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“Our deepest condolences to the entire Family. She was a wonderful lady and will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.Sincerely,...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: James (Scott) Beaton - New Bern, NC

“Kathleen and the entire family,My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May all the wonderful memories you have of her help you all in the...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Patricia Bertrand - Billerica, MA

“Sending our deepest condolences to the Callahan family. I have such fond memories of Joan and her beautiful family, as they were my first babysitting...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Margret & Carmine Juliano - SC

“I have known Joan for many years both as a secretary at Our Lady’s school and as a personal friend. Joan was a thoughtful and caring person to...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Charlotte Mulone - Friend

“To the Callahan family, So very sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She was a sincerely nice person. What wonderful memories you have to help...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Donna Merithew - Marston's Mills, MA

“We enjoyed these pictures which brought back many wonderful memories of your mother. She was a beautiful, caring woman who had a way of making you...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Jennifer Arsenault - AZ - Family

“Kelly & familyI am so very sorry for your loss. Always remember that your mom is always with you. ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: Carrie Ranelli-Nardone - MA

“Joan was the heart of OLCA, She was a good listener to all, teachers and students. We retired the same time , I was glad because I could not...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Patricia Colman - Watertown, MA

“To the entire Callahan and Beaton family and my dearest friend Carolyn, may I first say what a beautiful slide show of your Mother (and Father's)...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Carolyn Shaw - Hobe Sound, FL

“Joan was the secretary at Our Lady's when I first came to Our Lady's as a kindergarten teacher. She was very welcoming to me and made me feel like I...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Peg Juppe - Belmont, MA

“Lovely lady. Sorry for the families' loss ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: Maureen Bott - Waltham, MA

“Mary, My thoughts, prayers and my heart are with you and your family. It's been years since we saw each other, but I never forgot your kindness and...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Janet J. Moore-Oleson

“Sending our deepest condolences to the Callahan family. Joan and her family have been the best of neighbors. She has been so sweet to send notes...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Steve, Lindsey, Tristen, and Natalie Moran

“Sorry for your loss Kathleen, Carolyn, and Callahan Family May all your memories help ease the pain of this difficult time ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: Nora Lawton - Framingham, MA

“My deepest sympathies to you all . Your dad and mom were wonderful neighbors with their sense of community and made many happy memories in our...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Cathy Hill - Waltham, MA

“To the Callahan Family,My deepest sympathies go out to all of you in this difficult time. I have MANY fond memories of "Mrs. Callahan" while I was...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Michael Shaughnessy - VA

“Aside from family visits on the weekends back in the 60s, I have fond memories of visiting Auntie Joan 2 or 3 x over the past 3 years. She was...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Thomas Callahan - Walpole, MA

“To Carolyn, Kathleen, Eddie and all of the Callahan Family, I think of your Mom with a wide smile and kindness in her voice. She was lovely to talk...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Maureen King - Waltham, MA

“To the Callahan and Beaton Family - Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. RJ, Anne and...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: RJ and Anne MacDougall - Waltham, MA

“To Joan's family we send our heart felt sympathy ,at this time of grief. Cousin Joan was a beautiful person inside and out. A quote by Mother...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: donna lucas - Wey, MA - Family

“Condolences to the family. Though you will miss your Mom plenty you have many great memories to hold her close in your heart. Rest in Peace dear...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Jesslyn Dalton - Dartmouth NS

Waltham – Mrs. Joan R. (Beaton) Callahan, of Waltham, died Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in her home. She was 84.

Joan Beaton was born in Waltham on April 10, 1936, a daughter of the late John and Laura (MacKay) Beaton. She was a graduate of Waltham High School and until her retirement had worked as the beloved school secretary at Our Lady's Academy on Trapelo Road for twenty-one years.

She married her sweetheart, Edward F. Callahan, in Our Lady's Church on September 17, 1955 following Ed's time in the service during the Korean War. The pair enjoyed fifty-seven happy years together until his death on January 1, 2013.

A devout Catholic, she was a lifelong communicant at Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church and truly believed in the healing power of faith and prayer. With her friendly face and pleasant demeanor, she enjoyed many friendships with her neighbors who gave her so much love and support the past many years.

Among the many gifts life gave her, Joan's greatest love of all was her family. She and Ed raised their seven children in the Lakeview neighborhood where they made many happy memories. Her love grew more and more with the welcoming of each new grandchild and great-grandchild. She was a devoted wife and mother, and her heart was truly complete when her loved ones were near.

In addition to her husband, the late Edward F. Callahan, Joan is reunited in Heaven with her brothers and sister, the late George Beaton, Jim Beaton, and Lois Rosenfeld.

She is survived by her children, Laura McCann (Damien), Mary Callahan, Carolyn Hough (Kevin), Kathleen Callahan all of Waltham, Edward Callahan (Tonya) of Pepperell, Andrea Russo (Anthony) of Bedford and Kelly Callahan (Ricky Anderer) of Belmont; her sister, Mary Callahan of Hudson; her grandchildren, Mike Morizio (Lindsey), Matthew Morizio (Addie), Scott Hough (Sue Ann), Beverly Loynd (Michael), Patrick Hough (Amanda), Amanda and Alicia Russo and Trey, Shalee, Reed, Raelyn, Cade and Jace Callahan; her great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Brooke, Eddie, Henry, Joseph, Nora, Angelo, Phillip and Ruby Morizio, William Avila, Jake Loynd and Ryan, Sean, Ashlynn and Brendan Hough and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Joan's life by gathering on Monday, April 5th, in Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham.

Those who wish to view Joan's Funeral Mass may do so by clicking on the following link on Monday, April 5th at 10 a.m.:

Joan's family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation for the loving care she received from The Good Shepherd Hospice, especially her nurse Joanne.

A note from the funeral home pursuant to Governor Baker's recent order:

During times of uncertainty and crisis one might wonder what to do at the loss of a loved one or how to show support to a friend given the limitations that the pandemic continues to present.

Telephone your friend to offer words of love and support, give them a virtual hug, drop something delicious by the house, leave a condolence on the funeral home website, make a donation to their favored charity, send a card or flowers or have a Mass said, remain in touch, and above all else . . . say prayers for the deceased and their family and the world during this difficult and unprecedented time.

These simple gifts of sympathy and charity are more valuable than you will ever know.

When public wakes are held capacity limits mean that your visit should be brief to allow other guests time to say hello to the family. Only members of the immediate family remain present throughout.

It goes without saying that people who have lost someone are especially sensitive and understanding to the concerns that some of their own family members and friends may have about visiting any public places right now. If this does not feel like the right time for you to venture out please don't.

Space limitations also mean that funeral services inside the funeral home and in many places of worship will also be private. Most services, at the family's request, will also be livestreamed and recorded for future viewing. The link to access the channel is found at the bottom of the obituary notice online.

Cemetery services are included in the current outdoor gathering limit of twenty-five people.

During any events, public or private, common sense precautions prevail. That includes masks covering your nose and mouth, staying with your household group throughout the services and keeping a sensible distance.

Thank you . . . again . . . for your patience and understanding.