Joanna A. Matthews

February 1st, 2018

Joanna A. (Nee) Matthews, lovingly known as “Joannie” formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA and South Boston, MA, passed away peacefully at her Pelham, NH home on January 31, 2018, with her loving family at her side. She was 80 years old.

Joannie was born in Boston, MA on May 16, 1937; she was the cherished oldest child of the late George and Rose G. (Medico) Nee. Joannie was the beloved wife of the late Robert “Bud” Matthews. Devoted mother of Joanne (Matthews) Lanzillo and her husband Mark of Pelham, NH; George Matthews of Laconia, NH and the late Diane (Matthews) Paulsen. Loving Nana to her fifteen grandchildren; and an adoring Nana/Grandma to seventeen great-grandchildren. Sister to Rosemary (Nee) Pagel and her husband Jackie of South Boston, MA; Charles Nee and his wife Geisla of South Boston; Thomas Nee and his wife Evy of South Boston and the late Johnny Nee and his wife Jeanie. Joannie is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews. All who knew her love her and will forever keep her in our thoughts and hearts.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday, February 6th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 18 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Nichols Funeral Home on Monday, February 5th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers a memorial donation in Joannie’s name may be made to her wonderful hospice center– Londonderry Amedisys Foundation @


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Joanna A. Matthews”

  1. Sharon Nee ( neice ) says:

    Going to miss my visits with you. You were always a good aunt to all of us. Always remember the good times when we where always invited to your trailer in Connecticut and Uncle Bud would take us water sking. I will always cherish what we had. RIP Auntie.
    Luv you ?????

  2. Sharon Nee ( neice ) says:

    The ???? Marks are not taking my kisses and heart icon.

  3. Christy Tarantino Patalano says:

    Today, I would like to reflect on someone who is very special to me and my family. My memories of Joannie all began as a child camping at Wymans Beach Campground in Westford, MA. Every year my family and I would spend summers camping. Joannie was my neighbor growing up, she was a beautiful person inside and out. My sisters and I would call her Joannie, however she was really Nana in our hearts. Nana to 15 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren who where the highlight of her life. Family was everything to Joannie and she would go above and beyond for all of her children during the ups and downs in life. Not only was she a wonderful mother and grandmother, she was a wonderful wife to the late Robert Matthews (we called him Bud). Bud passed on years ago however, she would always share stories of the love that she had for him.
    Adventures with Joannie that I will always treasure are dragging her to the beach, having clambakes with lobsters and steamers. Roasting marshmallows by the campfire with a smorgasbord of spreadable wine cheese and crackers with pepperoni. Watching her and my mom play endless hands of Shakey in the screen house. BINGO on Saturday nights with all her good luck charms, she would always win! Trips to Foxwoods with the senior citizens of Wilmington, hitting the slots. Our annual girls trip up to Mount Snow, VT. Driving up to Ben and Jerry’s and Cabot’s to check out the factory. Shopping at the outlets in North Conway and have her wander off by herself to get her ears pierced in her early 70’s. Having her paged at Market Basket, Walmart or any other department store because she would have to check out every item for sale in the store and was no where to be found. These are just some of our special times together.
    Joannie you will always hold a special place in my heart. On behalf of the entire Tarantino family we love you and you will never be forgotten.

  4. John & Becky Bonardi says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family we know she was a loving and cherished family member. We know the wonderful memories of her will be in your hearts forever.??????The Bonardi’s

  5. David says:

    May the true God of the Heavens be with you and your family during your time of sorrow. Please take comfort in the words found at Psalm 34:17 &18

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