July 25, 2018
Joyce (Overlan) Olson-Minasian of Lynnfield, MA,
and Naples, FL, passed away suddenly on July 25, having just
celebrated her 75th birthday a fewdays earlier.
Joyce was born in Everett,
MA, and she graduated from Everett High School in 1961. Shortly
after, she married her high school sweetheart, Richard “Dickie”
Olson, who was tragically killed in a work-related accident in
1973. She settled in Malden, where she raised her four children,
surrounded by family and loved ones.
A single mother for most of
her child raising years, Joyce worked as a waitress at Tricca’s
restaurant with her sisters and mother. Later, she pursued a
career in banking, working at Malden Cooperative and Medford
Savings Bank in accounting and customer service. During this
time, she continued her education at Fisher College in business
studies and accounting. While working full time, she continued
to waitress nights at Mama Maria’s in the North End for many
The greatest joy in Joyce’s
life was being with family and friends, particularly over a
delicious meal or at a fun social gathering, and she instilled
that joy in her children. No one enjoyed a lobster more than
Joyce! Vacations at Newfound Lake, Summer Sunday cook-outs in
her yard, 30-plus years of Summer Sunday’s at Aunt Patsy & Uncle
Nicky’s, countless holidays at her home, quick weekend getaways
to visit family and friends at the Brick Tower Hotel and
throughout New England. Joyce always enjoyed being where people
gathered. You could count on a good laugh, a juicy bit of gossip
(though she would deny that), or a supportive ear if you sat
next to her.
She had many hobbies. In her
younger years, she planted a big garden and relished sharing the
spoils with everyone. She loved all kinds of music, but in
particular the Oldies - music of the 1950’s, Neil Diamond,
Barbra Streisand and Better Midler. On many a Sunday morning in
the late 1980’s if you were anywhere near her family home on
Wiley Street, you more than likely heard Wham’s “I’m your man”
blaring out the windows as she and her kids cleaned the house.
In the early days of AOL, Joyce managed a playlist distribution
of thousands of songs which were sought after and enjoyed by her
many online friends. In her later years, her hobbies included
any variety of online games. Her Farmville animals were in
constant need of attention and feeding, and is rumored to have
had the best “mob” in Mafia Wars that any Don could hope for.
She could also “occasionally” be found with a scratch ticket in
hand or enjoying time with her many friends at Winners
Redemption Center at her “reserved” slot machine in North
Naples, Florida, where she spent many winters.
Joyce touched many lives.
Paraphrasing the words from one of her favorite songs, “Wind
Beneath My Wings” - all who knew her flew higher than an eagle,
because she was the wind beneath their wings…
Joyce is survived by her
four children: Nancy Heffron and her husband Billy, with whom
she lived for 28 years; Richard and his husband Richard Smith;
Neil; Kenneth Minasian and his wife Jaime; 9 grand- children:
Michael and his wife Kristina, Allison and her boyfriend Emile,
Sean, Corey, Chris, Eddie, Jacky, Dylan and Samantha; five
great-grandchildren: Zachary, Faith, Logan, Jacob, and Lilly;
her beloved brother-in-law, Joseph Symonds; very dear friends
Patsy & Nick Bellofatto, and Mike & Sheila Hatch and many
friends from Knights of Columbus Council #105.
Family and friends are
invited to remember Joyce’s amazing life on Monday, July 30th,
from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Weir-MacCuish Funeral Home,
located at 144 Salem Street, Malden. Funeral Services will be
held at Weir-MacCuish on Tuesday, July 31st, at 9:00
AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart
Church, located at 297 Main Street, Malden at 10:00 AM.
Interment will be at Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden.
In lieu of flowers the
family respectfully requests you make a donation to the
Spaulding Rehabilitation Pain Management Program: