Joan M. O’Connell

Date of Passing:

May 21, 2020

O’Connell, Joan M. (Thibert), 88, formerly of Tanglewood Drive, Barrington died peacefully on May 21, 2020 at the Hallworth House, Providence surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late Joseph F. O’Connell who passed away on February 12, 2020.

Born in Central Falls, a daughter of the late Noel and Mary (Oldham) Thibert, she lived in Barrington for 20 years previously residing in Riverside for 35 years.

Mrs. O’Connell was a secretary in the Self-Help Center at the East Bay Community Action Program, Riverside for 22 years before retiring in 1995.

Joan was a communicant of St. Brendan Church where she was a former member of the Rosary and Altar Society of the parish. She was a former Riverside Brownie and Girl Scout leader and enjoyed spending time with her loving family.

She is survived by her children, Debbie A. O’Connell of Providence, Jeffrey M. O’Connell and his wife Sheila of Providence, Karen L. Lyons and her husband Peter of Barrington and Jason M. O’Connell and his wife Elizabeth of Needham, MA; two sisters, Muriel Thompson of Riverside and Carol Gemme of Warwick; a brother, John Thibert of Florida and eight grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Joseph F. O’Connell Jr.

A private family Funeral Service will be held in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside followed by Graveside Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Joan’s memory to the East Bay Community Action Program, 100 Bullocks Point Avenue, East Providence, RI, 02915 or The Hallworth House, 66 Benefit Street, Providence, RI, 02904 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. To All Of Joan’s Family, I extend my most deepest sympathy to you at this difficult time. I have many happy memories of Joan to cherish, pleasant conversation, reminiscing and stories of my cat, and family, especially the children. She was a wonderful woman and always gave everyone a sweet smile and warm greeting when seeing us. Joan touched many of our hearts and she will be remembered fondly by us all. There will always be a special place in my heart for your mom as well as dad and I will keep them in my prayers. My Thoughts and prayers are with you all and may memories bring peace and comfort to your hearts. Love, Pattie

  2. So sorry for your loss.

  3. I was so sorry to read about Mrs. O’Connell passing. My family and I have many fond memories of her at Kendbrin. My sympathies to the family.

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