Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel

10 Vinnin Street, Salem, MA


Joan Brown

December 24, 1936May 10, 2020

Brown, Joan C. 12/24-36 to 5/10/20

Joan Brown of Canton ended her brave battle against cancer at the age of 83 on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020 after spending the day with her family. Devoted wife of the late Robert Brown, loving mother of Michael Chefitz and his wife Robyn Frost, Debra Hornung and her husband Dr. Scott Hornung, and Richard Chefitz. Cherished grandmother of Kimberly O’Regan and her husband James O’Regan, Adam Hornung, Jonathan Chefitz, and Mikaila Chefitz. Beloved daughter of the late Robert and Sally Wolk and cherished sister of Marcia Wolk. Joan, who went by Joanne, graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School and the University of Massachusetts. She raised her family in Canton and worked for many years and indeed past the age of 82 in the cosmetic retail industry where she was beloved. Joan Brown was active in the community and served as the president of the PTA at Dean Elementary School and the president of the Sisterhood at Temple Beth Abraham. She cherished time spent with her family and co-workers and friends, loved fashion, antiquing, gardening and time spent on the water. The service will be private and no shiva will be held in light of the pandemic. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Debra Hornung, 4 Suffolk Circle, Andover, Massachusetts 01810. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, 73 Buffum Street, Lynn, MA 01902. For more information or to register in the online guestbook, please visit www.stanetskyhymansonsalem.com.


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Ellen Sundook-Goff

May 21, 2020

Sending love & sympathies to Joanne’s family...I have such wonderful memories of she and my mom spending lots of time together, Joanie always so glamorous and beautiful! She was a sweet, kind and lovely person....

Martha Feinberg

May 19, 2020

Joan was a dear friend before she became my cousin. We met in high school and kept our relationship of friends over the many years. While in high school, we would stop every afternoon for free sodas and sundaes at her father’s drug store. Her cousin Bobby as he was called then was the “soda jerk.” That was what our teenagers called the guy in charge of the fountain. Subsequently, cousin Bob and I married as soon as I finished college. Joan and I were bridesmaids at each other weddings. Our families were together all the time.
After we moved to California, we visited whenever we came to Boston or Joan could come to CA. My love and sympathy is with you. Thank you, Rick for calling me.

Fernando Perdomo

May 16, 2020

I miss the fact that Joan is not around to assure that my best friend, RICK CHEFITZ , does not get into trouble. I first met Joan,30 years ago in Tewksbury Mass, Joan came to meet my family since her youngest son Rick was going to move in with a new roommate in campus at UmaSS . That roommate would be me AND I DO NOT BLAME HER FOR COMING TO MY HOUSE. I was not a typical college student. Joan was out to protect her youngest then at Umass and 20 years after Rick followed through in moving to NC. Rick has become a very successful professional working at Duke energy after leaving Mass and I know she was very proud of him according to her writings.
Joan, you will be missed! Love to the family.


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