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Joan E. (Wright) Noreau

October 9, 1949 ~ January 9, 2018 (age 68)

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January 14, 2018

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Bellows Funeral Chapel
160 River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865

Funeral Service
January 15, 2018

11:00 AM
Lime Rock Baptist Church
1075 Great Road
Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865

Foster – Joan E. (Wright) Noreau, 68, of Plainwoods Road, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence, surrounded by her loving family.  She was the beloved wife of the late J. Charles Noreau, and the beloved former wife of Donald Simpson of Glocester.

Born in Pawtucket, a daughter of Ethel V. (Nordin) Wright of Palmetto, Florida, and the late George Wright, she had lived in Barrington and Cranston, before moving to Foster five years ago.

Mrs. Noreau had worked as a customer service representative for Bank of America, and as a salesperson at Ballooney Tunes before retiring.  She was a graduate of Lincoln High School, Class of 1967.

She was a renowned barbershop singer, singing bass with the Harmony Heritage Chapter of Harmony, Inc. winning two International Quartet Championships.

She was an avid reader, and loved to play games of any type.  She loved animals, especially butterflies and cats, but most of all loved her family and her former husband.

Besides her mother and former husband, she is survived by one daughter, Jessica Garriepy, and her fiancé Roland Jacques, of Foster; one son, Aaron Simpson, and his wife Sarah, of Lincoln; five sisters, Ann Johnson of Palmetto, Florida, Christine Maino of Lincoln, Mary Jane Crusselle, and her husband Bill, of Palmetto, Florida, Martha Wallick, and her husband Dale, of Barrington, and Janet Johnson, and her husband Jack, of North Attleborough, Massachusetts; four brothers, David Wright, and his wife Lola, of Pawtucket, William Wright, and his wife Susan, of North Kingstown, Richard Wright, and his wife Ann Sasso, of Lincoln, and Jonathan Wright, and his fiancée Donna Rocchio of North Providence; four grandchildren, Hailey Hill, Liam Garriepy, Molly Garriepy and Caleb Simpson; and several nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service will be celebrated Monday, January 15, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in Lime Rock Baptist Church, 1075 Great Road, Lincoln.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln.  Her burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, R.I. 02904 would be appreciated.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of Rhode Island
1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904

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