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MANDARINO, Joan Cady - 85, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Toronto. She was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on March 4, 1929 to Mildred and Joseph Cady. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Radcliffe College at Harvard University, she entered the US Navy as a Communications Officer. She served during the Korean War as one of the United States Navy's Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service, or WAVES. Following the War, Joan attended University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she earned her Master's degree in English. While there, Joan met Joseph Anthony Mandarino, whom she later married on August 25, 1956. They immigrated to Canada in the late 1950s in order for Joseph to accept a position as Curator of Mineralogy at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. Joan and Joseph enjoyed a marriage full of laughter and love, lasting over 51 years. Joan was passionate about her writing, her family, and her faith. She was a devoted member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for almost 40 years. Joan is survived by her four children, their spouses and her 3 grandchildren, Jay and Lorena Mandarino, Cathy Mandarino, Joseph and Stephanie Mandarino and their children, Elizabeth and Stephen; and Cindy Mandarino and Michael Matthews and their child, Zoey. Joan is also survived by her brother and his wife, John and Peg Cady, her sister-in-law, Carmel Cady, her niece and nephew, Stephany Russe and Robert Cady, 2 grand-nephews, 2 grand-nieces, and so very many friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the in Joan's name. Cards may be sent to Jay Mandarino at C.J. Graphics, Inc., at 134 Park Lawn Rd., Toronto, ON M8Y 3H9. A Memorial Celebration of Joan's Life will be hosted by her family on Sunday, August 17, 2014. For information, call 416-588-0808, ext. 232. All who loved her are welcome.

Published in the Toronto Star on Apr. 12, 2014
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