Joan Lewis

Joan Lewis (Dempsey)

January 2, 1931 - April 4, 2020
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Joan D. Lewis , 89, resident of Westford, MA and former longtime Chelmsford resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 4, 2020.

She was the loving wife of late husband William James Lewis with whom she celebrated 61 years of marriage.

Born in Bellows Falls, Vermont on January 2, 1931, she was the daughter of the late
Charles and Julia Dempsey.

Joan attended Nursing school in Vermont and after graduation went on to attend Boston College where she earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees. Joan also received her Doctorate in Education from Boston University. In addition to raising five children Joan had a distinguished professional career which included working as a Registered Nurse, a Nursing Professor at University of Massachusetts Lowell for twenty years and Dean of the Nursing School at Rivier University in Nashua, NH, where she developed the graduate nursing program.

Joan is survived by her five children and their spouses, Julia (Lewis) and George Frascarelli of Chelmsford, Dr. William and Suzanne Lewis of Westford, Charles Lewis, Mark and Erika Lewis of Westord, Ann (Lewis) and John Jordan of New Canaan, CT: Her thirteen grandchildren, Colleen (Frascarelli) Sennott, Ann (Frascarelli) Ryan, George Frascarelli IV, William J. Lewis III, Matthew Lewis, Jeffrey Lewis, Charles Lewis Jr., Joseph Lewis, Stephen Lewis, Griffin Lewis, Andrew Jordan, Shannon Jordan, Ryan Jordan; Her one great-grandchild, Joseph Ryan.

Immediate family members will travel to Bellows Falls, Vermont for interment.
Memorial contributions may be made in Joan’s name by mail to Saint Anne Church, 75 King St., Littleton, MA 01460.
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    St. Charles Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Bellows Falls, Vermont
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    Interment will be held privately.


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Private Condolence

Valerie King

Posted at 01:52pm
To all the Lewis family.. Please know that Joan was such an important person in my professional as well as my personal life. She and Bill lived next door to us for years on Driftwood Drive and her grandchildren played at my home. Joan was an incredible influence in my undergraduate and graduate nursing education. I became the nurse, nurse educator I am today because of the grace and kindness she she demonstrated as a nurse faculty and how she mentored so many nurses. I would like the family to know that I have continued on as a nurse educator and have always remembered to show kindness and compassion to my students as they are all going on to work in the noblest of professions.. Nursing. Joan will be deeply missed but please know that her gift of nursing to so many students will keep on giving to everyone for years to come.

Sr. Pauline Leblanc

Posted at 09:37am
Joan was a very faithful member of the Associates of the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa since 1991. She made several valuable contributions to the group's growth. She represented the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa on the Board of Marguerite's Place in Nashua, NH, a transitional residence for single women and their children. She will be greatly missed! Our prayers are with her loving family.

Sister Pauline Leblanc, sco

Louise R Fernitz

Posted at 10:54am
Dear Bill, Suzanne, William, Jeff, Matt & the entire Lewis Family< We are so sorry to hear of your sweet Mother's passing. Find PEACE in knowing that Joan & Bill are together and walking hand in hand watching over all of you. Joan's legacy lives on as Lewis generations unfold in her honor. You are all in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.
Lots of Love,
Dave, Louise, Andrew, Sean, Kyle & Erik Fernitz

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