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Joan L. Banks

November 01, 1935 - January 03, 2023


Obituary For Joan L. Banks

Banks, Joan L. of Arlington, passed peacefully at home on January 3rd after a long illness from Alzheimers. She was 87 years old.

Beloved daughter of the late Roger and Helen Darcy; sister to the late Darcy Richards (aka Ruth Darcy); wife of the late Thomas R. Banks. Loving mother of Paula M. Delcore of Arlington and John F. Brescia and his wife Joyce of Oxford. Also survived by her granddaughters Rebecca Wood and her husband Ben; Julianna Parvani and her partner Kelly, Bailey Brescia, Jennifer McPherson and Elizabeth Brescia.

She was especially happy when visited by her great grandchildren Madi & Henry Wood and Sophia & Rex Parvani. They brought her so much joy! She was also lovingly known as Aunt Jo to her nephew Chuck Bonini.

Joan was a lifelong resident of Arlington graduating Arlington High School in 1953 and instead of leaving she went right to work at AHS until she retired 34 years later. Her favorite story was to tell how it took her 38 years to get out of high school.

Joan was a Delegate to the Democratic Conventions on numerous occasions and was very involved in local politics as well. Joan also participated as a member of the Catholic Women's Club and was very involved in her church. She was handy with a hammer and a sledgehammer knocking things down and building them back up. She was sometimes referred to by her family as "strong like bull".

She always "did the best she could with what she had" and was a firm believer that when times were tough, "this too shall pass". She will be missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral mass on Saturday January 14th at 10 am in St. Agnes Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Joan to Alzheimers Association at Please visit to view an online guestbook.


14 Jan

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM

St. Agnes Church 32 Medford St. Arlington, MA 02474 Get Directions ยป
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 01/06/2023

    My condolences to you all, especially the Brescia family in this time of loss. What a legacy Joan has left! May your memories of her be eternal, and bring you joy and peace.

  • 01/05/2023

    My Aunt always had a away about changing my mindset when I was down. She would give me another option if there were only two. She was a strong (Smaarht) {in her Boston accent} loving, thoughtful, and sometimes demanding in her ways. She is loved and missed by us all that knew her. She helped raise me from a boy...summers in Marshfield were the best memories. She always cherished family!

  • 01/05/2023

    Paula John I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a very special person and I have fond memories of her throughout the years. My wife Joan & I travelled many places with her and Tom. It was her invite to St Croix USVI that enabled me to find my home on St Croix which I had for over 20 years. I am sure she is up in heaven smiling with her family, Her mother & father, Helen & Rodger, Grandmother Florence Sullivan, sister Ruth, My mother & father, Edna & Bernard Rivers, my brothers Bernie & Bob With Deepest Sympathy Dave Rivers


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    Chuck Bonini planted 5 trees in memory of Joan L. Banks . - January 05, 2023

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