An avid reader who had an eye for fashion

NAPLES, Fla. — Joan Mosher, 92, of Naples, Florida, passed away from kidney disease peacefully and surrounded by family on January 3, 2022, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.

Born on February 2, 1929 in Melrose, she was the daughter of the late William and Gladys Finneran of Wakefield.

Joan graduated from Wakefield High School in 1946, where she met her husband, Burr, and went on to raise five children before becoming an executive assistant for several banks and brokerage houses.

Over the years, Joan and her family lived in Wakefield, Hawthorne, New York, and Lynnfield. After their retirement, Joan and Burr relocated to Naples, Florida, where she enjoyed her family, friends and being poolside. She particularly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, to whom she was affectionately known as “Mia” or “Mama Mia.”

Joan was an avid reader throughout her life, not only for pleasure, but also to satisfy her continuous thirst for knowledge. She volunteered as a Junior Great Books teacher and visited local schools in Naples to read to children. Joan was known to build the libraries of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many of whom loved to listen to her read aloud. From an early age, she exhibited an interest in the world around her and enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends over the years. Joan had an eye for fashion, a passion for cooking and entertaining, and a personality that always made her the life of the party.

Joan’s husband, Burr J Mosher Jr., predeceased her, as did one of her sons, Mark Mosher. Joan’s sister Barbara Mahoney also survives her. Joan’s four children also survive her: Burr J Mosher III (Heidi); Stephanie Comfort; Lisa Buckley; and Jennifer Frassica (Peter). Eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive Joan.

Services will be private due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, donations to Reading is Fundamental can be made in her name at

The Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park St., North Reading, is handling the arrangements. For information and to leave an online condolence, go to