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Joyce M. Ghidotti, 91

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Joyce M. (Sweeney) Ghidotti passed from this life at her home early Thursday morning, June 6th in the presence of her family. Joyce was 91 years old, having been born in Adams, Massachusetts on January 4, 1933. She moved to North Adams in May 1953 when she married her late husband John L. Ghidotti who died in April 2022. She is the last of her siblings to pass as she is predeceased by her sisters Barbara and Shirley, and brothers John (Jack) and Clarence (Buddy).

A vast portion of her summers as a child were spent at Aunty Helen’s house in Albany, NY. There she played with her cousins Barb, Pat, and Jackie, who she considered her sisters. She loved her childhood summers and throughout her life spoke fondly of the memories of going to the beach or the park.

After high school, Joyce began her adult life working at Sprague Electric Company where she met her husband. Her life revolved around her family. Joyce and John were married 69 years and gave birth to six children that commenced a wonderful legacy. She spent the early years of their marriage as a mother and homemaker that naturally resulted in a hectic life. She was able to balance her responsibilities as a mother of four boys and two girls who each were extremely active. She maintained a loving and highly functional home. Her exuding warmth was ubiquitous and always a welcome to her children's many friends. There was typically a counter covered with delicious baked goods as she was quite accomplished as a baker. She was notorious for birthday cakes individually crafted for the given grandchild. Each cake was made to perfection and primarily filled with love to meet the grandchild’s wish. Grandma used her remarkable talent to create a birthday cake to the precisely desired flavor and design. Her creations of Barney, Sponge Bob Square Pants, a particular superhero, or whatever desired character came to life and melted in mouths. Additionally, Joyce was an excellent cook. Italian food was one of her staples. Thursday Pasta Night at the Ghidotti Household was special and vastly filled with laughter and gentle or not-so-gentle sibling jabs. Each week the homestead was bountiful with a mountain of pasta and a large and ravenous crowd pushing the boundary of the table, but most importantly abounding with love.

Joyce still found time to do more for her family. She was an active member of the Drury Mom's Club while her children were involved with sports at high school. She was active in her church and was a member of the then St Anthony of Padua women volunteer group. Once her children were grown Joyce capitalized on her cooking skills. She reentered the workforce as a cafeteria manager at Greylock School and moonlighted as she baked pies for the Captain’s Table.

Her most notable accomplishment was being a matriarch. It was all about family for Joyce. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren immensely that was evidenced by the myriads of family pictures and photos on the walls throughout her house. She loved every one of them with her whole heart making them feel special and conversely every one of them loved her. She always sported a beautiful smile and offered a welcoming demeanor filled with unlimited kindness and a warm spirit. Her welcoming disposition will be sorely missed and unfortunately replaced with an empty space in the heart of anyone who was fortunate to have known her.

Joyce leaves behind her six children and their partners including Craig and Gail (O’Grady) of Painesville, OH, Marc and Sheryl (Durant) of Douglas, MA, Lauren and Kenna (Utt) of Lewes, DE, as well as Gary and Audrey (Dumas), Gail and Michael Cozzaglio, and David and Carrie (Coury) all residing in North Adams. She additionally leaves 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A Liturgy of Christian Burial for Joyce Ghidotti will be celebrated Wednesday June 12, 2024 at 11:00 AM at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. A calling hour at the church will be Wednesday morning from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare in the Berkshires or the Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit

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My heart and prayers go out to the Ghidotti family, so sorry for your loss.
With Sympathy
Dave Emery
from: David Emeryon: 06-17-2024

My heart and prayers go out to the Ghidotti family, so sorry for your loss.
With Sympathy
Dave Emery
from: David Emeryon: 06-17-2024

To the Ghidotti Family - So sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Remembering her and you in my prayers.
from: Mary Ellen Eliasenon: 06-14-2024

My deepest condolences and sympathy to the family. May she rest in peace. Prayers, Dennis and Emily Mangano.
from: Dennis F Manganoon: 06-14-2024

Please except our condolences at such a difficult time. The testament that was written about your mother showed how much she loved her family and how much you all loved her. I hope you all find comfort in all the pictures around the house that show love, laughter and special times. Blessings for all you comfort and peace..
from: Pam Sisto & Jim Sistoon: 06-14-2024

Gary, Dave & Family: I'm sorry for your loss.
from: Bob Wallaceon: 06-13-2024

To the Ghidotti family, so sorry for your loss. May she rest in peace.
from: Ellen & Craig Millardon: 06-12-2024

Gary, Audrey and the Ghidotti Family,
We hope you find comfort in our sincere condolences. Your mother will be missed by everyone who knew her. Our thoughts are with you.

from: Bonnie and Salon: 06-11-2024

Growing up so close to your family was always a bright spot in my childhood. Going to your house after school and having your mom catch us up on the soap operas while she ironed. Going there on data when they were making homemade pasta, though I was never invited to stay. Haha Your mom was there when mine passed away senior year and made sure she came over to give me a hug and congratulations on graduation. I will always hold you all in my thoughts and prayers
My sincerest sympathies
Melissa Malinowski-Ouellette
from: on: 06-11-2024

So sorry for your loss, your mom was a great lady. I am so glad she gave me her recipe for her nutty chocolate pie when the captains table closed! I still make it for the holidays, thanks, Mrs. G.
from: Dan Dougherty on: 06-11-2024

My condolences to you all on the loss of your mom. I remember her from years ago. She was always a kind lady with a beautiful smile. May she rest in peace.
from: Erica (Dami) Pecoron: 06-11-2024

My deepest sympathy to the entire Ghidotti family. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
from: Mireille Royon: 06-11-2024

Gail, Mike, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
from: Kathy Gwozdzon: 06-11-2024

Sincere condolences to the Ghidotti family at the loss of your Mom thinking of you with thoughts and prayers.
Gail and Jack Hebert
from: Gail and Jack Heberton: 06-11-2024

To the entire Ghidotti family remember Joyce as "Quite a lady"". The family that she left behind, and her many friends, speaks to her legacy. RIP
from: Dick & Linda Syriacon: 06-11-2024

David, So sorry for the loss of your mom.
from: Pat Maselli Reardonon: 06-10-2024

To the family of this amazing woman, mother and friend… this is by far the most beautifully written declaration of a life well lived, a mother and grandmother‘s love, achievements that meant so much to her family And the blessings that she shared with them, and all who had the privilege of knowing her.. Her family reflected everything life should be and may all these memories of every single weekday meal, What? daily life, and special moments live in your hearts and comfort you in the difficult days ahead without her.. It was my pleasure to know her and Cap Who together reflected their love For family and their friendships…
from: Cheryl Lefaveon: 06-10-2024

To the entire Ghidotti family,
We send our sincere sympathy to all who have known shared Joyce’s love. She was one of the best! Rejoice in remembering the space she owns in your heart will alway be full of beautiful memories.
from: Susan and Peter Unison: 06-10-2024

Gary and the entire family. I am so sorry if your mom's passing. May she rest in peace. Prayers for you all.
from: Diane Englandon: 06-10-2024

Dave, Carrie and family, We are deeply saddened by this news. Sounds like your Mom was so loved and lived a remarkable life. We are sending you are deepest condolences and wishing you all comfort. Much love, Irma, Carolyn Maureen and Juliette Beurskens
from: Carolyn Beurskenson: 06-10-2024

Dave, sorry for your loss. Brought back some of the great memories of her when we were kids. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.
from: Brian Howardon: 06-10-2024

so sorry for your loss. .prayers for a life well lived
from: MaryEllen Morrisseyon: 06-10-2024

Marc, and family, my sympathies and condolences on the passing of your mom. May God give you all the graces you need during this time. My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.
from: TERRY SAUNDERS-BOUCHERon: 06-10-2024

So very sorry for your loss David
from: Barbara Littleon: 06-10-2024

Gail, David and family, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom, she was so nice and and such a sweet person. I can still see her smile like it was yesterday, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
from: Susan greenon: 06-10-2024

Sympathey to the family. A sweet person
from: Nancy Waltermireon: 06-09-2024

My deepest condolences to the family. Aunt Joyce was a remarkable woman, I will remember the times at her house and parties we attended together. Her infectious smile, warm heart will be a fond memory for me.
May you find comfort in the fact she has entered the pearly gates with many family and friends welcoming her.
I have this image of all the lady's gathering around to playing aggravation .
She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed
from: Susan Ambesion: 06-09-2024

David..So very sorry for your loss.
Jean from TLC
from: Jean Marchioon: 06-09-2024

I deeply saddened by the passing of your mother. She was a good lady and I enjoyed running all over her backyard when we were kids and having fun she’ll be sadly missed all my best to all the kids.?????????
from: Nanette schmidton: 06-09-2024

My deepest condolences on the loss of your mom! May your happy memories bring you smiles in the coming days.
from: Maureen Taft Mooreon: 06-09-2024

So very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. I remember hearing you speak so lovingly about her.
Her sense of family is such a beautiful way for you all to remember her. Her love will stay with you always ?
from: Sandy Taloraon: 06-09-2024

Gary, Craig, Gail, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your mother but she certainly sounds like a very special person.
from: Pam (Richards) Kidderon: 06-08-2024

What a beautiful tribute to such an amazing woman!
from: Jean Ziteron: 06-08-2024

Gary, I am very sorry to read of your mother’s passing. May she rest in peace with your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.
from: Heather Lemoineon: 06-08-2024

Gary and Family,
So sorry to hear of your Moms passing. May your memories help you through this difficult time.
from: Willie Gajdaon: 06-08-2024

I’m so sorry for your loss ? sending condolences to you and all your family. May your memories give you comfort during this difficult time
from: Joni Dunnon: 06-08-2024

David, Gary, and Family,
Sorry about the passing of your mother.
Francis Mastroianni
from: Francis J Mastroiannion: 06-08-2024