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Joan Eleanor (Steinberg) Lewis

Lewis, (Steinberg) Joan E. of Wellesley, MA, formerly of Andover, MA, on October 4, 2021. Joan was the beloved wife of the late Gerald M. Lewis. Devoted mother of Geoffrey Lewis and his wife Amy Caplan, and Rose Lewis. Proud grandmother of Samantha, Jessica, and Ming Lewis. Loving sister of Dorothy Shaker. Memorable relative to many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on October 6, 1928, Joan’s greatest loves were her friends and family, especially her three devoted granddaughters Samantha, Jessica, and Ming Lewis, whom she adored. Joan’s love of community was evident in the many organizations she was involved with, including Hadassah, the Temple Emanuel choir in Andover, and various singing and theatre groups throughout her life. An accomplished piano player, Joan filled her home with music when she played the piano, sang her favorite show tunes, and practiced for the high holiday services. Among her greatest joys was sharing the piano bench with her granddaughters. A graduate of American International College, Joan was the former owner of Colpitts Travel in Andover. That position afforded Joan and her husband Jerry the ability to pack up and travel around the world at a moment’s notice. Her excitement around and curiosity about travel were passed along to family and friends. Joan lived independently at Waterstone in Wellesley, MA. She made many friends and was active on several committees, including the welcoming committee, where she made sure newcomers felt comfortable and welcomed in their new homes.

There will be a graveside service honoring Joan’s life at the Temple Emanuel Cemetery, Mount Vernon Street, Lawrence, MA, on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 2 pm. To honor Joan’s love of dogs and the work of the international Jewish women’s group Hadassah, donations may be made to the MSPCA or Hadassah


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