Joan Filomena (Perruzzi) Sozio, 78, died on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at the Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canton.

She was the daughter of the late Americo J. and Victoria (DiMonte) Perruzzi.

Joan was born in Braintree on March 19, 1943 and was a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree (Class of 1961). She earned her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton in 1965 and attended Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Public Health for two years until she met her husband Albert.

She and Albert were married at St. Thomas More Church in Braintree Nov. 17, 1968.

She has been a resident of Foxboro for the past 53 years.

Joan was a former medical technologist and assistant supervisor of the chemistry department at the Carney Hospital in Dorchester and then at the Cardinal Cushing Hospital in Brockton.

She was former president of both the Massachusetts Association for Medical Technology and the Greater Boston Association for Medical Technology.

After taking time off to start a family, she was hired as a lab instructor for the biology department at Stonehill College. She was then promoted to lab director and remained in that position until she retired in 2015.

In addition, she was a former chairman for the Foxboro Water Commission.

One of her most notable accomplishments in this role was her representation of the board of water and sewer commissioners at a town meeting. At this meeting she helped pass several articles totaling about $7 million in spending to accomplish the wastewater reuse program at Foxboro Stadium/Patriot Place. This project is the largest project of its kind in New England and is used by the Department of Environmental Protection as a major example of water reuse.

During her tenure as water commissioner, Joan also was appointed to several committees including the Canoe River Aquifer Advisory Committee and MASS CLEAN where she held a spot on the board of directors.

In addition to her passion for conservation and drinking water preservation, she was strong in her Catholic faith. She was an active communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Foxboro. As a parishioner, she participated in many groups and activities including the annual Christmas bazaar.

Joan is the beloved wife of Albert Sozio of Foxboro and loving mother of Janet Sozio of Wrentham. Loving sister to Donald J Perruzzi and Paul A. Perruzzi. She is the aunt and great-aunt to many nieces and nephews whom she held near and dear to her heart.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours Thursday, Nov. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, 30 South St., Foxboro.

We respectfully request that strict adherence to COVID-19 protocol be observed. Please, only vaccinated guests may attend.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church, 58 Carpenter St., Foxboro. Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Foxboro.

To leave an online condolence, please visit the funeral home website at www.robertsandsonsfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Friends of Foxboro Seniors Inc., PO Box 116, Foxboro, MA 02035, or to St. Mary’s Church, 83 Central St., Foxboro, MA 02035.

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