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Kenney, Joan

Kenney, Joan

Joan was born and raised in Mission Hill, the daughter of Theresa and Joseph Fitzpatrick.  She graduated from Mission High School and married the love of her life, Larry Kenney in 1958.  They began a family and raised seven children together in Hyde Park where Larry and his family operated Francis E. Kenney & Sons Funeral Home for 83 years.

Joan was a wonderful cook and she loved to be the hostess while throwing many wonderful parties.    She was always the life of any social gathering and loved to make everyone around her laugh.  Her favorite time of year was spending time with the Kenney and Fitzpatrick families around the holidays.  The family spent many summers in Connecticut & Hull with the Fitzpatrick clan, and at local amusement parks with the kids.

Joan and Larry became avid travelers and enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas, Nashville and San Francisco.  She was a woman of many hats (literally) and was adored by all who met her.  She cherished spending time with her children and her 11 grandchildren, who knew her fondly as “Cuckoo Nana.”  She loved to cook and prepared countless meals, especially Sunday dinners after church, for her family.  In addition to hosting family dinners, the door of the Kenney household was always open to all and the home was frequently the gathering place for friends.  Joan and Larry would not have it any other way.

Joan enjoyed a recuse on the front porch many mornings, proudly  waving to Larry driving by in a funeral procession.  Those were the cherished times for them.  Afternoons, she would sit and wave to the countless friends of the Kenney Kids whether they be walking past the house or if they drove down the bustling River Street, they would respectfully stop at the house or toot the horn to say hello to Mrs. Kenney.

Joan’s strength, humor and unending spirit will be missed by all who knew her.  Her family takes solace in knowing her undying faith in God has reunited her with her true love Larry.

Beloved wife of the late Lawrence R. Kenney and dear mother of Lawrence R Jr., and his wife Jan, of Hyde Park, Christopher J. of Hyde Park, Paula Bertolino, and her husband Carlo, of N. Attleboro, Karyn Cooney, and her husband David, of RI, Susan Solomons, and her husband John, of Saugus, Jo-Ann Dillow, and her husband Timothy, of Freemont, NH, and Maura Hickey, and her husband Robert, of Wrentham. Dear sister of Joseph J. Fitzpatrick ,and his wife Maryann, of Milford, CT, Gerard Fitzpatrick, and his wife Dina, of FL, Edwin Fitzpatrick, and his wife Donna, of Mashpee, Kevin Fitzpatrick of Franklin, Claire McMullin and her late husband Daniel, of Easton, the late Mary Jean Matthews, and her husband Paul of Walpole, and the late Paul Fitzpatrick.  Also survived by her 11 loving grandchildren.  Visiting hours Friday 4-8 pm at the Folsom Funeral Home 87 Milton St., Dedham. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home Saturday at 8:30 am and proceed to Mission Church, 1545 Tremont St, Boston for her Mass of Christian Burial at 10 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park.  In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 would be appreciated



Guestbook Entries

  1. Wendy & Walt Hicks
    August 9th, 2017 | 11:40 am

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We never had the pleasure of meeting this lady but Kay always shared such great stories. Sending our thought and prayers.

  2. August 9th, 2017 | 2:10 pm

    Larry, Jan, Liam and Ry- We were deeply saddened by the news of your Mother’s (Nana’s) passing. Our heart felt condolences to you and the entire Kenney family.

  3. Tamatha Johnson
    August 9th, 2017 | 8:47 pm

    Dear Kenney family,
    I am so heartbroken for your loss. I’m grateful that I met Mrs. Kenney earlier this summer, and got to witness her charm. I know she will be dearly missed.
    Praying for you all at this difficult time.
    The Johnson Family

  4. Janet Bakas
    August 9th, 2017 | 10:03 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful woman. I always enjoyed being at the Kenney household where everyone was always welcomed with open arms. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May you all find peace knowing your mom is with your dad. Xo Jsnet Bakas

  5. Janet O'Loughlin , Erika, Kaitlyn, Lyndseyleigh Flahive
    August 9th, 2017 | 10:17 pm

    Our thoughts are with you all during this time! Find peace in all the happy memories..your mom will always have a special place in my heart, great memories of her, her smile, her laugh and her awesome sense of humor..she will be missed, but thought of often and by very many!! God Bless you All. Janet and the Girls

  6. Lori Murphy
    August 9th, 2017 | 10:41 pm

    My heartfelt condolences to all the Kenney kids. I’m so sorry to hear of this great loss. I’m praying for all of you. Comfort and Peace, all my love.
    Lori Murphy

  7. Jacy Stankus
    August 9th, 2017 | 11:29 pm

    My Sincerest Condolences go out to the Kenney Family at such a Trying Time. I am keeping you all in my Thoughts and Prayers.

    Love, Jacy

  8. Kristin Bray
    August 10th, 2017 | 1:02 am

    So sorry for your loss .. ❤️

  9. Cheryl Murphy
    August 10th, 2017 | 5:45 am

    Larry, Jan and family,
    I’m sorry for your loss. I hope the memories of her humor and good nature will soothe the loss you must feel.
    God Bless,
    Cheryl and Chuck Murphy

  10. Rick, Vickie, Nicole and Victoria Piacentini
    August 10th, 2017 | 6:54 am

    We are so saddened by the loss of your mom, she was a great woman.

    Our condolences to your whole family

    The Piacentini’s

  11. JEANNE harnois
    August 10th, 2017 | 8:28 am

    Karyn and family. So sad for your loss. My heart is with you. J

  12. Lisa Marshall
    August 10th, 2017 | 1:26 pm

    It seems like yesterday we were kids hanging out at your house and your mom was in her kitchen, the neighborhood “mom”.
    Sorry to all of you for your loss.

  13. Gerard Wood
    August 10th, 2017 | 2:41 pm

    Dear wonderful Kenney Family,
    How sad we are for all of you at the loss of your Mom. She was a fabulous and loving friend to us. We had such great times with your Dad and your Mom over so many years. We saw each of you grow into fine adults. We love you all. Mom and Dad are now together again with God. They will always be in your hearts.
    All our love,
    Gerard and Denise Wood

  14. Chris and Delores Nemet
    August 11th, 2017 | 6:36 am

    Dear Kenney Family,
    We are sorry to hear about your loss.We always enjoyed Joanne and your Mom’s great adventures.
    Sending our condolences to you during this difficult time.
    The Nemet family

  15. Elizabeth
    August 12th, 2017 | 10:13 am

    Dear Kenney Family,

    May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help during this difficult period.

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