Joan Marie Bennett

Joan M. Bennett died peacefully on November 29, 2022 after a prolonged period of decline.

Joan was born and raised in Cambridge, MA, the daughter of the late Olive and John Lynch. Joan was no stranger to adversity, losing her mother when she was six years old, facing a myriad of health problems and losing her first-born child. These challenges in the first half of her life fostered grit and a sense of determination in her, but also gave her a deep sense of compassion. Her tenacity when facing life's challenges and treating people with kindness was an incredible example to her family. She was a gifted gabber, always interested in the lives of those who were fortunate enough to enter her orbit. She held strong opinions on the right way to live life, fold a sheet, bake a pie and she wasn't shy about expressing these opinions.

Family was at the center of Joan's world. The loss of her mother at such a young age gave her a strong desire to create her own family. She married her husband of 36 years, the late George Bennett and moved to Burlington where they had three children, Stephen of High Point, NC, Stacey of Boxborough, MA and Lisa of Burlington. She was a steadfast presence in her children's lives, driving carpool, serving as a den mother and cookie mother for her children's scouting adventures, hosting get-togethers for extended family and working part-time to send her children to parochial school. Later, Joan was blessed with and doted on five grandchildren.

Joan enjoyed spending time with her close group of girlfriends. They enriched her life with conversation, good food and outings to restaurants and the theater. She also had a strong faith and was an active member of St. Margaret's Church for the duration of her life in Burlington.

She will be deeply missed by those who knew her.

Joan was the beloved wife of the late George E. Bennett.  She was the loving mother of Stephen of High Point, NC, Stacey O’Connell & her husband William of Boxborough and Lisa Bennett & her partner Matthew Manney of Burlington.  Joan is also survived by 5 beloved grandchildren.  Visiting hours will be held at the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., Burlington on Sunday December 4 from 2-5 p.m.  Funeral from the Funeral Home on Monday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Margaret Church, in St. Veronica Parish, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m.  Burial to follow in Pine Haven Cemetery, Burlington.  For directions, obituary, online guestbook & memorial video see