Joanne P. Perpetua

July 9, 1954 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Joanne Perpetua Obituary


Joanne Pamela Perpetua, 69, of Malden, formerly of Medford and Braintree, passed away peacefully and on her own terms on February 2, 2024, after decades of bravely battling multiple medical conditions. Joanne graduated 2nd in her class from Braintree High School and received her Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University (including a semester abroad at the University of Perugia in Italy).  She earned her Master’s of Social Work from SUNY Albany. She was a licensed Psychiatric Social Worker whose greatest gratification came from working with elders with severe mental illness and with patients who suffered from chronic pain.  Joanne was very proud of her Italian heritage, was fluent in Italian, enjoyed the trips she took to Italy, and looked forward to homemade Italian meals prepared by her mother.  She was active in her Transitions Network peer group and book club.  Joanne was fiercely independent and prided herself on her self-sufficiency. She loved the ocean and visiting the beach; it was her “happy place”. Joanne was the daughter of Louise (DiGaetano) Perpetua and the late Americo Perpetua of Braintree. She was the sister of Victor Perpetua and his wife Dianne of South Hadley, Rosemary Schoenly of Pembroke, Clare Morris and her husband Ed of Charlotte, NC, Lauren Farrell and her husband Jim of Harvard, MA, Susan Hoh and her husband Larry of Landenberg, PA, and the late Edward Perpetua.  She leaves behind 6 nieces and nephews: Joshua Schoenly, Nathan Schoenly, Bethany (Morris) Estano, Julia Morris, Katherine Morris, and Byron Perpetua. She was fortunate to be part of a large supportive group of friends, colleagues, and medical practitioners, most especially Dr. Walter Mutter, who provided her with support and care for decades. Arrangements are being handled by The Peck Funeral Home of Braintree.  For online condolences for the family, please visit  A memorial service will be held in the spring.  Remembrances can be made to honor Joanne through contributions to the Mystic Valley Elder Services (300 Commercial Street, #19, Malden Ma 02148), which have provided support and services to Joanne over many years.



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