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RIDGE, Joan E. “Joanie” (Flaherty), of Braintree, formerly of So. Boston, passed away peacefully, after a wonderful life, on December 8, 2021 at the age of 86. Born and raised in South Boston, a strong supporter of Braintree Youth Hockey, Joan was the Founder of the Braintree Youth Hockey Women's Auxiliary. A devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Joan will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Joan was the wife of the late William Ridge, Retired Detective Boston Police Department. Loving mother of William Ridge and his wife Lisa of Scituate, Robert Ridge and his wife Maryanne of Hanover, John Ridge and his wife Kelly of Braintree, Lorraine Feeney and her husband Larry of Abington, Stephen Ridge of Scituate, Joanne Draper and her late husband David of Highlands Ranch, CO and Jeanie Barrett and her husband Pat of Abington. Devoted sister of Robert Flaherty of So. Boston, Sheila Denn and her husband Joe of Braintree and Mary McDonald and her husband Gary of VA. Sister of the late Doris Leva, Jean Lank, John Flaherty, Richard Flaherty, Patricia Flaherty and James Flaherty. Cherished “Grandma” to Bobby, Michael, Julie Anne, Caroline, Katie, Molly, Brendan, Rylee, Ronan, Jillian, Jennifer, Abby, Emily, Sophie, Conrad, Rachel, Lauren, and Dawn Marie and “Great Grandma” to Garrett, Hunter, Rosalina, Billy, Zoey and Beckham. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, December 14th at 12:00 Noon in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 850 Washington St., Braintree. Burial will follow in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements under the care of the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree. For directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, visit

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