SOUTH HADLEY: Joan Marie (Lavoie) Brassard, 83, of South Hadley, formerly of Holyoke, passed away peacefully after a short illness surrounded by the love of her family on September 20, 2020. Joan was born on March 3, 1937, in Holyoke, MA to the late Raymond E. and Claire E. (Robert) Lavoie.
Joan received her RN from Holyoke Nursing School in 1958. Once her children entered school, she began her career as a floor nurse at Holyoke Medical Center retiring as a psychiatric charge nurse at Providence Hospital at the age of 83.
Joan is survived by her four children, Lisa Nicotera of Northampton, MA, and her son Gabriel, Peter Brassard (Dolores) of Pickens, SC, and their children Jeremy and Jessica (Jay) and great-granddaughter Jamie, Andrea Picard (Paul) of Hadley, MA, and their children Ethan and Leah, Alison L’Heureux of Florence, MA and her children Maxwell and Peter, a sister Bernice (Robert) Marcus of South Hadley, MA, a brother Gerald (Susan) Lavoie of Summerfield, Florida, and many nieces and nephews.
Joan was predeceased in death by her husband Pierre (2004) and her sister Patricia Pas (2007).
The family would like to thank Holyoke VNA and Hospice Life Care for their exceptional compassion and guidance during her end of life care.
Joan was astute with a quick wit, but she will be most remembered for her extraordinary kindness and generous spirit. All those who knew her loved her. In lieu of flowers, the family requests honoring her memory with an act of kindness. All services were privately held for family only. The Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
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