Joan F. Cavaleri


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Cavaleri, Joan F. (Cefelo) of Dorchester died peacefully February 24, 2016 surrounded by her family.  Beloved wife of the late Joseph Cavaleri.  Loving mother of Joan Russo and her husband John of Milton, Dianne McLaughlin and her husband Kevin of Milton, Joseph Cavaleri and his wife Phyllis of Randolph, Annmarie Stalcup and her husband Stephen of Canton, Thomas Cavaleri of Dorchester, James Cavaleri of Dorchester and the late Elizabeth “Betsy” Cavaleri Sardo.  Sister of Elizabeth Kelly of Florida and the late Claire Morrow.  Cherished Mema of Joseph, Jennifer, Stephen, Diana, Bella, Ali and Gianna.  Great Mema to Joey and Nicholas.  Joan is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and was a special aunt to the Morrow Family.

Born and educated in Boston, Joan also continued her career in the city.  She was a dedicated nurse at Carney Hospital for 35 years before retiring in 2001.  She was compassionate, kind and caring to all she came in contact with.  She is remembered by her family as a woman who opened both her heart and her home to everyone. She enjoyed family traditions, hosting holidays and being in the company of those she loved, and who loved her.  Most of all, Joan loved her family who were the cornerstones of her life.  She will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Gregory Church, 2215 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, Tuesday March 1, 2016 at 11:30AM.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday 9:00AM to 11:30AM in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON.   Burial in Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.  In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joan may be made to Autism Speaks, 85 Devonshire Street, Boston, MA  02109 or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut Street #102, Wellesley, MA  02481. See for online condolences and directions.