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MOORE, Joanne M. (Fratangelo), 91, of Abington and formerly, for many years, of Braintree, passed peacefully at home on November 22, 2021. Born and raised in Quincy, she graduated from Quincy High School in 1947, before getting her bachelorís degree from Boston University in1951. It was at B.U. where she met her late beloved husband Dace J. Moore. They were married for 63 years before his death in 2014. An exceptional student, they often joked that Dace only focused on his studies at B.U. so that he could sit next to her in the Honors section of their classes and convince her to go out with him. Married just after graduation, Joanne supported Dace through his time at B.U.ís law school by working at the school while pregnant with their first child, Dayce Philip, so that Dace could take advantage of free tuition.

A second child, Christopher, soon followed, and they raised their family first in Quincy, before moving to Braintree in 1962, and then expanding their family one more time with son Matthew. Joanne reveled in being a mother to her three sons, active as a Cub Scout Den Mother and in school activities and governance. She was an encouraging wife as Dace built a law practice and was appointed Town Counsel for the Town of Braintree. She and Dace also shared a passion for politics. Joanne campaigned tirelessly to elect Endicott Peabody Governor of Massachusetts in 1962 and was head of the Braintree chapter of the League of Women Voters during that time.

In the 1970ís she began working as a bookkeeper and manager for local medical offices and as a teacherís aide for Cohasset Public Schools. Once her youngest son graduated high school, she took on a bigger challenge as Personnel Director of Middlesex County Hospital, where she remained for over 12 years before retiring. Joanne and Dace shortly settled into retirement in Abington, but she soon became restless and took on a new challenge as a field representative and data collection specialist for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisticís Consumer Price Index. She tirelessly canvassed businesses throughout the South Shore for over seven years, doing her part for the accuracy of one of the countryís leading economic indicators, before finally retiring for good. She often attributed her energy and good physical health to her decades long devotion to the practice of yoga.

Fiercely proud of her Italian heritage, no matter what else she did, family was always first, and never far away, as her younger sister and brother also raised their families in Braintree. Later in life she was able to finally visit the Italian village of Castellino del Biferno, where her parents were born and married, an experience she always talked about. And anyone who knew Joanne, knew her cooking. A true gourmet in the kitchen, she mastered many cuisines and styles beyond her traditional Italian family recipes. Her sonsí friends always wanted to drop by because her first instinct was to feed any guest and she did not believe in small portions. Although she hardly ever measured any ingredients, her family is thankful that she did write down many of her best recipes for the generations to come.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Dace J. Moore, she is survived by her beloved son Dayce P. Moore, Esq. and his wife Maura (Sullivan) of Braintree, and their children: Dayce T. Moore and his wife Kurstin of Edgartown, and their three children, Ryder, Layla and Dayce; Daniela M. Moore and her husband Seamus Brennan of London, and their son, Charles; Ellyn C. Moore of Dorchester; and Victoria A. Moore of Braintree. She is also survived by her beloved son, Matthew T. Moore, Esq. of Los Angeles. She was predeceased by her beloved son Christopher A. Moore. She is also survived by her beloved sister and brother-in-law, Lena and Lawrence Perfetti of Braintree; her beloved brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Valerie Carnicelli, also of Braintree; and many nieces and nephews and extended family. She was predeceased by her beloved father, Giovanni Fratangelo, of Italy, and her beloved mother and stepfather, Yolande (Venditelli) and Gaetano Carnicelli of Quincy.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, December 6th, 2021 at 10:00 AM in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 44 School Street, Quincy. Burial will be private. Arrangements under the direction of Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree. To leave a sympathy message for the family, please visit

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