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FRAMINGHAM – Joan M. McElaney of Framingham, formerly of Quincy, departed peacefully to eternal rest on Monday, November 16, 2020, after a lifetime devoted to providing counseling, comfort, and care to families, children, and adults in both her professional and personal life.

The beloved daughter of the late Edward and Anna (Daley) McElaney. Sister of the late Edward McElaney, Jr and the late Donald McElaney. Dear cousin of Maureen Morrissey of Marlboro. Joan is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

After graduating from Emmanuelle College in Boston, Joan earned a Masters in Social Work degree from St. Louis University.

Upon earning her degree, she embarked on a mission to put her considerable talent, training, and skills (along with her unrelenting work ethic) to helping anyone in need. Whether it was shepherding individuals through the juvenile criminal justice system, ensuring the well being of children in foster care, providing therapy to individuals in crisis, or instructing students at Medical and Social Work schools, Joan spent her life as tireless advocate for those needing care and compassion.

Joan was also exceedingly generous to her large circle of family and friends. Always eager to share her time, advice, support, and stories of her extensive travels which blended her compassionate spirit and Irish wit.

To honor Joan’s life and service, her family requests that you say an extra prayer, contribute to a charity of importance to you, or take an action to help someone in need.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, Nov. 21 from  8:30 to 9;30 a.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock Street in Quincy.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 a.m..

Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joan may be made to The National Alliance of the Mentally Ill. 

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.