59, of Phoenix, passed away on August 4, 2016. I met JoAnn when I was 14 years old and asked her to the sweetheart dance. She wore a yellow flowered dress with bows to match her hair. She was beautiful. By junior year she was my girlfriend. We married at 21 and moved to California for five years. Moving back to Phoenix we started our family and have 4 beautiful, good kids. Life was a whirlwind of family get togethers, kids sports and family vacations, we had a great life. Anyone that knew her also knew that she wasn't the mother of just our kids, but mom to every kid who walked through our door. She loved her children and welcomed their friends, with her generous spirit, into our home as well. There were never too many kids or too much noise as far a she was concerned. We grew up together, she was my best friend, a loving mother, the anchor in our family and will be greatly missed by everyone that knew her. JoAnn is survived by her husband Bob, sons Daniel Heath and Ryan Heath, daughters Jenna Pessah and her husband Gabe and Natalie Heath, brother Anthony Scuderi, sisters Nina Sutton and Annette Roberts and her parents Tommy and Mary Scuderi. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 P.M. with a Scripture Service at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, August 8, 2016 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, August
9, 2016 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 11300 N. 64th Street, Scottsdale. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to Family Promise, 7221 E. Belleview Street, #5, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 7, 2016