Joanne Patricia McLellan

July 24, 1938February 6, 2020
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Joanne P. McLellan 81, a lifelong resident of Keene, passed away peacefully at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Cheshire Medical Center in Keene on Thursday, February 6, 2020 after a period of declining health.

Joanne was born in Keene, NH on July 24, 1938 the daughter of Earl M. and Cecile F (Hamlin) Wall. She grew up in Keene attended St. Joseph School and was a 1956 graduate of Keene High School.

Following high school and her marriage to Bill Parrott she moved to Norfolk, VA where Bill was stationed with the U.S. Navy. When Bill went out to sea, Joanne returned to Keene and was employed by Peerless Ins. Co. Bill died tragically in a highway accident in 1959.

She later married her second husband, Blaine McLellan the father of her two daughters.

When her girls were grown, Joanne became employed by Keene School District SAU 29 and became the administrative assistant to the Keene High School Gold House Administrator, Edward Bourassa. While at Keene High she accompanied students on trips to England for several years. She still corresponded with people she met there.

Joanne loved to help organize events, especially school events and was active in all of her high school’s class reunions. She was a gifted artist who loved to paint and presented some of her works to area art shows. She also taught art classes at the Keene Vocational Training and Technology Center and at Craft Cottage.

Joanne was active in the community and was a member of the Parish of the Holy Spirit and attended St. Bernard’s Church.

She is survived by her two daughters; Deborah Mansfield of Limerick, ME and Patricia “Penny” LaChance and her husband Lee of St. Albans, VT; Her six grandchildren; Meaghan LaChance (Dan), Erica Pierce and her husband Adam, Blaine LaChance, Travis Mansfield and his wife Rachel , Zachary Mansfield and Katrina Mansfield. Two great-grandchildren; Harper and Ozzie. She is also survived by her sister Jean Windsor and her husband Raymond of Punta Gorda, FL; a niece and a nephew, Amy Riviera and her husband Joe; Scott Williams and his wife Mary Beth. Her cousin and lifelong friend, Sandra Mispel and her husband Bruce. She is also survived by two god-daughters Wendy Mispel -John and Tammy Pratt.

The family is very grateful for the loving care and friendship she received from her close friends, Carol and Peter Blaisdell as well as neighbors and many of her former classmates.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 10:30am at St. Bernard Church, 185 Main St. Keene, NH. Burial will follow in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave, Keene, NH. Family and friends are invited to call on the family from 4 to 6pm on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St. Keene, NH.

For those who wish to remember Joanne through a memorial contributions, donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul, c/o St. Bernard Church, 161 Main Street, Keene, NH. 03431 or to the fund promoting the new high school opening this fall, Our Lady of Mercy Academy, c/o Rev. Alan Tremblay, St. Bernard Church, 161 Main Street, Keene, NH. 03431.


  • Deborah Mansfield, Daughter
  • Patricia "Penny" LaChance and husband, Lee, Daughter
  • Meaghan LaChance (Dan), Granddaughter
  • Erica Pierce and husband, Adam, Granddaughter
  • Blaine LaChance, Grandson
  • Travis Mansfield and wife, Rachel, Grandson
  • Zachary Mansfield, Grandson
  • Katrina Mansfield, Granddaughter
  • Jean Windsor and husband, Raymond, Sister
  • Amy Riviera and husband, Joe, Niece
  • Scott Williams and wife, Mary Beth, Nephew
  • Sandra Mispel and husband, Bruce, Cousin and lifelong friend
  • Wendy Mispel, God daughter
  • Tammy Pratt, God daughter
  • Earl M. Wall, Father (deceased)
  • Cecile F. (Hamlin) Wall, Mother (deceased)
  • Bill Parrott, Husband (deceased)
  • Joanne is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Harper and Ozzie.

  • St. Vincent dePaul c/o St. Bernard Church
  • Our Lady of Mercy Acedemy Fund c/o Rev. Alan Tremblay c/o Parish of the Holy Spirit


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 11, 2020
  • A Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Burial with Committal Prayers Following Mass Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Joanne Patricia McLellan

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Jean Lake

February 13, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family of Joanne. Joanne was a dear friend and classmate of KHS class of ‘56’ we worked together on class reunions for a good many years. She was a sweet person and loved her family dearly. We talked every few weeks and it was important to have lots of time when you talked with her because she loved to talk and I think because she didn’t get out too much except to the doctors etc.
I will miss you dear friend. Rest in Peace

Judy Hardwick

February 11, 2020

I first met Joanne when our girls were in Sunny Semore's dance classes together in the late 60's and early to mid 70's. My girls were Mindy, Lisa and Robin Fletcher. Joanne and i had a lot of fun and laughs at that time when our children were young. She was a very sweet lady. My job went to Manchester, NH in early 1983 so i moved there. Our Children were grown at that time and we kinda lost connection, But still have very sweet memories.
Debbie, Penny and your family's, you are on my heart during this very sad time. With deepest Love and Sympathy
Judy Hardwick
My Husband and I will be praying for you all

Scott McLellan

February 11, 2020

I have so many great memories of Aunt Joanne. Her house was always high on the destination list during summer vacations to New England, and the pool didn’t hurt! Always welcoming, loving and kind, the one thing that keeps coming to mind was her expression, “Awwwww honeeey”. It brings a smile to my face and warms my heart every time I play it back in my head. Thoughts and prayers to Debbie, Penney and the entire family. Love, Scott

Melissa Magaletta

February 10, 2020

Joanne was a neighbor of my Mother’s for more than 10 years. She was a wonderful lady who always had a kind and thoughtful word. She was a good friend.

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to her family and to all who loved her.


Melissa L. Magaletta

Mr. & Mrs Raynor Smith Sr.

February 10, 2020

Deb and Penny, we are so sorry to read of your mom's passing. Joanne was a wonderful lady and we were privileged to have known her. We hope all you memories will help you through these difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Marty and Ray Smith
Wake Forest , NC

Peter Riesenberg

February 10, 2020

My sincere condolences to Joanne's family. It has been a very long time since I spoke to Joanne, but I always remember her as a kind person. My prayers are with you all.

Connie Mclellan-Cosner

February 8, 2020

Joanne was more than my sister-in-law. We met before her first marriage and were working in the same office when she was notified of his death. We have been friends thru all these years and I was the one that introduced her to my brother, Blaine McLellan. Her second husband. While we didn’t see each other often over the years as I always have lived away, we talked often over the phone and Facebook. She will be missed.

Douglas Dicey

February 8, 2020

Joanne, was a classmate of mine at Keene High School 1956, She was one fun person to be around and kid with thoughout our time in school. She was a good dancer and a person we all loved.
She will be missed, but we will have fond memories of our time in school and after at our class reunions.
God Bless her family and friends knowing she was one in a million.


Doug Dicey, class of 1956
Kennebunkport, Maine