Joan M Tiernan

Joan M Tiernan, 88, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019 at home with her family at her side.

Born April 28, 1931, in Charlestown, MA, she was the daughter of the late John E. Doris and Alice Wilmot, the wife of the late Joseph C. Smith (father of her children) and the late William J. Tiernan. She worked for 40+ years at Central Hospital as a nurse. She was an excellent cook who loved to entertain family and friends for birthdays, special occasions, holidays, especially Christmas which was so special to her.

She is survived by her children Kevin Smith and his partner Karen Kelly of Somerville, Stephen Smith of Gardner, Terry Smith of Somerville, Barbara Sarno of Templeton and Joan Misler and her husband Donald of Methuen; her grandchildren Stephen Smith of New Hampshire, Jillian Sarno Teta and her husband Keoni of North Carolina, Kerri Smith Fernandez of North Reading, Marc Sarno of Templeton, Anna Smith of Somerville, Andrew Misler of Arizona, Kate Misler and her fiancé John Lightbown of Melrose and 4 great grandchildren. She is the sister of John Doris of Pocasset, Ellen O’Rourke, Kathleen Thornton, Brenda Dowd and Kevin Doris all of Charlestown, Stephen Doris of Plymouth, Dennis Doris of Saugus, the late Donald Doris, Carol Ryan, Brian Doris and Maureen Krueger and aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Her family will honor and celebrate Joan’s life at Woodlawn Cemetery with a grave side memorial service on Monday, October 28, at 11:00am, followed by a luncheon. Memorial contributions in memory of Joan may be made to your favorite charity.


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  1. Terry on October 16, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Our strong, beautiful and never fearful mother is gone, taken away by the weakness of a body to tired to fight it anymore. We weren’t ready to let you go, we take solace knowing you aren’t suffering and are resting peacefully.

    We love you and thank you for always showing us how to live life to the fullest.

    Love Terry….

  2. Brenda Dowd on October 16, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    I’ll always remember the great times that we all spent together
    whether it was all the family get togethers, the cape, or just some real gab sessions and we sure had some of them covering any and all subjects . Time to say so-long for now you’ll always be in my heart for being my oldest sister, with all the time you spoke to me about life in general and giving sound advise when I asked for it.
    Love Brenda

  3. Maryann Papandrea on October 18, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    So Sorry for your loss wonderful memories of our past. Your mom always had her door open for me!!

  4. Paul Wilkins on October 24, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Very sorry ,I had a special relationship with Auntie Joan
    Forever in my heart ❤️

  5. Joan on November 2, 2019 at 1:37 am

    You were my first love, the unconditional love between a mother and child. Your love

    has lasted a lifetime and will continue on with me. You held my hand and gave me

    the strength and courage I needed to meet life’s challenges. Every day I become a

    little bit more like you and I couldn’t be prouder.

    Love always, Joan

  6. Carol Burri on March 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Hope all is well I am very sorry for the loss your mother, she was real hard working good woman, God rest her soul.

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