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ERCOLE, JOAN SLYWKA, 79 - of Las Vegas, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013. She was born September 9, 1933 in Chicago and was a resident of Las Vegas for 37 years. Joan was retired from the Clark County School District where she worked in various capacities over her 20 plus years including accountant and school banker for Las Vegas High School. She was a devoted and wonderful wife, mother, daughter, aunt and friend. She was passionate about spending time with her family and became an excellent italian cook, learning from her mother and sister-in-law. In her younger years, she was known as "Joan Stevens", a singer with an all girls orchestra in Chicago. Prior to marrying Joseph in 1958, she worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. As a young Mom, she worked at Goldblatts Dept Store, where she often took the girls to work. She loved to have fun, tell jokes and was always the life of the party. In her later years, she enjoyed playing video poker at the El Cortez and Cannery in LV and the Atlantic Club in Atlantic City, where she used to spend her summers close to family. Joan is predeceased by her husband, Joseph L. Ercole; her parents, John and Justine Slywka; her in-laws Ludovico and Filomena Ercole; her brothers, John Slywka Jr. and Andrew Slywka; her sisters, Eugenia (Joseph) Nieminski and Olga (John) Walker; and her niece, Arlene Dell'Aringa. She is survived by her daughters, Tina and husband Congressman Frank LoBiondo of Ventnor, and Janine and Frank Ricci of TX; sister-in-law, Carmen (Tafoya) Slywka; niece Catherine (Bryan) Davis; neice, Jacqueline (Edward) Gussin; nephews John Slywka III, Jeffrey (Tammy) Slywka; niece Christine (Edward) Landers and nieces, Amelia (Eugene) Rudin, Annette Doelker, Anita Dorneker, Andrea (Anthony) Aiello, Autumn Nieminski and 23 grand nieces and nephews whom she loved very much. Visitation will be from 4-7pm on Friday, April 26 at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Avenue. A Funeral Mass at Shrine of The Most Holy Redeemer, 55 E Reno Ave will be at 10am Saturday, April, 27 with Burial immediately thereafter at Palm Mortuary, 7600 Eastern Ave. A Life Celebration Luncheon to follow. Donations can be made to Every Breath Counts Lung Cancer Foundation, www.everybreathcounts.net or to Gilda's Club, South Jersey, gildasclubsouthjersey.org
Published in The Press of Atlantic City on Apr. 21, 2013