Calling hours will be on Monday, October 11, 2021 from 5-7pm in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in St. Camillus Church at 10:00am, with burial to follow in St. Bernard’s Cemetery. In lieu of sending flowers, donations can be made to Eternal Word Television Network, the Missionaries of the Poor, or the Association of Marian Helpers in Stockbridge.
Joan Theresa (Fenno) Grammel, 89, of Fitchburg, MA, passed away peacefully at home with her family on October 8, 2021.
Born on October 3, 1932 in Fitchburg, MA, she was the daughter of Hubert Fenno and Nora (Conry) Fenno. Joan graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1950, graduated from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in 1953, and was licensed as a Registered Nurse.
She married the late Francis William Grammel in 1954. Joan is survived by six children: Gretchen Letteney of Fitchburg; Geoffrey Grammel and his wife Tina of Gardner; Daniel Grammel and his wife Kathryn of Leominster; David Grammel and his wife Robin of Fitchburg; Timothy Grammel and his wife Tammy of Stafford, Virginia; and Mary Fusia of Fitchburg. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Joan is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Joan was predeceased by her husband in 1979, and by her grandson, James Letteney, who died in 2009 from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Besides being devoted to her family, Joan was active in her community and St. Bernard Parish. She was a literacy volunteer at Fitchburg Public Library, a Divine Mercy Chapel Adorer of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Camillus Church, and a volunteer of the Association of the Apostles of the Divine Mercy Faustinum. For 11 years, Joan produced rosary programs that aired on local access television. Joan also authored three books, one of which is about the history of Fitchburg and the other two are about growing up in the Waites Corner section of Fitchburg.