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Joan A. (Lawyer) Rapisarda

October 22, 1944 ~ January 15, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Joan Rapisarda Obituary

Joan A. Rapisarda, 79, of Concord, NH, formerly a longtime resident of Salem, NH, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2024 at the Granite VNA Hospice House, Concord, NH. She passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones after a long, courageous battle with cancer. 

Joan was born on October 22, 1944 to the late Jack and Mary (Lawyer) (Vadakes) in Salem, NH. She was the youngest of four children. She remained in Salem, graduated from Woodbury High School, formed lifelong friendships and raised her two children there. 

Joan spent much of her professional career as a realtor where she enjoyed finding just the perfect home for each of her clients. She also owned a restaurant in Hampstead, NH for a short period of time. She worked endless hours, preparing and cooking meals for the patrons who walked through the doors of JR‘s restaurant.

The allurement of warmer weather took her and her husband, Warren Gary Yacubacci, west out to Arizona. After several years of sunshine and trips to Las Vegas, she returned to where her heart called home, New Hampshire.

Joan was a talented decorator. She enjoyed making a house into a beautiful, warm and inviting home. She would search out the perfect curtains, accessories, and decorations that made each house a home. 

She also was an exceptional cook. She spent many days preparing for her favorite holiday, Christmas. She lovingly made each of her family’s, favorite foods. And then, after scouring through her favorite cookbooks and cut out recipe clippings from magazines, she would add in delicious surprises each year. She really outdid herself each year. Her family will pass on to the next generations her recipes for the holiday traditions to continue.  

Her favorite season was Fall. After the heat of summer had passed, she enjoyed the air becoming crisp, the sun dipping low in the sky, and the trees turning  ablaze with all the red, gold, and orange colors.

Christmas was, by far, her favorite holiday. She created a beautiful Christmas setting by decorating her home beautifully for the holiday. She was a giver and would spend many days shopping for the perfect gifts. She enjoyed seeing the delight on the faces of her family as they opened each gift she lovingly picked out. 

Joan loved cats and dogs and cared for many throughout her years. Her favorite was her German Shepherd, Gretchen.  

Joan is predeceased by her father, Jack Lawyer, her mother, Mary Lawyer, and her sister, Claire Brandy. 

Joan is survived by her husband of 38 years, Warren Gary Yacubacci, her daughter, Karen McFadden, and her husband Eric of Atkinson, NH, her daughter, Kim Rapisarda of Londonderry, NH, grandchildren, Jessica Dickson of Thornton, NH, Kacie McFadden of Derry, NH, and Kristopher Wojtkun of Derry, NH, great granddaughter, Sophie Dickson of Thornton, NH, her brother Hebert Lawyer of Indiana, and her sister, Lois Wendell of Atkinson, New Hampshire. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to any animal shelter.

Services will be private. Arrangements are by the Goundrey Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main Street Salem, NH. To leave an online condolence, please visit Joan’s tribute page at www.goundreydewhirstfuneral.com.

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