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Joan M. (Leardo) Larsen

Joan M. (Leardo) Larsen passed away peacefully in the tender presence of her God, on Tuesday, April 14th at the Eastpointe Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea, following a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia & Parkinson’s Disease, she was 73 years old.

Joan was born in Cambridge and became a lifelong Revere resident. She attended and was an alumna of the Immaculate Conception School, Class of 1964. Joan married Robert H. Larsen on February 10th, 1968, and they remained in Revere where they began their life together and raised their 4 daughters. Joan was a dedicated wife & mother, proudly caring for her family & her home.  She worked for approximately 20 years for Dr. Leo P. Corey, D.D.S. Pediatric Dental Office as a secretary, later becoming the office manager. She went onto become a secretary at the Paul Revere School for 10 years before being forced to retire due to her progressive disease.

Joan had a gift to warm any room with her bright & beautiful smile. She proudly helped care for her mother in her later years. She often checked on friends & neighbors making sure they were “ok” and if they needed anything. As a mother, she always attended any activity or games her children were involved in. She was a devoted parishioner & Eucharist Minister at Our Lady of the Airways Chapel at Boston Logan International Airport and St. Mary’s Church in Revere. Joan loved spending time with her family; that was always most important. She was an avid bowler and belonged to several bowling leagues and was the Captain of her teams as well. She had a deep love and affection for New England Sports and would often have family gatherings watching games together. Many people knew that Joan was always a huge fan of her Wonderful Family Disney Vacations. Her warm & loving ways is how she will always be remembered, as well as being a strong woman of faith. Joan loved spending her summers with her husband at their condo in Laconia, New Hampshire where they enjoyed spending time at the pool and playing cribbage poolside. She was a talented tennis player and she played many tennis games with her fellow condo residents and won many games against her opponents, including the men who challenged her.

She is the devoted wife of Retired Massport Fire Chief Robert H. Larsen of Revere, sharing 52 years of unconditional love. Cherished & proud mother of Susan M. Lemole & husband Peter D. of Peabody, Karen A. Raso & husband Marc A. of Tewksbury, Robin A. McLaughlin & husband Revere Firefighter Peter F. of Saugus & Janis M. Marshall & husband Adam J. of Peabody. Adored grandmother of Mandi, Ryan, Daniel, Sarah, Arianna, Anthony, Emily, Richie & Emma. Dear sister of Richard G. Leardo & wife Marilyn of Walpole, her twin sister Jean M. LaQuaglia & husband Ronald J. of Revere & Anne M. Foster & husband Kenneth of Peabody. She is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews.  Funeral Services & Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett was held privately due to the current pandemic.

Funeral Services and Interment were Private

Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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  1. Craig Richard
    Apr 23 2020

    Dear Mr. Larsen, Robin and the rest of the family, I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. Mrs. Larsen was a wonderful woman and an inspirational role model for her four daughters. She will be missed but she’ll always be in the hearts of those who loved her.

  2. Tom and Andrea Comeau
    Apr 20 2020

    Bob I am so sorry to hear about Joanie’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the girls. May she rest in peace.

  3. Bob Donahue & Deb Lombardo
    Apr 20 2020

    Chief Bob & Family,

    Our sincere condolences on Joan’s passing. She was an extraordinary wife, mother & grandmother. A special lady indeed and the matriarch of one of the finest families in Revere. Joan enriched all who were blessed to have known her. An offering in her name has been made to St Jude.

    Bob Donahue & Deb Lombardo

  4. Al and Cathy Dalton
    Apr 20 2020

    Bobby and family. So sorry and sad to hear about Joanie. She was such a warm and kind person with an amazing smile. I will always remember our lunches together at her school. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Jack and Pat Kreckie
    Apr 19 2020

    Bob and family, we are so sad to hear of Joanie’s passing. My memories of her always include her brilliant smile. May you be comforted by amazing memories. RIP Joanie

    Jack and Pat Kreckie

    Apr 19 2020

    So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. I have fond memories of her at
    Paul Revere School. She created a welcoming atmosphere for new
    students at the school. Parents, also, were at ease in a situation
    that can be intimidating for some people. Our world is a lesser
    place because she is no longer with us.

  7. Kathy & Jerry Amore
    Apr 19 2020

    Bob and Family, Please accept our condolences . You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Ernest Caggiano
    Apr 18 2020

    My deepest sympathies at Joan’s passing. Be consoled that she is now at rest and your love and devotion eased her suffering and pain. Be assured of my thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.
    Ernest Caggiano

  9. Doris Romano
    Apr 17 2020

    Bob and Leardo family
    So sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy to the
    Entire family

  10. John & Nora Marshall
    Apr 16 2020

    Bob, Janis and family
    We send hugs and prayers to all.
    No words can help with the pain of such a great loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts in this difficult time.

  11. Annie O'Donnell
    Apr 16 2020

    So very sorry to hear about Joanie. Her smile, warmth, sense of humor, intelligence, and professionalism brightened our day and made everything so much easier at the Paul Revere.
    Loved hearing her talk about her high school sweetheart, her girls, and grands; she had so much love for her family.

    Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers~

    Godspeed, my friend, and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

  12. Danielle Stanchfield
    Apr 16 2020

    Robin, Mandi and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, especially in such a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope you can find some comfort and peace, I know she will be greatly missed.

  13. Deborah Lang
    Apr 16 2020

    Bob, Susan, Karen, Robin, Janis, and all your families:
    Your are family to me, and Joanie was a big part of that – hosting us week after week, taking part in our life events, and raising a wonderful family. My heart is with you all.
    Love, Deb

  14. Kathi Reinstein
    Apr 15 2020

    Dear Robin, Peter and your entire family:
    I very sorry for your loss. May you find strength and comfort in the many happy memories you shared with her.
    Kathi Reinstein

  15. Tom and Emily Dering
    Apr 15 2020

    Bobby, Susan, Karen, Robin and Janis, i wanted to let you know how incredibly sad I am for all of you that your mom passed. Joanie was an incredible person that i have so many wonderful childhood memories of. You were all so lucky to have her. It’s been such a long road for all of you and I’ve rarely seen family so devoted and caring for a loved one with such a devastating disease. My heart hurts for all of you and I can’t imagine your pain even though she’s at peace. Tom and I are thinking of you. When things get back to “normal” please let us know if you have a mass or celebration of her life. Love to you all ❤️Emily

  16. Michele Farley & Family
    Apr 15 2020

    Thinking of all of you and sending my deepest condolences. For many many years I called that incredible woman “Ma”. She always had a smile and hug waiting. I wish I could be with all of you to help in even the smallest of ways. She will forever be in my heart and prayers. Love you all… Michele

  17. Kathleen Ferraro
    Apr 15 2020


    Sending you deep and sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. I lost my father a year ago, so I know what you are going through.

    I have made a donation in her name to St. Jude’s. Stay strong.
    Kathy Ferraro

  18. David McSweeney and Family
    Apr 15 2020

    Dick and family Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your in my prayers

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