Joan E. (Faretra) Marchand, 74, of Upton, passed peacefully with family by her side in Milford Regional Medical Center on November 3, 2013 after a long illness. She was the wife of retired Upton Police Chief Rodney B. Marchand.Mrs. Marchand was born in Natick, the daughter of the late Joseph and Katherine (Cotter) Faretra, and was a 1957 graduate of Natick High School. She had lived in Upton for 50 years. She worked as a telephone operator for more than 30 years, retiring in 1995. She also dispatched for the Upton Police Department out of her home, worked at Kelly’s Farm Stand for many years, and was a teachers’ aide and cafeteria worker at Upton Memorial School. A former member of the Upton Bloomer Girls, she enjoyed vacations on their boat at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH and cottage at Wells Beach, ME, loved to sing, and often performed with her father at family gatherings, giving comfort and joy with her beautiful voice. Her greatest happiness was loving her family and friends.In addition to her husband of 53 years, she leaves two sons, Michael Marchand and his wife Patricia of Upton, and Paul Marchand of Natick; two grandchildren, Lauren Marchand of Northbridge, and Shaun Marchand of Upton; and two great-grandchildren, Trevor and Alexis.If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Upton Ambulance Fund, Box 29, Upton 01568.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Upton.
courtesy of Williams Pederson Funeral