and David and all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Love, cousin Annie

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