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Joan M. (Cordeiro) Healey, 84, a woman of boundless adventure, selflessness, and strength passed away peacefully at Waterview Villa in East Providence on November 2, 2023. Born on October 6, 1939, in Providence, RI, Joan was the beloved daughter of the late William A. and Alice A. (Athaide) Cordeiro, Sr.
Joan will be fondly remembered by her six children, Deborah Perry and her husband Jess of East Providence, John Healey of East Providence, William Healey of East Providence, Patricia Hannaway and her husband Raymond of Riverside, Sandra Bettencourt and her husband Stephen of Riverside, and Karen Cunha and her husband Edward of Seekonk. Joan was the proud sister of the late William Cordeiro Jr, August "Gus" Cordeiro, of South Carolina, Barbara Fidas of Hope, RI, and the late Joyce Thorpe.
Joan was the cherished grandmother of Sarah, the late Michael, Craig, the late Chelsea, Kayla, Jessica, Ashley, Andrew, Nicholas, Mackenzie, Zachary, and Matthew. She was also a great-grandmother, leaving behind four great-grandchildren, Madison, Cameron, Mila, and Christopher, who will all miss her dearly. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Joan had a long and fulfilling career as a secretary for the Walter Allen Company, a Jewelry display advertising company. She worked diligently for over 40 years, demonstrating her commitment and dedication to her work. Joan also spent many years as a welcoming face while cashiering at the Wampanoag Diner in East Providence, and finished out her secretarial career as a valued employee of Cunha Moving & Storage Company in East Providence. Her colleagues will remember her for her professional demeanor, kind spirit, and unwavering support.
As a lifelong parishioner of Sacred Heart Church, Joan was deeply rooted in her faith. Her spiritual life was a beacon that guided her and those around her. Outside of work and church, Joan had an array of interests. She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening. She spent countless hours sewing, creating beautiful pieces for her family and friends. Joan loved playing bingo and visiting casinos, her adventurous spirit shining through in her love for games of chance. She was also an avid reader, always seen with a book in hand, lost in another world.
Joan's life was marked by her adventurous spirit, selfless nature and amazing strength. Her passing is a great loss to her family and community, and her life was a testament to her values of love, faith, and family. Joan will be deeply missed, and her memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her, providing continual guidance and inspiration.
Her funeral will be held Friday November 10, 2023, at 8:30am from the REBELLO FUNERAL HOME, 901 Broadway, East Providence, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00am in Sacred Heart Church, 118 Taunton Avenue, East Providence.
Burial will follow in Mt. St. Mary’s Cemetery, 661 Prospect Street, Pawtucket.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours are Thursday November 9, 2023, from 5:00pm-8:00pm, at the funeral home.
Donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.