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“Dear Mr. Leard, Jen, and Tommy, I am so sorry for your loss.Sincerely,Mrs. Turner ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Ruth Turner - WALTHAM, MA

“My husband and I are so sorry to learn of Jane's passing. She was a wonderful person and friend. We still have the gorgeous picture of Jesus she...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Karen Mangan - Waltham - Friend

“My sincere sympathy to Jane's family for the loss of such a wonderful loved one. Jane was a true, kind, loyal, compassionate, humble friend. Even...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Judy Leslie (Creonte) - Lewiston, ID

“I had the pleasure of working with Jane for several years at the MassHealth office in Tewksbury. In addition to being kind, patient and exceedingly...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Linda McGrail - Reading, MA

“So very sorry for your loss This is a difficult time and my prayers are with you and your Family. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Monique Melanson - Holden, MA

“Though I only knew Jane as the mother of my daughter's childhood friend, she touched my life with her kindness. During my husband's illness, she...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Ginger Connearney - Waltham, MA

“I was so sad to hear of Jane's passing. She was a good kid, friendly & willing to help in any way she could at St. Mary's high. She will be missed. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Sheila Robinshaw Bennet - MA

“My condolences to Jane's family. I was a classmate at St. Mary's. Jane was a very kind and caring person always with a smile. She was always there to...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Cheryl (Duprez) Monahan - Waltham, MA

“My heartfelt condolences to Jane's family. I was a St Mary's classmate and remember Jane as a very special and kind hearted person. May she now be...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Anne Collins - Waltham, MA

“Dear Leard family,Jane's kind, determined, and gentle soul has been welcomed into the presence of our God by the souls of all who went before her and...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Ann Witham - Waltham, MA - Friend


Waltham – Mrs. Jane C. (Welch) Leard, of Waltham, died peacefully on Monday July 8, 2019 in her home. She was 72.

Jane was born in Waltham on April 9, 1947, a daughter of the late Bartholomew and Mary (Slauenwhite) Welch. She graduated from Saint Mary's High School in Waltham and later earned her degree from Emmanuel College in 1969.

On August 5, 1972 she married Richard W. Leard in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, and the couple remained lifelong residents. Jane worked for years as a social worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at offices in Waltham, Woburn and Tewksbury.

She was long active at Our Lady's Church and was the sort of person that could best be described as the blood and the bone of the parish . . . always willing to help when the need presented itself. Most recently Jane served as an acolyte at funerals in the parish.

Her love for her family was limitless. Jane was warm, loving, kind and generous . . . her bright smile, firm handshake and ever present joy were gentle reminders of her deep and abiding faith.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Richard W. Leard; her children, Jennifer A. McCafferty (David) of Berlin and Thomas S. Leard (Kimberley Mahoney) of Reading; her grandchildren, Matthew McCafferty, Luke Leard and Amelia Olszewski; her siblings, Sr. Margaret Welch S.N.D. of Ipswich, E. Joanne Mente of Concord, Ann Purcell of Auburndale and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Family and friends will honor and remember Jane's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, July 15th from 4 to 8 p.m. Her Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 16th at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham.

Following Jane's wishes her body was donated for medical research; memorial donations may be made to Healthcare for the Homeless, 780, Albany St. Boston, MA 02118 or St. Anthony's Lazarus Ministry, c/o St. Anthony's Shrine, 200 Arch St., Boston MA 02110.