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Joan M. Desmarais

12/28/1933 - 09/26/2023


Obituary For Joan M. Desmarais

Joan M. Desmarais, 89, passed away on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at Silver Creek Manor, Bristol where she was being visited and comforted by family and friends. She was the beloved wife of the late Gilbert A. Desmarais.

Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Dorothy (Charlton) Bolduc. She married her longtime friend and love Gilbert Desmarais in June 1954 who preceded her death in 2008.

Joan worked for many years for the Pelin Chain Company before retiring in 1991. Her memberships included the International Catholic Deaf Association; the RI Deaf Senior Citizen; RI Deaf Club and the Bristol Senior Citizens. She was an avid bowler and thoroughly enjoyed her time at Dudek Bowling Lanes. She loved to cross stitch, gardening, making cookies with her husband, traveling, and cats.

Joan is survived by her daughter Dorothy Desmarais of East Greenwich, RI and son Robert Desmarais of Indiana, PA and She was the grandmother of eight, great grandmother of twenty-one and great great-grandmother of ten.

Services are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, RI, where family will receive friends Sunday, October 1, 2023, from 3-5 PM. Funeral will be Monday, October 2, 2023, 9 AM at the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Dominic’s Church, 1277 GAR Hwy., Swansea, MA. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bristol. Visit for virtual condolences.


1 Oct


03:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Smith Funeral & Memorial Services 8 Schoolhouse Road Warren, RI 02885 Get Directions »
2 Oct

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM

St. Dominic Parish 1277 GAR Hwy Swansea, MA 02777 Get Directions »
2 Oct


11:15 AM

St. Mary's Cemetery Chestnut Street Bristol, RI 02809 Get Directions »
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  • 10/01/2023

    I took care of Joan she held a special place in my heart for her she will never be forgotten I had found out about her passing I had been home dealing with Covid I was so sad to hear her passing and me not there for her rest in peace Joan I love you you will never be forgotten sheila amaral (cna) silver creek manor

  • 09/28/2023

    You will be missed Auntie Joan and I Know that you're holding pinkies with Uncle Gilbert!!! May You Rest In Peace and Dance Away With Your Love, Uncle Gilbert. Give My Mom and Dad a Hug for Me!!! 🙏❤️🤟🏻

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