OBITUARY

Joanne E. Berkowitz

June 29, 1929September 7, 2021

Joanne E. (Burke) Berkowitz of Walpole entered into rest on September 7, 2021 at the age of 92.

Beloved wife of Norman H. Berkowitz. Devoted mother of Lisa B. Wilson and her husband Bruce, and Steven Berkowitz and his wife Laureen. Loving sister of Susan, Robert, and the late Dustin. Cherished grandmother of Douglas, Gregory, Alexis, Tess, and Eli.

Joanne was brilliant. She graduated at the top of her class from her nursing program in Greenfield, achieving the highest score on the state board exam. Fellow students turned to her for guidance and mentorship. She moved to Boston to become a psychiatric nurse and met her future husband, Norman, while treating a patient. Together, they began a family whose home was a warm refuge or anyone who needed support. For over forty years, Joanne hosted Christmas and Passover. She savored summers, especially in Maine and Vermont. She loved gardening, recalling her agricultural roots in Athol. Together, Joanne and Norman traveled the world; the family even lived in Holland for a year during Norman’s sabbatical, making their way around Europe. The couple enjoyed wonderful times with a wide circle of colleagues and friends. In later years, Joanne became an accomplished artist, and she continued to uplift those around her. Her greatest joy was the stories of her grandchildren, and she was very involved in their lives.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 10th at 2:00 PM at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 475 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to organizations that support families affected by cystic fibrosis and to find a cure.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 10, 2021

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Beth Kurland

September 9, 2021

There are so many wonderful memories of holidays and special occasions spent with Steve and Laureen and family over the years, of which Joanne was always a part. What I will remember most about Joanne is her beautiful smile and the warmth that she exuded just by being in her presence. She immediately put people at ease, she was always interested in whatever one had to say, and she genuinely listened with care and attention. It was always clear how deeply she loved her family. Sending deepest sympathy, care and support - may her memory be a blessing and may she rest in peace.

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