JoAnne D. (Bucci) DiJulia

December 6th, 2013

JoAnne D. (Bucci) DiJulia, age 67, of Wilmington, formerly of Medford, died peacefully at home on December 5, 2013, surrounded by her loving family after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

 JoAnne was born on July 17, 1946 in Cambridge, MA.  She was the cherished only child of Joseph V. and the late Evelyn (Sarkisian) Bucci.  JoAnne grew up in Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School.

JoAnne attended Boston College where she earned her bachelor’s degree in education.  Her first teaching position was in the Revere Public Schools, where she taught from 1968 – 1976.  JoAnne loved the children, she was committed to her students, and was just a “natural” as an educator. 

JoAnne married her husband, Joseph W. DiJulia, in 1971.  The couple moved to Wilmington in 1975, where they raised their two sons, Marc and Christopher.  JoAnne was a very dedicated wife and mother, her family was her world.   JoAnne’s love and devotion for her boys was unconditional; whether it was a sporting event or special function, she would be right there, very enthusiastic, always cheering them on.   As JoAnne’s sons grew into young men, she supported their decisions and encouraged them to be wonderful adults.  JoAnne was so proud of the adults that they became and they thought of her as the best mother they could have wished for. 

 When JoAnne became “Grandma” to Christopher’s daughters, Kaitlyn and Lily, her life took on new meaning, and she cherished every moment that was spent with her little girls; they lit up her life.

 Prior to retiring this past March, JoAnne was employed as the billing manager at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  JoAnne loved her job and was a favorite amongst her co-workers.  JoAnne’s work reached far beyond the billing department; she was actively involved in countless fund raisers and blood drives throughout the hospital especially “pints for half pints”, it was one of her favorites.  JoAnne met many families in need of assistance throughout the years; her compassion, dedications, and level of care was always a priority to her.  JoAnne was often seen  in the Hospital Chapel where she would organize Masses, run special services, or she would just be there to lend a hand, an ear, or a hug to someone in need.  Children’s Hospital became an extended family to JoAnne.

 JoAnne’s faith led her to be an integral member of St. Dorothy’s Parish.  She was not only an active communicant but she taught CCD, was a member of the Finance Committee, a large part of fundraising, a Eucharistic Minister, and most importantly a Lector every weekend.  JoAnne was a woman of great faith, strength, and courage, it was these traits along with the endless support from her family and friends that helped JoAnne fight through her illness, never giving up hope.

 In her spare time, JoAnne loved to travel, especially with family and friends.  Some of her favorite trips included New York, Italy and Alaska.  JoAnne also enjoyed exercising, she was an active member of Curves and she would often be seen walking countless miles around Wilmington greeting folks with a wave or a smile.

 JoAnne will be remembered for her warm personality and for her dedication to others.  She led her life with the utmost dignity and class; she was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed.


16 Entries in Guest Book for “JoAnne D. (Bucci) DiJulia”

  1. Lorrie Kacamburas says:

    You left us with grace and dignity, the way you lived your life. You were a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and friend. You will be missed, but I know you will be watching over us. You were a special friend that I will always be grateful for having in my life.

  2. Donna Toto says:

    To my dear friend.
    I was blest to have you in my life. You were brave and strong and so many people loved you. I enjoyed our time together and our talks. I am glad your suffering is over. You will be missed so much.
    My deepest sympathy to Joe and the boys. RIP MY DEAR FRIEND.

  3. HJ Gregory says:

    Joe: I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your lovely wife, Joanne, your best friend will be missed, but she will always be with you.

  4. Sally Radomski says:

    Stan and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers to Joe and Marc and Chris and all of the family.

  5. Bernie McNally says:

    Rest in peace beautiful lady! I had the pleasure of teaching religious education with Joanne for many years at St. Dorothy’s parish. She was a warm person, dedicated wife, mom and daughter. She will be truly missed!

  6. Maria Holland says:

    It so happens that the day you left this world is the same day I find out you were very sick. Nineteen and half years and one thousand miles away cannot take away all the memories that we have shared. You, Lorrie, Donna, Elaine Terry, Barbara and I had spent time waiting at soccer practices, soccer and football games, barbeques, the Halloween party, Fourth of July, our walks on Sundays and so much more together. Although it has been years since we last saw each other, I wanted Joe, Chris and Marc to know how much I appreciated your sense of humor and most of all our friendship at that time in our lives. I will miss you but believe that someday we will meet again. Sending my deepest sympathy and love to you all, Maria and the Holland Family from South Carolina

  7. Russell & Maryfrances Piselli says:

    Joanne defined what a mother, a wife, a daughter, a grandma and a friend means. She was the engine that powered her family and friend extraordinaire. Her wit was only surpassed by her caring nature.
    A loved ones passing leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal
    Joe, Marc, Chris, Rebecca, Kaitlyn and Lily; Maryfrances and I extend our deepest sympathy.

  8. Ming Hui Chen says:

    Dear DeJulia family.

    Joanne was wonderful to work with at Boston Children’s. She was caring, dedicated, and always kind. She always went the extra mile for those who depended on her. I am grateful to have the opportunity to have had our paths cross. My deepest sympathies and prayers to all of you.

    Ming Hui Chen

  9. Rev. Mary Robinson says:

    Joanne was a liturgist and leader of our weekday communion services at Children’s Hospital. She was reliable, gentle, kind and faithful. She modeled the faith to which we all aspire. We will miss her, and keep you, her family, in our prayers.

  10. Joni D'Annolfo says:

    Rest in peace my dear friend; I will miss you so very much. My deepest sympathies to Joe, Marc, Chris & Rebecca.

  11. Bill Smith says:

    Very sorry about your loss Joe. Life seems so short some times. I remember when you came to work for WH and how you had a great career. Take care of yourself. Bill Smith

  12. Jeremy R says:

    Chris and Mark,
    I am very sorry to here about your mothers passing. I just found about it today. Please accept our condolences to you, your family, and your loved ones. I still remember your mother from the track meets oh so many years ago.
    With deepest sympathies,
    - Jeremy R

  13. Chaplain Shannon Fanning says:

    JoAnne was remembered with gratitude and missing yesterday during our Catholic Communion service at Boston Children’s Hospital. The staff present shared stories of her dedication, service and kindess. A picture of her with a candle next to it was placed in the chapel by Fr. Bob Nee on Sunday. Please know that JoAnne and all who love her are in our thoughts and prayers.

  14. Barb Cesaro says:

    I raise my glass to you, my friend – you lived a life that should be an example to all. I am blessed to have had you in my life – no one can take those memories away. I will always keep you in my heart and when I think of you I will smile. My love and prayers are with Joe, Chris, Marc and Rebecca at this time

  15. Carol Ann Demetrio (Liberti) says:

    While looking through the obituaries in the Tewksbury Town Crier I was surprised to see a former teacher that I remembered as Miss Bucci. I was in her English class at the Abraham Lincoln School in Revere probably in the years 69/70. I think she got married while she was my teacher. I’m not sure, but the two names Bucci and DiJulia rang a bell and then I saw she taught in Revere so I knew that was her. I remember her as being a kind and patient teacher. She was a special lady for me to remember her 44 years later!! My sympathies go out to her husband and sons. I know she will be missed, but never forgotten. May she rest in Peace.

  16. Annette Baker says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Joanne in Cardiology at BCH. She was a lovely woman, always kind and upbeat, always going the extra mile for any patient. She always spoke of her family with love. She fought a courageous battle…A big loss for all of us.

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