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Joan (Panek) Virdinlia

Joan (Panek) Virdinlia

Sunday, January 19th, 2020
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Joan Virdinlia, 78, a resident of Framingham since 1969, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at Brigham and Women’s in Boston after a period of declining health. She spent her final days surrounded by her loving family and friends, including her incredible team of caring doctors and nurses.

Born in Fall River, MA, on April 16, 1941, she was the daughter of the late John Panek (born in Massachusetts) and Angela (Burda) Panek (born in Poland) both formerly of Tiverton, RI.

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island in 1963, Joan earned her Bachelor of Science degree with high distinction in a course of study in Pharmacy, becoming a Registered Pharmacist in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Before she retired in March 2005, she was employed for 32 years at the Leonard Morse Hospital pharmacy in Natick, MA.

Joan is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 55 years, Paul W. Virdinlia, of Framingham. Both before and after retirement, she and Paul lived a truly inspirational life together as they have literally traveled the world on ships, boats, planes, trains, RVs, buses, trucks, cars, and on foot. Their adventures have taken them to all 7 continents, 84 countries, and 46 states. In addition to traveling, they enjoyed spending time together golfing, going to restaurants, attending shows and events, and socializing with friends at the Callahan Senior Center. Joan also loved the warm weather and relaxing in the sun. She was an avid sports fan and really enjoyed watching the Red Sox and the Patriots on TV.

In addition to her husband, Joan leaves behind her two children: Stephen P. Virdinlia of Shrewsbury and Carol M. Armstrong and her husband Ted of Northborough; three grandchildren: Brandon Armstrong of West Roxbury, Brittany Armstrong of Dedham, and Tyler Armstrong of Framingham; one great granddaughter: Nori Armstrong of West Roxbury; one sister: Carolyn Brookman and her husband Roger of Hawaii; three nieces and one nephew; along with other members of the extended family.

Visiting hours are Sunday, January 26, 2020, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Boyle Bros. Funeral Home, 173 Union Ave., Framingham. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bridget Parish, 830 Worcester Road (Rte 9E), Framingham. Interment to follow at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Framingham. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joan's name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( For further information, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, January 26th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, January 26th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Boyle Brothers Funeral Home
    173 Union Avenue
    FRAMINGHAM, MA 01702
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    In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Joan's name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (
  • Service

    Monday, January 27th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, January 27th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Bridget's Church
    830 Worcester Road
    FRAMINGHAM, MA 01702
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  • Interment

    St. Stephen's Cemetery
    Fenwick Street
    FRAMINGHAM, MA 01701
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Private Condolence

Lisa Cogliandro, Fuller Assistant Principal

Posted at 08:47pm
Dear Carol and the entire Virdinlia family - please be assured that my own thoughts and prayers, and those of the Fuller Family, are very much with you as you grieve your loss and celebrate the very rich life that Joan lived with all of you. She is held close to God's heart, I have no doubt.

Lisa Cogliandro

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