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Joan Walsh - Northeast Elementary School - Kindergarten - School Year 1979-1980 “Miss Walsh was my kindergarten teacher at the old Northeast Elementary School for the 1979-1980 school year. While a lot of the teachers I'd go on to...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Bill Bushey - Waltham, MA

“She was my first teacher at Bright School. She was the most kind, patient and sweetest teachers I have ever known. I was extremely shy and I...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Cherie Mandile-Dolan - Waltham, MA

Joan holding a Jane Austin mug “My husband and I moved across the street from Joan in 2009. She welcomed us to the neighborhood and we soon thereafter became wonderful and...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Laura Gleneck - Waltham, MA

“Miss Walsh was my kindergarten teacher at bright school in 1969 RIP miss Walsh ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Michele Bennnett

“Ms. Walsh was my son's kindergarten teacher at the Bright School.She left quite an impression on my son and me. She was such a kind, pleasant and...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Carol Oliveri - Waltham, MA

“Miss Walsh was my son's Kindergarten teacher at Northeast Elementary School in 1993.She was a mostkind and caring teacher to each individual child.My...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Beverley Smallwood - Waltham, MA


Waltham – Miss Joan M. Walsh, of Waltham, died Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Belmont Manor Nursing Home following a period of declining health. She was 87.

Joan was born in Worcester on August 19, 1934, a daughter of the late William and Mary (Ford) Walsh. She moved with her family to Waltham as a teen where they became lifelong members of Saint Jude Parish.

She was a graduate of Rosary Academy in Watertown and received her bachelor's degree from Lesley College in Cambridge. Joan later earned a master's degree in English from Boston College. Until her retirement she was a kindergarten teacher for the Waltham school system spending most of her career at the Jonathan Bright School.

She leaves her cousin, Virginia Breen and her husband, Ron, of Arlington.

Family and friends will honor and remember Joan's life by gathering to visit at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.