Published in the April 22, 2016 edition

Kneath-obit-webMELROSE — Joan M. (Condon) Kneath, 93, a resident of Melrose since 1957, passed away peacefully at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on Monday, April 18.

Joan was born in Malden on Nov. 5, 1922, one of six children of the late Thomas J. and Lena (Wedge) Condon. She graduated from Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Brighton and was married in 1953 before settling in Melrose to raise her family. Joan worked as a secretary for Novel Ironworks in Malden for 20 years, retiring in 1983.

Joan was a loving family woman with simple needs in life. She enjoyed knitting, traveling with her late husband to Canada, Hawaii and Bermuda, reading and watching her favorite show, “Wheel of Fortune.” In her free time, she played the piano and spent time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Proud of her Canadian roots, Joan often fondly reminisced of childhood memories spent at the summer cottage in Nova Scotia with her parents and brothers and sisters.

In Melrose, she was a parishioner of St. Mary Church for many years.

Mrs. Kneath was beloved wife of the late Richard W. Kneath with whom she shared 36 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Joan M. Delorie and her late husband Ralph of Melrose. She was the dear sister of Robert Condon of Dover, N.H., Roderick Condon of Manchester, N.H., and the late Anne Carleton, Patricia Walton and Dorothy Amirault. She was the cherished grandmother of Dr. Ralph Delorie and his wife Cathleen of Hingham and Andrea Delorie of Marblehead. She was the proud great-grandmother of Delia, Catherine and Sean.

Funeral services are private. Gifts in memory of Joan may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation, 9 Erie Dr., Ste. 101, Natick MA 01760. For online tribute visit