Theatre Company of Saugus mourned the passing of Joanne Louise Wheeler on October 29, 2019. She was a long-time supporter of TCS and was affectionately known as “Gram” to so many who knew her.
Gram's funeral expenses were more than anticpiated by the family. Theatre Company of Saugus would like to help support the Fafard-Wheeler family by fundraising to help offset the remaining costs. Anything that is raised above and beyond the $4,000 needed will be set aside and TCS in conjunction with the family will create a scholarship in her memory.
If you were involved in a show with TCS, then you likely either worked with Gram or were applauded by her from the audience. If you grew up in the area, you may have had Gram as your kindergarten teacher if you attended Our Lady of Assumption in Chelsea. She was constantly recognized by people in the community because of her involvement and her loving spirit.
With TCS she was involved in productions of Wizard of Oz, Oliver!, Cabaret, Producers, Music Man, and Charlotte's Web. Gram was one of the co-directors of our musical revue: A Celebration of Love, in February 2010. Much of the structure of the show was her concept. It was truly a celebration of the love others had for her, and yet she was creating it to show her love for everyone around her. Recently, while she may not have worked on shows, she supported the theatre and her family who were involved by attending performances. Please keep Gram’s friends and loved ones in your prayers. Her granddaughter Amanda Allen, grandson William Fafard, Jr., and daughter Joanne Fafard are all active members of TCS and her loss is being deeply felt by them and their extended TCS family.
According to her daughter Joanne, everything their family did, Gram did. She never said no to Joanne or Amanda about helping with anything for TCS or in general. Because of her love and support of her family and her theatre family, Theatre Company of Saugus appreciates anything you may want to contribute to help cover her funeral expenses.
For her full obituary - click here.