Joan Wilson Neu

Joan Wilson Neu

July 22nd, 1931 March 2nd, 2020

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Obituary for Joan Wilson Neu

Joan Marie (Wilson) Neu

Born in 1931 in Dorchester, MA, Joan was raised in Ayer, by her parents, George and Helen (Dunne) Wilson, was a graduate of Ayer High School and Fitchburg State Teachers College. She worked towards her Master’s in Education, at UNH.

On March 2, she passed peacefully, surrounded by love and music at her home in Cambridge. Joan’s family is grateful for the care provided by the Sancta Maria and Care Dimensions Hospice Staffs.

As a teacher and principal in the Ayer, Fort Devens and Shirley School Systems, she made an immeasurable difference in the lives of her grades K-8 students, as well as the adult learners, enrolled in the ESL Program. As the Musical Director at Fort Devens, Joan’s exquisite musical choices brought joy to many weddings, comfort to the bereaved at funerals and raised the voices through hymns, at the celebration of thousands of Masses. A published author of poems and haikus, her writings were meaningful and insightful.

Joan loved to travel, both in the U.S. and abroad. She loved the beach, and after retiring, accompanied by her beloved dog, Dexter, divided her time between New England and Florida.
Independent, funny, kind and well-read, she had a laugh that was infectious and a spirit that was resilient and indomitable Her proudest accomplishment was her relationship with her two daughters, Charlene (Vernon) of Milton and Roberta (Brian) of Winthrop. She loved the time she spent with them, and they treasure the many memories. Joan’s best friend of 80 years, Alice, shared in her many adventures.

Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joan’s memory to Sancta Maria Nursing, or Dog Bones Therapy Dogs

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Edward J Tessier

Mrs. Neu was a great teacher. When others gave up on me she taught me how to read and write properly. My success in life is due to her. I spend many hours at her parents house in the study reading with her help. I am sorry for your loss. She was a great help and inspiration to me.
Comment | Posted at 03:07pm via Condolence


Ed. Thank you so much for such a meaningful post. Our Mom would have been delighted to hear the impact she had on your life. I'm glad you are well and thank you so much for your kind words.
Posted at 07:08pm

Christine Laggis Wood

Roberta and Charlene,
My thoughts are with you both during this sad time. Let the many wonderful thoughts and memories of your mother sustain you as you move forward throughout your lives. She was a beautiful, quiet, accomplished woman who was both a successful educator, and a wonderful neighbor. She will be missed.
Love, Christine Laggis Wood
Comment | Posted at 07:21am via Condolence

Charlene Neu

Christine, thank you so much for your kind words. We were fortunate to have many wonderful memories of Joan's life. Over the past month, we've heard stories of how she impacted the lives of others and it's made things a bit easier. Hoping you and your family are well. Love, Charlene and Roberta
Posted at 10:27am

Cindy Laggis Smith

Charlene and Roberta,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a sweet woman.
My condolences.
Cindy Laggis
Comment | Posted at 05:02pm via Condolence

Charlene Neu

Cindy Thank you for your note. Joan enjoyed the time she spent with your Mom, especially when they would compare notes about style and grace and sewing. Hoping you and your family are well. Best, Charlene and Roberta
Posted at 10:29am

Catherine Altobelli

Cathy Altobelli
I will miss our many talks. Mrs Nue always made sense and put order at times in my life that I saw none. I loved seeing her after her trips to Sanibel and all the shells she brought back for me. Mrs Nue, you will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 01:54pm via Condolence

Charlene Neu

Cathy--I think that there were many times my Mom went to the bank, just to see you! She loved visiting with you and would tell me about your conversations. I believe that you put order in her life too. Thank you for that. Best, Charlene and Roberta
Posted at 10:32am

Cynthia Plunkett

Our sympathies go out to Charlene and Roberta. You took such loving care of your Mom, and now she can watch over you both. We loved your Mom. Joan was part of our extended family, celebrating many a holiday together in Ayer. A loving, spiritual woman who gained the respect of her school community as a gifted administrator. She leaves us with a smile on our faces, a tear in our eyes and happy memories of a wonderful woman. Rest in peace Mrs. Neu...The Plunkett Family
Comment | Posted at 05:53pm via Condolence

Charlene Neu

Thank you, Cindy. Joan loved her adventures with your Mom and visiting your house for holidays. SHe appreciated having Happy Hour on the porch, while sampling Grasshoppers and White Zin. Joan loved her students and her teachers and she was proud to have worked with you. Best, Charlene and Roberta
Posted at 10:35am

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