Wittmann, Joan TROY Joan Marie Wittmann of Lansingburgh passed peacefully from this world, at her home, on February 10, 2013. Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late James M. Quest and Mabel Hourigan Quest. A lifelong Troy resident, she graduated from Lansing-burgh High School in 1951 and went on to work at Behr Manning along with both her mother and soon to be husband Jerry. She then raised her children at home until her husband's untimely death in 1964. Joan went to work as an assistant at the Lansingburgh Library and completed a certificate program through HVCC before beginning what would be a decades-long career in retail sales at Adel's Jewelers in Troy, Cohoes Manufacturing and Burlington Coat Factory. Joan was always spoken of by those who knew her as a woman of remarkable kindness and compassion. There was a very real sense in which she brought light into every room she entered and laughter was one of the gift's she freely shared with everyone, even during life's most painful moments. Everyone left their time with Joan feeling better about themselves and about the world. Joan is survived by her children, Dr. Jeffrey Wittmann (Frances), John Wittmann (Tammy) and Tracy Peters; the loves of her life, her grandsons, Jonathan and Collin; her nephews, Joseph Colarusso of Potsdam; her grandnephew Chad Colarusso and grandniece Kristen; her extended Pallozzi family- Lon, Cathy, Bonnie, Deb, Julie, Don, Kathy, Tess and Rick; Alex Muller and Anna Pallozzi; Alex Layton; many good friends; and her beloved cat Simon. She was predeceased by her mother Mabel Quest; her twin brother James Quest; her sister Beverly Colarusso; first husband Gerald D. Wittman; her second husband Thomas Glodich; her devoted companion of 18 years, John Patzarian; and her dear friend Frances Pallozzi. Friends and family will gather for the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Augustine's Church, Lansingburgh at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery in Troy. Joan asked that whenever she passed, people arrive dressed in bright colors to celebrate her life. Rather than flowers, the family suggests contributions to Stratton VA Medical Center, Voluntary Services, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 13, 2013