Joan Ann Reidy, 86, of Lenox

Joan’s family was her world, and she loved cooking Sunday dinners and Medicine soup on Saturday nights for them, gardening, watching and feeding her birds and bunnies.

Joan Ann Reidy, 86, died Saturday, Aug. 1, at her home in Lenox.

Joan Ann Reidy

Born May 16, 1934, in Pittsfield, the daughter of Ambrose and Ida Montour Jerome, she was a lifelong resident and attended Lenox schools. Joan was employed at the CVS Pharmacy in Lenox and retired after 25 years so that she could care for her husband. Her husband, James Reidy, predeceased her in 2015 after 63 years of marriage.

Joan’s family was her world, and she loved cooking Sunday dinners and Medicine soup on Saturday nights for them, gardening, watching and feeding her birds and bunnies, her special friend Barb and Paws, her black lab Charcoal, and being lucky on scratch tickets. She was a kind and caring person who was always there, a most loving mother and “Nanny” who will always be missed.

Joan is survived by children Kathleen Coons (Randy) and Debbie O’Neill (Tim) all of Lee, Paula Ward (Mike) and James Reidy of Panama City, Florida, Brenda Reidy and Nancy Miner of Lenox, and Sharon Bond (Tim) of Vero Beach, Florida; 13 grandchildren, including Jeffrey and Kelly, Jennifer, Kevin, Mike and Steve, James and Lindsay, Kari, Meghan and Brittany and Emma, and Kylee; several great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; three sisters: Ida Mae Scaramuzzi of Lenox, Dorothy Leibenger of Pittsfield, and Barbara Thompson of Melbourne, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, Joan was predeceased by daughter Donna Marie Presswood; brothers Edward, Robert and Richard Jerome; and sisters Eleanor Hamberg, Mary Roy and Vivian Hopper.

There will be a private graveside in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Lenox. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to Berkshire Humane Society or HospiceCare in the Berkshires, both in care of the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main St., Lenox, MA 01240. To share memories and stories, visit rochefuneralhome.com.