Joellen (Maloney) Toussaint, a longtime resident of Wellesley, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, November 2, 2018 after a brief illness. Joellen was born on August 31, 1940 in Newton, MA to Joseph and Virginia (Stevens) Maloney. She grew up in Bedford MA. She was a graduate of Concord Academy in 1958, attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and was a Graduate of Boston University in 1964. Joellen, a longtime resident of Wellesley who believed in the power of community service was a past President of The League of Women Voters, a board member on the Wellesley Council on Aging, served as a lector at St. John the Evangelist Church, an anchor of the Wellesley Cable News program since the channels inception, a member of The Wellesley Club, the Democratic Town Committee and a Wellesley Town Meeting member since 1977. Joellen, an avid and passionate advocate in the importance of reading enjoyed 15 years at the Bookstall in Wellesley and the past 27 years at the Wellesley Free Library.
Joellen was preceded in death by her father Joseph, her mother Virginia, her brother Stephen, her husband Joseph, and son Stephen. Her willful spirit is carried on by her dear sister Virginia L. Maloney of Merrimack, NH, her children, son Joseph P. Toussaint of Roseville, MN, daughters Shawna H. Toussaint of Belmont, MA and Erin (Toussaint) Malloy of Grafton, MA, her grandchildren Benjamin, Hollis, Kathryn, John, Hayden and Patrick. Numerous in-laws, nephews, nieces, cousins and many dear friends also survive her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, Thursday, November 8, at 10:00AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 9 Glen Road, Wellesley Hills followed by internment in Shawsheen Cemetery, Bedford. Visiting hours will be Wednesday, November 7 from 4-8 PM at the Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 56 Washington St. Wellesley. Donations in Joellen’s memory may be made to the Wellesley Food Pantry, 207 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA (http://www.wellesleyfoodpantry.org).
Muriel and Bob Whitley - Wednesday November 07, 2018 via Condolence Message
Joellen was a truly special woman and I am saddened to learn of her passing.
I feel very fortunate, however, to have been acquainted with her, and always enjoyed our interactions at the Wellesley Library. We shared a love of books, of civic life and community. My condolences to her family for their loss of this incredible lady.
Jane Walsh - Tuesday November 06, 2018 via Condolence Message
Friendly, calm, and smiling all time that is how I will remember Joellen ... she was an anchor on the live news show we did on Thursday evenings and she co-anchored election coverage and the parade each year ... Great Lady!!
James Joyce - Monday November 05, 2018 via Condolence Message
Joellen was a shining light with her beautiful smile and warm countenance. I always looked for her to say hello when I entered the library and she always welcomed me as if we were long time friends.
Though I did not know her other than our 'hello's
I felt she was a very special lady.
Myrna MacDonald - Monday November 05, 2018 via Condolence Message