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Joan (Calisti) Van Swearingen, 71, passed away in Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida on December 28, 2012 as a result of complications from a kidney transplant. The daughter of Angelo and Florence Calisti, who preceded her in death, Joan was born and raised in Trenton, New Jersey. She attended Immaculate Conception School and Cathedral High School. She worked for Circle F Manufacturing and the State of New Jersey before moving to Florida in 1988. In Florida, Joan was a long-time employee of the Palm Beach Country Club. She will be remembered by her family and many friends for her loving nature, her ready smile, her love of animals, her generosity and her empathy for people, which gained her friends wherever she went. Her indomitable spirit , which carried her through 10 years of dialysis treatment with grace and courage, will be long remembered, and she will be sadly missed by all who loved her. She is survived by her son Ryan Van Swearingen; two brothers, George (Doris) Calisti, Richard (Laura) Calisti; two sisters, Geraldine (Jeffrey Rauch) Kaylor, and Michele (Marcello) Giannoni; an aunt Catherine Calisti; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Private funeral services have already taken place. A mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Church in Boynton Beach, Florida, where she was a devoted member, on a date to be announced. A memorial service will be held later in the spring in her hometown of Trenton, New Jersey.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2013
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