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Josephine "Joan" (Pignato) Harrington

February 14, 1936 ~ December 17, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Josephine Harrington Obituary

Josephine "Joan" Harrington, a resident of Saugus, peacefully departed this life surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, December 17, 2023.

Joan was the cherished wife of the late John F. Harrington and took great pride in creating a warm and welcoming home for her family. Together, they enjoyed memorable cruises, creating lasting moments that enriched their lives.

A devoted mother, Joan leaves behind a legacy of love through her children: Jim Harrington and his wife Susan of Saugus, Terry Cecchini and her husband Butch of FL, John F. Harrington Jr., and his wife Susan of Lynn, and Michael Harrington of Saugus.

As a Regional Sales Manager for Avon, Joan dedicated many years to her career, showcasing her determination and work ethic. Her talents extended beyond the professional realm, as she found joy in knitting and sewing, skills she generously shared with those around her. A dedicated shopper with an eye for detail, Joan had a penchant for discovering treasures.

Beyond her professional and creative pursuits, Joan delighted in the simple pleasures of life, including Hallmark movies and the warmth of her church community. Her unwavering faith provided her with solace and strength throughout her journey.

Joan's leisure time often involved working on jigsaw puzzles, a shared pastime with her best friend, Eunice. Their hours spent together were a testament to the bonds of friendship that brought joy and companionship to Joan's life.

Above all, Joan's heart belonged to her family.  She was a dear sister to Jacqueline Mertz and her husband Barry of Maine. She was a cherished grandmother to Patrick, Daniel, Adrianna, Timothy, Shannon, and David, and an adored great-grandmother to Maggie, Mackenzie, Graeme, and Mia. Her love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren was the cornerstone of her life.

Joan's life will be honored at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home North Shore Chapel, 10 Chestnut St., Peabody, on Thursday, December 21st, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and again on Friday morning at 8:30 AM. The procession will then proceed to St. John the Baptist Church in Peabody for a 10:00 AM mass. The final farewell will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joan's name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. Joan's spirit, resilience, and the love she shared will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

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December 21, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ruggiero Family Memorial Home - North Shore Chapel
10 Chestnut St
Peabody, MA 01960

Funeral Service
December 22, 2023

8:30 AM
Ruggiero Family Memorial Home - North Shore Chapel
10 Chestnut St
Peabody, MA 01960

Funeral Mass
December 22, 2023

10:00 AM
St. John the Baptist Parish
17 Chestnut Street
Peabody, MA 01960

December 22, 2023

11:30 AM
Woodlawn Cemetery
302 Elm Street
Everett, MA 02149


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

Shriners Hospital for Children
51 Blossom St, Boston MA 02114


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