Having raised us in a strict Italian Irish Roman Catholic home, mom’s mission was to bring up three happy, loving and successful children – she succeeded. She committed her life to us and we were blessed to be part of our parents’ loving devotion for the 45 years of their marriage.
Joan was a remarkable role model, putting others ahead of herself, always giving and less concerned about the return. She loved people, taking time to make their day special. Her smile and bubbly personality was contagious. She saw the world through unique eyes and her passion for nature and animals was defined by a rare understanding of God’s miracles in all of this. She was fascinated with exploring and enjoying the simple things in life, and in this, found her peace. She was an inspiration to those who knew her and that inspiration still lives on.
We cherish the years we had with our mom and like everyone who loses a loved one, our time was cut much too short. We yearn to embrace her each and every day.
In May of 2004, our mom was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer by chance during a routine checkup. Like most women who suffer from Ovarian Cancer, even when detected early, only 50% of them have a year to live. Mom’s cancer was already at stage 3 to 4. In true character, with her great determination and strong faith she fought hard for five years and gave us her best.