OBIT: Joan Gilbert, 82, Raised 3 Children in Watertown, Loved Sports & Reading

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Joan Gilbert

Joan Gilbert

Joan Gilbert

M. Joan (Callahan) Gilbert of Watertown, April 6, 2016. Age 82. Daughter of the late Marie and Raymond Callahan. Beloved wife of the late John B. Gilbert.

Beloved mother of Elizabeth A. Rourke of Watertown, John B. “Joby” Gilbert, II & his wife Grace of No. Grafton and Mary B. “Bari” Creonte & her husband Thomas of Waltham. Loving grandmother of Kristen Harvey & her husband Eric and Ryan J. Gilbert. Great grandmother of Brayden & Tevyn Harvey. Dear sister of Carol Jane Callahan of Mystic, Conn., Martha E. Flinter of No. Grafton, Moira C. Minnucci & her husband Rudolph and Darragh E. Callahan both of Shrewsbury. Also sister of the late Rev. Raymond J. Callahan, SJ.

Funeral from the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home at 270 Main St. Watertown on Saturday April 9, 2016 at 9 a.m., followed by Funeral Mass in the Church of St. Patrick, 212 Main St., Watertown at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited.

Interment will be at Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Joan was born and grew up in Framingham. She graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 1955. Joan married the love of her life, John B. Gilbert in 1960 and settled in Watertown shortly after where she raised three wonderful, loving and caring children. She also was blessed with two grandchildren and 2 great-children.

Family was the most important thing to Joan but she had many other interests as well. She was especially fond of winters in St. Augustine, Fla., and enjoyed giving tours to those who went to visit. She loved golf, playing occasionally and watched as often as she could. Her love of sports extended to more than golf and was an avid Boston College football fan. She enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, horse racing and the Olympics.

Joan was an enthusiastic reader who enjoyed books of all genres. Her faith was extremely strong and enjoyed any church participation. Joan appreciated a good glass of wine and social events. She will be greatly missed by all.

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