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Joan M. Sawyer

Obituary for Joan M. Sawyer

March 16, 1933 - August 19, 2022
Tewksbury, Massachusetts | Age 89


Joan M. Sawyer, age 89 of Tewksbury and a former longtime Lynnfield resident died peacefully at home on Friday, August 19th with her daughters Carol and Lisa at her side. She was born in Everett, MA on March 16, 1933 and was the daughter of the late Elmer and Florence (Pettitt) Kenison. She was raised in Everett and graduated from Everett High School in 1951. Mrs. Sawyer worked for many years at Macy's Department Store in Peabody and retired at age 82. She was a specialist for "COACH" handbags during her tenure. Prior to her 40+ years at Macy's she worked as a teacher's aide and secretary at South School in Lynnfield. She was an avid "Bingo" player and loved camping at White Lake State Park in New Hampshire. She especially loved Christmas and family gatherings.

She was the beloved wife of Ronald C. Sawyer. She was the loving mother of Carol Chapman and her husband Stephen of Reading, Lisa Dooling and her husband Michael of Tewksbury and Robin Whelan of Barrington, NH. She was the sister of William Kenison and his wife Barbara of Melrose and the late Elmer L. Kenison, Jr. and his wife Bernadette. She was the grandmother of Jonathan Chapman and his wife Melissa of Westford, Thomas and Jeffrey Chapman of Reading, Alanna Dooling of Tewksbury and Brianna, Jarrod and Brandon Whelan. Two great grandchildren also survive her.

Her Funeral Service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home 19 Yale Avenue Wakefield on Saturday August 27 at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joan's memory to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Shriners Hospital for Children
    51 Blossom Street
    Boston, MA 02114

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Wakefield, MA 01880
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