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“Growing up, my dad would often share many loving memories of his sister, so the times I visited with her were always special. I am honored and...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Rose Jansz (Chisholm) - CA

“I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Aunt Joan. She was truly a wonderful lady. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Patty Chisholm-Karels - Waconia, MN

“I am sorry for your loss. Joni was a very dear, and sweet lady. Rest in peace Joni. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Michelle R Mccallister - Family

“Diane sorry for you loss. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: cheryl Bodwell/Schofield - MA

“Very sorry for the loss of Joan. ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Stephenie Osborne - Colfax, IA

“We loved having Joan for a landlady, she was a wonderful woman with such strength and perseverance, our condolences to Bob Denise and the rest of...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Sheila Clifford - Natick, MA

“Sheila ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Clifford - Natick, MA - Friend

“Thank you for the memories Aunti Joan. I will never forget how good you were to me. I will miss you always. ❤ ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Joan MacEachern (Lahey) - Woburn, MA

“Rest in Peace Aunt Joan ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Sandra Lahey Mitchell - Hudson, MA

“Many, many good memories of Aunt Joan, and the whole clan. Peace to all.Bill Proia ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Bill Proia - Natick, MA

“Bob so sorry for your loss ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Paul Bergeron - Jupiter, FL

“Rest in peace beautiful! ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Paula Inch - Hawthorne, FL


Waltham – Mrs. Joan L. (Chisholm) Lahey, of Waltham, died on Friday July 3, 2020 in Care Dimensions Hospice House, Lincoln. She was 87 years old.

Joan was born in Waltham on January 3, 1933, a daughter of the late William, Sr. and Alice (Holmes) Chisholm, and had been a lifelong resident. She was a graduate of Waltham High School.

For years she worked as a telephone operator at MIT Lincoln Labs in Bedford and before that held the same position at the Raytheon Company. When her children were young Joan worked in the cafeteria at South Junior High School.

The beloved wife of the late Robert J. Lahey she leaves her children, Brenda A. Lahey (Francis LoPresti) of Waltham, Diane J. Smith (Gary) of Waltham and Robert J. Lahey, Jr. (Denise) of Stow; her grandchildren, Courtney, John, Lauren and Jenna; her great-granddaughter, Tara; her son-in-law, David Richardson of Waltham; her brother, William Chisholm, Jr. of Marshfield and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Joan was also the mother of the late Donna M. Richardson and sister of the late George Chisholm, John Chisholm and Carol Osborne.

Family and friends are invited to gather for her graveside service on Tuesday, July 7th at 11 a.m. in Mount Feake Cemetery, 203 Prospect Street, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.