Joanne P. Wajda

July 5, 1937November 10, 2021
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Joanne P. Wajda, 84 of Brewster and formerly of Elmhurst, Illinois, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 10, 2021.

Joanne was born in Springfield, MA on July 5, 1937. She was the youngest of nine children of Andrew and Thelma Wajda (Godek).

After meeting her former husband who, was stationed at Westover Air Force Base, she moved to his hometown of Elmhurst, IL where she lived and raised her family for over two decades. Joanne eventually moved to Cape Cod calling it home for the next thirty plus years.

Spending time with her family gave Joanne great joy. She enjoyed dining out and going to the movies with her sister, Ermina Kosnack and their close circle of friends. Joanne was a member of the First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist Church, volunteering in their thrift store and often baking for different events. Joanne supported the arts and was herself, an avid painter.

Joanne is survived by her daughters, Marie Ciancio (Chybik) and Caren Chybik-Morse, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

A Celebration of Joanne’s life will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans, MA on Saturday, March 19, 2022, from 10:00 am ~ 12:30 pm

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Stroke Association at

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19 March

A Celebration of Life will be held

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way
Orleans, MA 02653


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Mary McDermott

November 20, 2021

It was always a joy to see Joanne and Ermina at the Orleans Senior Center lunches. They were always smiling and friendly, and obviously took great delight in each other's company as well as that of others. Joanne will be greatly missed.

Lenore Chace

November 20, 2021

Joanne and I met over 30 years ago. Since then she has been a loving, calming presence in my life. We spent many fun times together traveling around the Cape to craft fairs, art openings, music concerts, movies and to many restaurants searching for the perfect crab cake which we could never find. She and her sister made the best! We traveled off Cape as well to Art Museums, Theater productions, scenic trips all of which included food of some sort! I will always feel honored that she took me along on part of her life’s journey. She will be missed.