Joanne Marie (Kelly) Adduci, of Hull, formerly of Dorchester, died peacefully at her home on Adduci Way on Aug. 13. She was 86.
She was the daughter of the late John, of Roscommon, Ireland, and Mary (McLaughlin) Kelly, Malin Head, Donegal, Ireland. She was raised in Dorchester and graduated from Cardinal Cushing High School with the class of 1953.
Joanne’s professional career was vast and accomplished. She held many prominent positions in and for the city of Boston, as well as the state of Massachusetts. These included Gillette, the Boston Auditing Department, the Mayor’s Office of Capital Planning, under Mayors White, Flynn, and Menino, and the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority. While employed she helped plan, fund, and financially account for special improvement projects.
Joanne’s financial manager roles earned her numerous awards and recognition at many public buildings, schools, and roads throughout Boston, including Boston City Hospital, Boston Police Headquarters, Boston’s Holocaust Memorial, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, City Hall, and her favorite, the so-called big dig. She was also presented with the Henry L. Shattuck Award for outstanding public service.
Joanne was an elected member of Hull’s Planning Board and was passionate about local development. She cherished living in Hull and taking the commuter boat every day to Boston, a city that she loved and worked hard for and that was always proud of her contributions. Her dedication to a better Boston and Hull spanned more then 35 years. She was a true trailblazer for working women and their rights. At the opening of the Ted Williams Tunnel (as reported by The Boston Globe), Joanne was honored as the only female manager alongside five male managers.
In her spare time, she enjoyed going to the beach, boating, reading, cooking, sewing, and her family more than anything. As a hobby, she earned a certificate in oenology, the study of wine, from Harvard.
Joanne was the backbone of her family and proud of her Irish heritage. She was dedicated to helping others, strong-willed, and fierce. Her life lessons and example are part of her legacy that continue through her family. She will be missed by all the lives she touched.
Joanne was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Adduci Sr., who died in 2014. The two married on Nov. 11, 1954, at St. Peter’s Church in Dorchester. Together they shared 60 loving years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Robert J. Adduci Jr. and his wife, Julie Ann, of Scituate; John V. Adduci and his wife, Deborah, of Charlestown; and Jill A. Connolly and her husband, Brian, of Quincy. She was the loving grandmother of Nicole Adduci, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Caroline and Jack Adduci, both of Charlestown; and Martin, Ella, and Grace Connolly, all of Quincy. She was the dear sister of Marylou Henkin, of St. Augustine, Fla.; she was preceded in death by her siblings: Eileen Dumouchel, John Kelly, and Brian Kelly. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and amazing, compassionate caregivers Karen Dolan and Karen Mitchell, both of Hull.
Following cremation, funeral services and interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent in Joanne’s name to Norwell Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061.