It is with great sadness that the family of Joan “Joanie” Louise Smolski announces her sudden passing on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the age of 75 years. Joan will be fondly remembered by her son Sean MacDonald, his wife Amy, their children Ronan and Ruari, her daughter Tara Clark, her husband Alex and their children Aine, Niamh, and Evan, and her daughter Lisa Bryant and her husband Dennis. She is survived by her loving sister Elaine Austin, her sons Anthony Alleruzzo, Frank Alleruzzo, his wife Melissa and their children Frank and Sofia. Joan is predeceased by her parents Avard “Tut” McGray, Louise McGray, her brother Edward McGray, his children Craig and Nicole, her brother-in-law Frank Alleruzzo and survived by Edward’s wife Nancy and his children Michelle Martin and Trista McGray.
Joan was born in Winthrop MA, on October 16, 1942. She is a graduate of Peabody High School and attended Essex Agricultural and Technical School, the University of New Hampshire and Salem State College. Joan enjoyed a long career as a hairdresser that began at Charles Ro Beauty Salon, as well as a career as an accountant for Sylvania and Autoroll Print Technologies. Joan retired from work in 1992 and moved to Clearwater FL in 1998 where she lived and enjoyed her retirement until returning to Massachusetts in 2015. Joanie had many interests and was an early adopter of the Beanie Baby phenomenon. Joan was also a passionate supporter of Chelsea Football Club and closely followed their European exploits. Cut from the mold of the legendary Earl Anthony, Joan was a dominant ten pin bowler guiding several teams to the ultimate glory of champion status. Joan enjoyed her family and friends and monitoring all goings on through many dedicated hours on Facebook. However, nothing made her happier than spending time with her grandchildren whom she absolutely adored.
A celebration of life will be held, Sunday, August 26th at the Franco-American Club, 44 Park Street, Beverly from 5:00-8:00pm.
Memorial donations can be made in Joan’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123