Joan Ansilio, 82, of Dallas died peacefully Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Hospice Community Care, located in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Newark, N.J., on Oct. 1, 1930, she was the daughter of Bernadine and Clarke Hines. She grew up in Wilkes-Barre and graduated from Coughlin High School, Class of 1948. After graduation, she worked at Pomeroy's for a brief time.
She was married to her husband, Philip, and celebrated 61 years of marriage on July 9, 2012. They resided in Dallas for most of their life together. Upon retirement, they spent the winter months in Boca Raton, Fla.
Joan's life was filled with love, mercy, kindness, compassion and gentleness toward her family, friends and church.
Her greatest enjoyment was cooking family meals, shopping with her daughter and especially being with her grandsons. They were her pride and joy, and through her actions, she shared her beautiful approach to spirituality.
Joan was dedicated to her Catholic faith, a pro-life supporter and devoted to the Blessed Mother. She was an active member of Gate of Heaven Church and its Altar and Rosary Society, and served as Eucharistic minister for many years. She truly enjoyed helping others and volunteered countless hours at The Mercy Center in Dallas, and The Mercy Hospital Auxiliary in Wilkes-Barre.
Her husband, Philip, who passed away Sept. 2, 2012, preceded Joan in death.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Terry, and son-in-law, Stephen Clemente; and grandsons, Michael and Jeffrey. She is also survived by a sister, Beverly Williams and her husband, John; brother-in-law, Tom Ansilio and his wife, Louise; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Joan's family is grateful for the all the love, support and kindness of Keystone Gardens Estates during this past year.
A celebration of Joan's life will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday from Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, with the Rev. Daniel Toomey, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Sisters of Mercy, P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA 18612, or a