Joan E. Trelease


Navy captain, served in two wars; hospice nurse

Joan E. (Walsh) Trelease, 71, entered into eternal life on Monday, May 27, 2013. Born in Boston, she was a daughter of the late Dr. James T. and Dr. Phyllis Walsh-Sullivan and the step-daughter of the late Dan Sullivan.

Joan was a United States Navy veteran of both the Vietnam and Iraq Wars. She worked as a Navy hospice nurse at the VA Hospice in Washington, DC, retiring as a captain after 20 years of service.

She was a 1963 graduate of the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Joan also received her Baccalaureate and Masters from the University of Rhode Island. Joan was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

In her free time, she enjoyed traveling, gardening and fly fishing.

Joan leaves a daughter, Jill M. Trelease and her husband, Eddie Aldrich of Little Compton; two granddaughters, Sarah and Hannah Petrarca; five siblings, Mary Gauthier, Jane Hart, James Walsh Jr., Lawrence and Phillip Walsh; and many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral was held Saturday, June 1, from William W. Tripp Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Parish (St. Joseph Church), Pawtucket. Interment with military honors followed at Mount Saint Mary Cemetery, Pawtucket. Memorial gifts to St. Charles Children’s Home, 19 Grant St., Rochester, NH 03867 or Hospice Outreach, 502 Bedford St., Fall River, MA 02720 will be appreciated.



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