Joan Veronica Theresa (O’Malley) Botsch

February 11, 1940 - July 13, 2019
Joan Veronica Theresa (O’Malley) Botsch

Joan Veronica Theresa (O’Malley) Botsch, widow of the late Edward James Botsch, suffered from dementia and was receiving skilled nursing care. She passed away Saturday evening, July 13, 2019 at the age of 79 at the Davis Health Care home in Wilmington, North Carolina, close to her last residence. Joan previously resided in Massachusetts in Chestnut Hill (Newton,) Foxborough, and her home of over 60 years in Jamaica Plain (Boston.)

Born in Boston on February 11, 1940, she was the beloved daughter of the late Mary (Joyce) and the late Martin O’Malley, each of whom moved to Massachusetts from the Connemara region of County Galway, Ireland in the 1920s. At Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Jamaica Plain in 1960 Joan married Edward “Butch” Botsch (1937-2011,) son of the late Walter H. and late Sarah (James) Botsch.

Joan is survived by her children Deborah Botsch Stevens (wife of Thomas,) of Wilmington, NC and formerly of Watertown, MA, Mark Edward Botsch of Dedham (husband of Susan Langlands,) Karen Joann Scofield of Holden (wife of Alan) and of Dawn Marie Mason of Middleboro(wife of Robert, Jr.) Joan’s only surviving sibling is her sister Ann Theresa DeVito (widow of Ralph) of Watertown. Joan’s sisters and brothers who predeceased her were Mary Christina “Tina” Zepf (widow of Edward,) John J. O’Malley (husband of Margaret Hingston O’Malley of West Roxbury,) William Martin O’Malley (husband of Pauline Wortman O’Malley of Weymouth,) and Ruth V. Tangney (wife of Michael Tangney of Holbrook.) She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Matthew Botsch, Deirdre “DeeDee” Botsch, Andrew Scofield and Benjamin Scofield. Joan was sister-in-law of Walter W. Botsch (husband of Diane “Penny” Kavolows) of Meridian. Idaho, Geraldine “Geri” Bassette Botsch (widow of Donald H. Botsch) of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and of the late Mary T. (Botsch) Klein (wife of the late William S. Klein.)

She had volunteered at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, and retired from Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston after many years as an accountant. Joan enjoyed many trips and had regularly summered in Wareham as well as Marshfield, Massachusetts with family and friends who are too numerous to name.

Family and friends are welcome to come to the Nardone Funeral Home 373 Main St. Watertown on Sunday August 18, 2019 from 2-5 PM. All may gather on Monday August 19th 2019 in St. Patrick’s Parish, 212 Main Street Watertown for a 9 AM memorial Mass. Burial to follow in the Gardens at Gethsemane Cemetery in West Roxbury.

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  • July 15, 2019
    Donna Zepf Miorandi says:
    To the family of Joan Botsch-I am saddened at the loss of your mom/nana. She had many happy times with all the family. I remember many summers in Wareham. and sitting nights with her with Nana & Grandpa O'Malley reminiscing and just talking. She will be deeply missed by all. . God bless and she is resting in peace for sure.

  • July 16, 2019
    Joe Zepf says:
    Hey Guys So sorry to hear the passing of you Mom. We all loved her.

  • July 16, 2019
    Michael Aube says:
    Please allow me to express my sincere condolences on the passing your your mother Joan. The Botsch family was a part of my early years, and I knew everyone well. Your mom is on a much better place, and will continue to smile down on you with love and admiration. Rest in Peace Joan...