Passed away peacefully on November 30, 2012 at home with her family at her side, after a valiant struggle with cancer. Preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Emil R. Passalacqua, her parents William and Elinor Carroll, brother Robert Carroll, and two sisters who passed away at birth. Survived by her seven children, Brian Passalacqua (Janet), Elinor Jane Senn (Guy), Matt Passalacqua (Sue), Jeffrey Passalacqua, Richard Passalacqua (Victoria), Joseph Passalacqua and Stephan Passalacqua (Angelia). Also survived by her brother and sister-in-law Col. William Carroll (Ret.) and Diane Carroll and her sister-in-law Patricia Carroll, as well as her beloved grandchildren, Gianna, Dominic, Marcella, Sophia and Juliana, and Mary Frey. Surviving her also are numerous beloved nieces and nephews, and cousins. Joan was born and raised in San Francisco where she attended St. Rose Academy. Her family had a summer cabin in Healdsburg, which is where she met the love of her life, Emil. She was a graduate of U. C. Berkeley and obtained her teaching credential from Dominican College. She became an elementary school teacher, and taught for over 30 years starting at Alexander Valley Elementary School and ending at Westside Elementary School, primarily as a kindergarten and first grade teacher. Joan was a devout Catholic, who believed in faith, family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, playing the piano (and teaching her grandchildren piano), singing, and was a voracious reader. She liked visiting Bodega Bay and having barbecues along the Russian River. She never stopped living life to the fullest. She even picked prunes with her seven children in the summers before school started. She enjoyed helping people and socializing with her friends and family. She loved her little dog, Bogey, her constant companion. She was Irish in heart and spirit. Visitation will be Thursday Dec. 13, 2012 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Asti, beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, Healdsburg. Entombment will follow at Oakmound Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Catholic School in Healdsburg, the
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. Arrangements by Fred Young Funeral Home, Cloverdale, 707-894-2540
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 5 to Dec. 12, 2012