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Joan Galasso, 72, formerly of Phoenix, died on Friday, February 1, 2013 at her daughter's home following a long illness. Born in New Rochelle, NY on March 21, 1940, she was the daughter of Dominick and Katherine Manfrieda Lener. She had been employed at Subzero Refrigeration and Walbaum's Supermarket. Joan was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She is survived by her children, Frank Appedu III of Mahopac, NY, Susanne Lewis and her husband James of Hopewell Junction, NY, Ronald Appedu and his wife Lanay of Phoenix, Lorianne Appedu of Putnam Valley, NY and Tara Anne Galasso of Phoenix; her grandchildren, Lindsey, Ashley, Kimberly, John, Krista, Alexei, Jessica, Kelly and Frankie; her great-grandchildren, Chloe, Sydney, Brinnley and Kohen; her brothers, Thomas Lener of FL and Robert Lener of Purdys, NY. She was predeceased by her husbands, Frank Appedu Jr. and Thomas Galasso; and her brother Richard Lener. There will be a celebration of her life in the spring. Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., Hopewell Junction, NY. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. For online condolences and memorial donations, please visit Joan's Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 7, 2013