Joanne B.'s Story

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I am Joanne B. (Eusko) Brislin, of West Newbury.
I was born in Newburyport on March 30, 1947 to the late Audrey (Roaf) and late William Eusko of Newburyport. Due to the progression of a terminal lung disease, I peacefully passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on February 7, 2017. I am a proud graduate of Newburyport High School. Although I would have liked a few more years, I lived a great life surrounded by one of a kind family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Some of the best years of my life were spent at the Brown School where I proudly served as the school secretary for 37 years. I was fortunate to have married the great love of my life, the late Jack Brislin Jr., and although I am sad to leave this life, I am looking forward to being reunited with him (and meeting Elvis of course). I was a proud member of the Immaculate Conception Church where, up until the diagnosis of my disease, you could find me presenting the gifts with my brother-in-law, Bob Brislin. I was an active member of the Newburyport Elks #909 where I looked forward to sitting with my friends every week and helping with the monthly breakfasts.
I am survived by my aunt, Ethel Gadomski of Newburyport, uncle, George and his wife, Cecile Roaf of Newburyport, sister, Linda Gallagher of Newburyport, niece Patricia and her husband, Eric Fisher of Newburyport, nephew, Christopher and his wife Kelly Gallagher of Peabody, and niece, Kara and her husband Chris Cookingham of Hampton Falls. I was a loving aunt to Evan and Holly Cookinham, Jake Aceto, Wyatt Fisher and Morgan Gallagher. I am survived by many cousins, most of whom I had the privilege of growing up with. I’d like to remember publicly my monthly lunch cousins Charoltte Foley of Newburyport, Beverly Perkins of Sandown, N.H. and “sister-cousin” Suzanne Flaherty of Newburyport, I love you. You cannot pick your family, although I would have, but you can pick your friends, and my God I have been blessed with the best friends anyone could ask for. I will especially miss Sandy Turbide of Newburyport and MaryLou Johnston of Newburyport and the rest of my “posse." Last, but certainly not least, I am survived by my parrot, Jose II. To everyone I’ve met, to everyone I’ve loved, to everyone who has made me laugh, to everyone who has given me material to ‘write a story about’, thank you, you’ve all made life worth living. During the last few weeks while I was a patient at the Beth Israel Hospital, Lachlan Forrow, MD shared a fitting quote that I hope is true, “She who laughs, lasts."
My family and friends may call on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High St., Newburyport, MA 01950. Parking available behind the Funeral Home. My Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday February 13, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Church followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery both in Newburyport.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60611-3201.
For directions or to offer online condolences please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on  February 10, 2017
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