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Janice Ciaraldi

April 20, 2020

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Janice (Greaney) Ciaraldi, of Salem NH, died on April 20, 2020 at Lawrence General Hospital after bravely fighting COVID-19.

Janice was born in Hyde Park, MA on April 16, 1938 to Gertrude (Sheehan) and John Greaney. She grew up in West Newbury, MA with her parents and siblings, John, Leonard, and Katherine. While attending Immaculate Conception High School she enjoyed playing basketball and spending time with her friends at the beach.

After graduation, Janice traveled out to California and attended Santa Rosa Junior College, where she studied Business Administration. In her lifetime, she was the proud owner of two local businesses: Dairy Dream and Caron’s Liquor Store. After retirement, Janice worked in the mailroom of UMass Lowell, where she enjoyed her daily interactions with the students and became the buildings very own “Grandma.” But her proudest accomplishment was raising two children of her own and others who she took in along the way; they each came to know her as “Mom.”

Janice spent many years taking care of her five granddaughters— going on frequent trips to Wallis Sands Beach, taking them to the local library reading club, and playing her favorite game, Yahtzee, at home. She loved spending time with her sister and brother and took trips to Ipswich and Maine to visit. Her most favorite spot of all was Disney World in Orlando, FL, where she would become a kid again. She had dreamed of seeing Ireland— to experience her heritage— and had grown to like the idea of venturing to Japan with her granddaughter; even though her health prevented her, it was always a testament to her free spirited and open-minded nature.

Living at Nevins Nursing Home for the past two years, Janice enjoyed helping others, playing bingo and Pokeno, as well as doing exercise, painting, and puzzle making. She was always found in the dining hall, sitting with her late friend and roommate Mary, and her friend, Grace, often coloring and chatting. She was a familiar face to everyone and always brought smiles to the residents’ and nurses’ faces.

Janice is survived by her son, Richard Ciaraldi, her daughter Ann Marie Ciaraldi and her beloved granddaughter Samantha Ciaraldi all from Salem NH. In addition, she is survived by family members Laurie and Fran Parise of Salem, NH; Rita and Robert Cinelli of Venice, FL; Meghann and Blake Decker and their children Jack and Lacey of Haverhill, MA; Katie and Francesco Donati of Quincy, MA. She is also survived by her beloved sister (and brother-in-law) Katherine and Paul Lampropoulos of Ipswich, MA, and brother (and sister-in-law) Leonard and Mary Greaney of Rumford, ME. In addition to her immediate family she is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her, and everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her and spending time with her.

Services will be private.  Arrangements are by the Goundrey & Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Salem, NH. Contributions in Janice’s name to your local food bank or pantry would be wonderful. Janice enjoyed contributing to helping others in any way possible. To leave an online condolence, please visit Janice’s tribute page at www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com.  

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