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“Our deepest and sincere condolences in the loss of your mother.Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Salerno ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Helen Salerno - Salem, MA

“We remember Joan and Richard as special caring people and have many happy memories of working and socializing with them. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: David and Mary Wood - Beverly, MA

“Dear Debbie and Ricky,Our deepest sympathy to both of you and your families in the passing of your dear Mother. Despite being saddened when we read...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Ruth Prentiss - Danvers, MA

“My fondest memory of Mrs. Boisvert was when she had her antique shop. It was a few days before my wedding and she gave me this beautiful beaded,...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Beth Jodoin-Sieminski - Salem, MA

“Rick and Deb, our families shared wonderful memories and fun times!!!! Sending warm thoughts, prayers and love!! My deepest condolences!! RIP,...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Annette Kisover - Salem, MA

“Deb and Rick, So sorry for the loss of your mother. I am so happy I was able to share a little part of her life. She was one of the sweetest ladies I...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Goodwin - Salem, MA - Friend

“Rick-May mom find your dad and live again in peace, harmony and love once again. Think of you often and am just a call away. Please find peace in...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Lauren Brown - Newburyport, MA

“Deepest sympathy and Condolences on the loss of your beautiful Mom. Take comfort knowing she is resting in peace in heaven ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Thomas Monaco Monaco - NC

“Deb and Rick, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear mother. May she rest in peace by your dad's side. You are in my thoughts and prayers....Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Thomas Reddy - Salem, MA - Friend

“I love you mom. You will forever be in my memories. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Rick Boisvert - Salem, MA - Son

SALEM- Mrs. Joan F. (Murphy) Boisvert, 82, of Salem, beloved wife of the late Richard E. Boisvert, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

Born and raised in Salem, Joan was known to many as an entrepreneur, for her generous volunteerism, and for her passion for antiques. As a young mother, Joan was active in the church, serving as Sacristan of St. Thomas Church and President of the St. Thomas Women's Guild. She was a Cub Scouts den mother, and an avid supporter of Salem girls' athletics. She provided many hours of volunteer childcare for single working parents in Salem.

As her own children grew, Joan, a talented and adventurous cook, opened a catering business, producing lavish gourmet dinner parties for North Shore celebrities, politicians, and sports figures. Along with her son, Richard, she became co-owner of Rinaldo's, a popular Italian eatery in Marblehead.

Joan's passion for antiques landed her as co-owner, and eventually owner, of the popular Canal Street Antique Flea Market in Salem. As the physical rigor of that business took its toll, Joan became an early adopter of e-commerce technology, and ran a successful online antiques business for 15 years.

Avid travelers, Joan and Richard made memories in Europe, the Holy Land, the Caribbean, the Hawaiian Islands, and South America. They were well known for their love of cruises, and organized a number of high-spirited group cruises with Salem teachers and their families.

Joan is survived by her son Richard Boisvert, Jr., of Salem, her daughter, Deborah Weiss of Laguna Woods, CA, and her grandsons, Anthony and Dominic Boisvert.

ARRANGEMENTS: At her request funeral services will be private. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem. To share a memory or offer a condolence please, visit