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Cunha, Joan C. (Belleza) of Somerville, April 30, 2020 at age 86.  Devoted wife of the late Lawrence A. Cunha. Loving mother of Linda Cunha, Debora Battinelli and her husband Ernest, Janice Desrochers, Lawrence Cunha and his companion Kathleen Sullivan, JoAnn Grieco and her husband James. Cherished grandmother of Melissa Lanzieri and her husband Vincent, William, Joshua and Brittany Desrochers, Daniel and Julia Battinelli, Courtney and Kelly Cunha, Alyssa and Danielle Grieco.  Adored great-grandmother of Vincent and Mila Lanzieri and William Desrochers. Beloved sister of the late Dorothy Mills.  Also survived by her brother in law Robert Cunha and his wife Louise, nieces, nephews, cousins and many other loving relatives and friends. 

Joan was a former member of the Portuguese American Civic League in Cambridge.  She loved watching her Boston Sports Teams, especially the Boston Bruins.  But more than that, she loved spending time with family and friends. Joan was a former member of the Abbey Lounge Bowling League, she enjoyed the summers at Hampton Beach, and all those who knew her well, will miss her contagious laughter. Although she lived in Somerville most of her life, she still considered herself a Cambridge girl at heart.  

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to St. Louis & Zelia Martin Parish, (formerly St. Joseph Church of Union Square) 179 Summer St., Somerville, MA 02143 or to the Maristhill Nursing Facility, 66 Newton St., Waltham, MA 02453. All service will be private, but a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. 

 

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# Catherine Lavoie 2020-05-02 11:31
I am so very sorry for your loss. May the loving memories you hold in your heart bring you comfort.
# Michael Sullivan 2020-05-03 19:09
To Linda and family
Sorry on the loss of your mother. I know it's hard I lost my mom last year may 7 right before Mother's Day last year.
Again sorry for your loss. Would love to hear from you Linda email me
# Anthony Accardi 2020-05-04 11:20
Janice and family, on behalf of your friends from Somerville High School's Class of 1981, we are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

Sincerely,
Anthony Accardi
Somerville High Class of 1981
# David Gale 2020-05-05 01:24
Sorry for your loss the Cunha family I always remember your moms laugh she was a great person. Please know we are thinking of you at this difficult time the Gale Famiky
# Ellen Penso 2020-05-05 17:24
My condolences to Joan’s family and friends. As the ombudsman at Maristhill Nursing Home, I always looked forward to seeing Joan on my weekly visits prior to the recent restrictions. She always looked so lovely and was always so cheerful. I know that everyone there will miss her.

Ellen Penso
# David McCloskey 2020-05-05 23:42
Larry, Linda,Debbie,Janice, and JoAnn
Our heartfelt condolences to you all. I hope you are all well and staying safe.
On behalf of The McCloskey family we wish you well
Dave
# Charlie McCarthy 2020-05-06 21:42
Hi Larry, I was very sorry and sad to learn that your
dear mother, Joan, has passed on. I want to extend
my condolences to you and your sisters; Linda,
Debbie,Janice, and Joann. I will always remember
when your mother would go to the 11:30 AM Mass
on Sunday mornings at St. Joseph’s and how proud
she was of you and your sisters. I am sure she was
proud of all of her grandchildren as well.
When you are able to safely have the memorial
service, there will be a great turnout in support of
you and your family to honor your mother’s memory.
Rest In Peace , Joan, and May God bless you
and all of your loving family.
Charlie

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