Born in Quincy, MA 6/19/1933 to the late Antonio DiTocco (deceased) and Mary (Chella) DiTocco (deceased) of Quincy, MA
Wife of the late John G. McNally of Randolph, MA and the late Henry J. Flaherty of Randolph, MA
Mother of Matthew McNally and wife Laurel (Timms) McNally of Napa, CA; Brian McNally and wife Cynthia (Guerreri) McNally of Nokesville, VA; Michelle (McNally) Mulloy and husband J. Robert Mulloy of Braintree, MA and Susan (McNally) McGlinchey and husband Christopher McGlinchey of Norwell, MA Step-mother of Scott Flaherty (deceased) of Carmel, NY; Anne (Flaherty) Mara of Randolph, MA and John Flaherty of Cohasset, MA. Grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of 1.
Sister of Anthony DiTocco, Jr. of FL; Betty Tempesta of Weymouth and, Judith Bellissimo of Weston and the late Robert DiTocco, Virginia Giachetti, William DiTocco, Lillian Cantrell, W. John DiTocco, Elanor Bylaska, Pearl Hickey. She was also the beloved aunt of many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
Joan was born in Quincy, MA where she lived and attended school. She was a 1952 graduate of Quincy High School. She later worked at the Quincy Shipyard as a bookkeeper where she met Mr. John (Jack) McNally and married in 1961. She left the workforce to raise her family of four children. In 1972 Joan was suddenly widowed after a tragic auto accident.
With great effort and love she managed to raise her four children as a single parent until she met and married Mr. Henry J. Flaherty in 1976. They remained happily married for 35 years until Mr. Flaherty’s passing in 2011.
Joan (McNally) Flaherty returned to the workforce as an an industrial commissary cook/caterer for Belco catering and later was employed by Blue Cross/Blue Shield as a hospital claims customer service representative until her retirement.
Joan and Henry Flaherty were long active members in the Randolph community. They established a successful scholarship fund for student athletes of Randolph High School with a weekly Bingo program especially popular with the elderly community of that town, initiated the Panera Bread Donation program to benefit St. Bernadette’s Church with whom they were lifelong members, spearheaded the Randolph Memorial Wall, the “Spirit of Randolph” fundraiser 1986 that received acclaim throughout the town, and several other fundraising activities to help the community. Most recently, Joan was a member and one-time president of the Randolph Women’s Club.
Joan was known for her love of good food (mostly Italian) that she would gratefully share with friends, neighbors and family. She was an outstanding cook by all local accounts and would show off her skills by hosting dinner parties and fun-filled back-yard barbeques in the neighborhood. She enjoyed nothing more than gathering friends and family and sharing a meal together. A practice that began early in the loving and busy Italian household of her youth.
Joan was a warm-hearted, kind and caring woman with a generous spirit and was popular with all those fortunate enough to make her acquaintance.
She will be missed.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Wednesday, December 14th, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in the Cartwright Funeral Home, 419 No. Main St. (RT 28), Randolph. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 15th, at 10:30 AM in St. Bernadette Church, 1031 No. Main St., Randolph. The burial will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Gift cards for the Needy” at St. Bernadette’s Church. For directions or to leave a sympathy message for the family, visitwww.cartwrightfuneral.com.
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