In Memory of

Joan

Derba

Obituary for Joan Derba

DERBA, Joan (Leyden) 97, of Lexington and formerly of Arlington,
Duxbury, and Osterville died peacefully on February 11, 2024 in Lahey
Hospital & Medical Center. Beloved wife of 65 years to the late James
“Jim” Derba, loving mother of Meg and her husband George Morrissey of
Winchester and Paul Derba and his fiancé Hazel Durand of Osterville,
and adoring grandmother of Chris, Brooke, Ryan, Dana, and Drew
Morrissey and Chloe and Phoebe Derba and survived by several nieces
and nephews. Predeceased by mother Grace (McDonough) Leyden and
siblings Alice Harney, Edward Leyden, Phyllis Miller, and Frederick
Leyden. She graduated from Revere High School in 1943. She was a
lifelong reader and passionate fan and supporter of her husband Jim’s
alma mater Boston College. Many of her fondest childhood memories
involved time spent at Revere Beach with family and friends. She
worked many jobs, most notably bookkeeping at the James J. Derba
Company starting in 1955. Joan was an avid golfer at the Winchester
Country Club and Oyster Harbors Country Club, where she famously
shot a 99 at a member guest to achieve her long time goal of breaking
100. Above all she was devoted to her family’s happiness. She was
always eager to prepare a favorite meal and loved answering the
question, “Gram what’s for dinner?” She enjoyed a good laugh and was
quick to offer her incredible sense of humor. The family expresses their
sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Brookhaven at Lexington.
Visiting hours will be held at the Lane Funeral Home, 760 Main St. (Rte.
38) WINCHESTER on Wednesday, February 14 th  from 4-6pm.  A Mass of
Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 155 Washington St.,
Winchester on Thursday, February 15 th  at 10am.  Relatives and friends
are kindly invited to attend. Interment Wildwood Cemetery,
Winchester.  Expressions of sympathy may be made, in Joan’s memory
to the Missionary of Charities (The Sisters of Mother Teresa)
missionariesofcharity.org, 401 Quincy St., Boston, MA 02125.