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“Fr. O'Grady I was so sorry to hear about the death of your Mother. You are in my prayers during these difficult days.May she rest peacefully in the...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Sances - 2Lnf - Friend

“My prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. My prayers are also offered for the repose of the soul of your dear Mom. May she soon rest in...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Sister Susan John Kraus - MA

“Dear Jean and Family- I am very sorry to hear of Joan's passing. I was happy I got to meet her at a cookout at 64 Partridge a couple summers ago. ...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Paul Connolly - Watertown, MA

“Auntie Joanie, my godmother... I always loved to see her, and she seemed to never change. My girls called her "The Little One" and "Little Joanie" ...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Anne Gray

“Sorry to hear of Joan's passing.Condolences to her extended familyAngelo ScaliaWaltham High Classmate Class of 1949 ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Angelo Scalia

“May our loving God's peace be with our dear, Joan, her family and all who loved her. Please know that we are remembering her and all of you in our...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Dominican Sisters of Peace - MA

“Rest in Peace, Joan. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Mary B. Ryan - Watertown, MA

“Dear Father Bob & family,Your mom was such a lovely lady. So sad to read of her passing. I just saw her a couple months ago & we were joking around...Read More »
8 of 11 | Posted by: Kevin & Carol Quinn - Waltham, MA

“To the O'Grady family: Many thoughts and sadness for the loss of such a "lovely lady". Joanie will be missed by many for a long time. Although it...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Jo Ann (Pat) O'Day - MA


10 of 11 | Posted by: Janice Connolly - Watertown, MA

“She was my dear friend, and I will miss her, my sister-in-law. ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Lee O'Grady O'Grady - woburn, MA


Watertown – Mrs. Joan (Wright) O'Grady, of Watertown, died Monday, January 8, 2018 at her home. She was 86.

Joan was born and raised in Waltham and was a 1949 graduate of Waltham High School. There she made many lifelong friends and was a faithful attendee of class reunions. In 1951 she married Watertown native William P. O'Grady and the pair made Watertown their lifelong home. Joan and Bill enjoyed fifty-two happy years together until his death in October, 2003.

Until her retirement Joan worked at the A&P Stores in Watertown and in Belmont. She was a talented knitter and solving crossword puzzles was a favorite pastime.

Faith, family and friends were Joan's daily companions and more than anything she loved being beloved 'Mimi' to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and their legion of friends.

She leaves her children, Rev. Robert M. O'Grady of Arlington, Maureen J. Amedio and her husband, Anthony, of Watertown and Jean M. McDonald and her husband, Gerry, of Watertown; her grandchildren, Kaitlyn DeStefano and her husband, David, Brianne Greeley and her husband, Darren, Brendan, Kerilyn and Patrick Amedio, Kelly Riordan and her husband, Bryan, Sandy, Ryan and Mark McDonald; her great-grandchildren, Colin, Reagan and Molly DeStefano, Aubrey Greeley and Libby and Lyla Riordan and many nieces and nephews including Patricia Dragone and her husband, Robert.

Family and friends will honor and remember Joan's life by gathering for calling hours in the Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main St. (Rte. 20), Waltham on Thursday January 11th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Patrick's Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Watertown.

Memorial donations may be made to Pilot Catholic Media, 66 Brooks Dr., Braintree, MA 02184.