Janet M. (Lauria) Welch, age 70

of East Taunton

Janet M. (Lauria) Welch, age 70

Janet M. (Lauria) Welch, age 70, of East Taunton, died peacefully, Friday, June 17, 2022, at the Dr. Ruth McLain Hospice Home.

Janet was born in Dorchester, to the late Domenic A. “Charles” and Catherine V. (LaCamera) Lauria. Raised and educated in Braintree, she was a graduate of Braintree High School, Class of 1970. She lived in East Taunton for seven years, previously in Bridgewater for ten years, and earlier in Hanson for twenty-five years.

She worked as a registered nurse in rehabilitation facilities in Quincy, Braintree, and Weymouth. Janet was employed at the former Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital for twenty years.

She was a devout Catholic and former parishioner of Saint Joseph the Worker Church in Hanson. She enjoyed volunteering with the elderly, especially at the Senior Center in Bridgewater. Most of all she, was dedicated to her family and cherished spending time with her grandchildren.

Beloved wife for forty-nine years of Robert E. Welch, Jr., BG, Retired.

Devoted mother of Kevin P. Welch and his wife Erin of Klamath Falls, Ore., Sean M. Welch and his wife Jamie of Berkley, and Jeffrey C. Welch of East Taunton.

Loving grandmother of Riley, Owen, Harlin, Keira, Finley, Luccia, and Norah.

One of seven siblings, she was the dear sister of Richard Lauria and his wife Ellen of Rockland, Carol Simmons of Brockton, David Lauria and his wife Anna of Braintree, Nancy Lauria of San Diego, Calif., Diane Bersani of Halifax, and the late Virginia M. Rothwell and her surviving husband William of Kingston.

Sister-in-law of Ann “Nancy” Welch of Abington, Virginia M. “Ginnie” Arienti of Hanover and her late husband Charles, and the late John F. Welch, Major, Retired.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, June 23, from 5 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington Street, Braintree, on Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Janet’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.


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  • My beautiful, funny and special friend I’m going to miss you very much. Taking special trips and peeking in haunted castles or Inns looking for ghosts. Laughing in NYC as we were brought into a secret room loaded with counterfeit handbags. Getting lost at Charles De Gaulle airport looking for that train to Lil France. Everything we did together will remain in my heart and I will smile and think of you every single time a memory arises. Send me a sign from Heaven because I know that is where you are. I love you Janet. This world will not be the same without you in it.

  • I believe everyone will have funny happy memories of being in Janet’s company. It was a comfortable enjoyable place to be. She was loved and will be sadly missed
    My thoughts and Prayers are with you all

  • My beautiful sister- in- law…. Your lovely smile and happy disposition will forever be in my heart. Your amazing generosity and fabulous stories were the best. I know you are soaring with the angels. Til we meet again❤️

  • Janet, I have so much to thank you for, I’ll start by 1st thanking you for the gift of your loving, good-hearted,hardworking and talented son Kevin. He has been an amazing husband to our Erin for almost 20 years. Given us 4 of our beautiful grandchildren and will soon be a retired Lt.Col in the USAF. So much to be proud of, Mom. 2nd I have to thank you for your kindness and help when my family needed assistance with my I’ll brother before he passed. You knew just what to do and when . And lastly thank you for the many fun visits we shared these last 2 years. You always had that constant smile on your face and never a complaint to be heard. It must of been that ever-deepening relationship you had with God as that fancy crucifix was always front and center. You’ve taught me much about patience, compassion and love. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You will be dearly missed by so many. Rest now my friend. You’ve worked long enough.

  • My beautiful cousin with a heart of gold, was always so giving of herself for others.. such a great funny personality.. you will surely be forever missed.. much love always to you Jan & your amazing fun loving family.. you’re all in my thoughts & prayers ❤️🙏❤️🙏

  • Mr Welch, Kevin and family,
    We are so saddened to hear about the loss of your Wife / Mom. Although I hadn’t seen her since the last time Erin (my sister) was home, I got to hear stories from all the nice visits my Mom (Linda) would have with her. I know my Mom always loved those visits. We are thinking of you all and praying for you during this hard time. We will always remember her every time we talk to our nieces (Owen, Keira, Finley, and Norah).
    Lauren, Tim and our girls (Leah and Lydia)

  • Bob so sorry to hear about Janet. You were both like my older brother and sister. I will miss her. I hope you’re doing well through all this. Miss you .

  • I’m so saddened by the passing of my childhood friend and neighbor, first in Dorchester and then on lurton st in Quincy. Our families were best friends and more. The last time I saw Janet was about 16 years ago she was taking Kay to the South Shore plaza and I was taking my mother Eileen shopping, it was a wonderful surprise to see them and the stories flowed with promises to get together sometime, unfortunately that never happened but the memories of Lauria’s and McGillvray’s friendship is my most precious.

  • Dear Family,

    Just want to say that we lost a gem in our family when we lost Janet. She was a shining star that was loved by all. Ready, willing and able to do whatever was asked of her with that beautiful smile. She will be sadly missed. Her parents and sister Ginny, as well as her cousins Gen, Barbara, Betty, Noreen and Ann will greet her with open arms. Until we meet again dear cousin, Rest In Peace and Love ❤️ Rosie and Family

  • “Jan the Man”…

    You saw the best in every single person you met and would give the shirt off your back to anyone in need. I remember the times you went out of your way to help my friends get nursing jobs and how often you donated your time and heart to others. You made everyone around you feel like family, always greeting anyone you came across with a big smile. I loved your stories of wearing white go-go boots to go dancing, growing up with all of your siblings and talking about every single person in the family getting married or having a baby and how much you lit up being able to deliver the good news. You made the best of every situation and your laugh and positivity were infectious. I can still hear you singing (totally underrated, by the way) I can picture you clear as day adding more ice to your coffee while flipping through the weekly Market Basket flyer. While those might be simple things, I’m grateful for memories like that.
    It’s hard to believe that such a big, bright light is gone, but I can say with absolute confidence that you were welcomed to Heaven by many. I’m sure there’s one heck of a “soup night” happening as we speak.
    “…so that’s the story…”
    Aly (or as you’d have it, Alley)

  • Such a wonderful, caring person. Always a kind word and a smile. Rest in peace Janet.