JOANNE M. VIGNONI PAPANDREA
Joanne passed away peacefully at the Pat Roche Hospice Home on May 3rd, 2020 after a long struggle with cancer. She is survived by her sister Barbara Vignoni Alger and her husband Tom Alger; her brother Richard Vignoni and his life partner Marie Keutmann; Step children Lisa Papandrea, David Papandrea and Gina Papandrea, and Lisa’s children and grand children
After growing up in Braintree, Joanne lived in Boston for several years before moving to Scituate, where she lived for the past 52 years. She was a well known artist and recipient of numerous awards for her work in juried art shows. Her still life and landscape paintings are in more that 350 private collections world wide. A gifted instructor, Joanne taught painting, drawing and calligraphy. Her other careers included real estate, insurance and catering .
Joanne was an active member of the community generously volunteering her time to help others…whether it was helping out at the Senior Center, contributing to the annual Garden Club plant sales with specimens from her gardens, or showing up in dirt stained garden gear with shovel in hand to share her garden expertise with others. For many years she baked desserts that were delivered weekly to the Pine Street Inn in Boston
Joanne enjoyed traveling to many countries including Peru, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Ireland and kayak adventures to Exuma and the Florida Everglades. She enjoyed painting trips and vacationing on Monhegan Island Maine.
Creativity, passion and enthusiasm infused every aspects of Joanne’s life and her talents and abilities were widespread. In addition to her painting, she excelled in kayaking, cooking, gardening, knitting, yoga and sewing. She finished first in the North River’s "Annual Great River Race “ in her division for kayaks and won numerous first prizes in recipe contests, including several for Yankee Magazine. She also enjoyed riding her bicycle, walking around town, strolling on the beach and reading a good book
Always an artist, in her final days she was sketching flowers from her bed. The words of writer Terry Tempest Williams aptly describe Joanne’s spirit…”artists find beauty in a broken world and create beauty in the world they find”
Joanne was grateful for the gift of knowing everyone who touched her life. And we think she would like to be remembered for bringing joy and beauty into the lives of those she knew, and for making a positive difference in the world during her lifetime. Her legacy will continue to live on through her paintings, and through the impact that her passion, enthusiasm and love of life has had on her family, friends and students.