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John Wooding

Joan Parker

December 13, 1947 - January 21, 2021

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Joan Parker. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. Click on the heart to let us know you were here and to receive email updates. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

JOAN NANCY PARKER 1947 - 2021 Joan Nancy Parker, Age 73 of Medford, MA died of cancer on Jan. 21, 2021. Daughter of Alice and Bill Schaefer, she is survived by her husband John Wooding, her dear twin sister Judy Deichler, her brother JD Schaefer, her nieces Jacquelyn and Joelle Pannullo, her nephews Justin and Jeff Pannullo, and her dogs Opie and Jack. She planted dozens of beautiful gardens and spread the love of plants among many...  see more
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  • dave holt
  • Aline Kuntz
    Every morning when I reach in the cabinet for a coffee mug, I see a beautiful vase Joan bought me years ago. It was one of those gifts she pretended she just “happened upon”, given for no particular occasion. I knew she had gone out of her way to...  more
  • Carole Samworth
  • Joelle Pannullo
  • Suzanne Mager
    I have loved reading the passages about Joan in Trapped Under the Sea. The author does a great job of capturing so many aspects of our beloved Joan's spirit and character.
    In addition to the loving, brilliant, insightful and fun person Joan was, I want...  more
  • Julie Hambrook Berkman
    Joan was a great teacher who I enjoyed working with in the Winthrop Street community garden. Just 5 years since we met in 2016 but in that short time, we covered a lot of ground. Joan was a generous person and gave on so many levels filling me with many...  more
  • Martin Levin
    It was a great privilege to get to know and work with Joan through her work with the Commonwealth. What made Joan so special, and so effective, in her work on behalf of workers’ health and workplace justice was that the people who needed her most...  more
  • Marlys  Edwards
    Joan and I met some time in 2014. I’m not sure of the exact time or the event simply because I cannot remember a time when we haven’t been the best of friends. We LOVED plants and gardens and so she and I, with another Master Gardener, would travel...  more
  • Karen Manning
    I was looking forward to meeting my Master Gardener mentor in 2018. A fellow Medford-ite, I thought it would be a nice connection but figured she would be a frumpy old timer (sorry, MGs, I was naive!). Then I see this beautiful and stylish lady waving at...  more
  • ruth elvin
    We will miss Joan in our lives and landscapes.

    Notes from a trip to Australia a few years ago (see photos):

    She took pictures of a lot of trees, and a lot of pictures of trees, and when there weren’t trees, she took pictures of everything else. ...  more
  • ruth elvin
    ruth elvin added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Joan Parker:
  • Michael Slone
    To John and all the people (and pups) Joan Parker loved and was loved by...

    I am so incredibly glad to have also known and loved Joan. Just sending along thoughts and love to John ahead of the Zoom memorial. Joan and John--my two mentors. From Joan I...  more
  • Liz Gross
  • dave holt
    I was gutted to har of Joan's passing. I was not fortunate enough to know her well but I was fortunate with my wife Helen (their niece) to go and stay with John and Joan back in 2007. They were wonderful hosts and it was during this time I was struck by...  more
  • Sandi Schaefer
  • Suzanne Gamache
  • Bonnie Berkmeier
    Joan changed my life.
    I was 15 when I met Joan through her then-husband Reuel, who taught banjo at a local music store. Reuel invited me to attend the Newport Folk Festival with them, and my parents allowed me to go... my first night away from home so a...  more
  • ruth elvin
  • Suzzanne Cromwell
  • Mary Werowinski
    Joan and I were acquaintances through our volunteer work at the Community Cupboard food pantry. She always joined in with a sprightly attitude. I greatly respected her for developing gardens that provided fresh produce for the pantry clients. Her red...  more
  • Suzanne Mager
  • John Wooding
    John Wooding added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Joan Parker:
    Twins visiting Mom in Florida
    Judy and the Blowfish
  • John Wooding
    John Wooding added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Joan Parker:
    Two Joeys
    Margaret and Joan
  • John Wooding
  • Heather Champigny
    Red Truck....Two Dogs....Headed Home To John
  • Bonnie Berkmeier
  • Mary Sbuttoni
  • Judy Deichler
    Missing my twin.

    Joan was a dynamic, classy, beautiful woman; always sharing her wisdom and kindness, helping where she could and always thoughtfully listening to a friend in need. She was a wonderful, cheerful and funny aunt to my children and they...  more
    • Judy Deichler
      Sandi Schaefer A wonderful and inspiring tribute to your sister. Thank you!
      • May 17, 2021
    • Judy Deichler
      Suzanne Gamache Judy, your sister had a most radiant smile, and I could see that spirit in you too, as you so gracefully and graciously hosted the celebration of Joan's life yesterday. Your loss is palpable, but your courage and determination are just as strong. They...  more
      • May 21, 2021