Published in the October 27, 2017 edition

MELROSE — Joan M. Ward, 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Florida.

Joan was a longtime resident in Melrose where she brought up her five children.  More recently she resided in Florida for the past 35 years.

She leaves behind five children, James W.; Pamela Sheehy and her husband Brendan; Robert B. and his wife Pam; Bruce C. and his wife Paula; and David S. and his wife Diane. She also leaves 12 grandchildren, predeceased by one granddaughter, Kristin Kearins.  Also leaving 11 great grandchildren.

Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Melrose. Services will be private.