Joanne Gertrude Staples of Dunstable
Paul and Joanne raised their four daughters in Holliston and Manchester, MA. When Paul died, they had been married for sixty-three years.
Joanne (known to her family as Hanne) was a graduate of Simmons College, and a member of the final graduating class of Newton-Wellesley School of Nursing, returning to school in her fifties. After graduation she worked on the orthopedic floor of that hospital until her retirement.
She was active in each community she lived in, participating in the League of Women Voters, choir, bible study groups, and the RISE program at Rivier College. She co-led an exercise program for seniors in Dunstable until 2017.
She had a keen and discerning mind, loved to read, and took great pleasure in the natural world. She worked hard, and was kind and thoughtful all her life, caring greatly about those less fortunate than herself, especially refugees.
In addition to her husband, parents, and those she lost in Germany, Joanne was predeceased by her sister Renate (Sheldon) Greene, and grandson Jesse Kovacs. She leaves her sister Marianne (Arthur) Talis, daughters Rebecca (Jeffrey) Robertson, Cinta (Justin) Quinn, Renate Kovacs, Christine Staples (Joel Ager); grandchildren Renate, Michael (Chie), and Lucy Robertson, Corina Quinn, Nicholas (Cristin) Kovacs, Johanna Staples-Ager; and great-grandsons Rei and Henry. Nieces, nephews, and numerous friends will miss her. Please honor her with your own kindness.