, Salem, MA

November 20, 2013

Joan Pelchat Jennings, 82

Salem — Joan Pelchat Jennings, 82, wife of the late John J. Jennings, Esquire of Salem, died on Saturday evening, November 16, 2013, at the North Shore Medical Center, surrounded by family. Born December 4, 1930, to the late Arthur J. and Genevieve (Cecelski) Pelchat, Joan was a graduate of Salem High School, where she met her beloved husband, John. The couple made their home in Salem, Mass., where they raised four children.

Joan was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, a real estate agent, a talented craftswoman, an ardent sports fan, and a dedicated volunteer. She worked at the telephone company prior to raising her family, and began a second career as a real estate agent in her 50s, a profession she continued for over 20 years.Throughout her life, Joan engaged in creative endeavors: painting, sewing, knitting and decoupage. She followed all sports that her husband, children, and grandchildren participated in by following Salem, Harvard and Boston College football, Salem and Danvers soccer, lacrosse and field hockey, and St. John Prep, Colby College and Bridgeton Academy Lacrosse. She believed in giving back and was a dedicated volunteer at both Salem Hospital and the Little Sisters of the Assumption. She brought love and compassion to all she did and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by five children, Kathleen Jennings Sweeney and her husband, John Sweeney Jr of Danvers, Nancy Jennings Pelletier and her husband, Philip Pelletier of Salem, John James Jennings III and his wife, Ellen McDonald Jennings of Danvers, Jeremiah J. Jennings and his wife, Deborah Jennings (Beote) of Salem, and Thomas J. Lambert and his wife, Donna (Charrette) Lambert of Salem; 14 grandchildren, Emily Koriku, P. Michael Pelletier, Joanna Sweeney Gray, Ashley Lambert, Bridget Sweeney, Jacqueline Jennings, T.J. Lambert, Jeremiah Jennings, John Jennings IV, Anna Maye Pelletier, Sarah Lambert, Katherine Jennings, Julia Jennings, and William Jennings; three great-grandchildren, Leona Koriku, Reagan Pelletier and Jean Paul Koriku; a sister-in-law, Kathleen Combe; and many nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held on Friday, November 22, at 10 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Church, 15 Hawthorne Boulevard. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal Street, corner of North Street, Salem. For her guest book, or additional information, please call 978-744-0497, or visit