JOANNE T. EITZEN

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EITZEN JOANNE T. EITZEN A resident of South Laurel, MD since 1975 and heart, mind soul and owner of TravelWorks of Laurel Lakes for the past twenty-seven years, lost her battle with gallbladder cancer on December 10, 2012. Born to R. Edward and Mary C. Talone (recently of Silver Spring, MD) in Washington, DC, JoAnne spent her early years in Baltimore, MD - go Orioles! While in grade school, her family moved to Silver Spring, MD. and this was her home through her graduations from both The Academy of the Holy Names High School and the University of Maryland with a degree in Social Services. Before starting her travel business, she worked for the U.S. Census Bureau for a decade. TravelWorks, the business she created in Laurel, MD in the mid 1980's, was a real joy in her life. It took her, personally, to almost 70 different countries, earned her many devoted clients who relied on her to take them to the out-of-the-way places, historic sites, inns and B&B's, and made her many friends around the world. Her tagline on her business card, "We can Make the World your Neighborhood," was a living testament to her service. Indeed, one of her long-time clients has passport stamps from close to 200 countries, and JoAnne constantly tried to find new destinations to add to this number. She reveled in calling the client after a cruise or tour to hear their wonderful, and personal, trip stories and to mine the information on new destinations, lodgings, and other travel related information. JoAnne's ten-month struggle with gallbladder cancer ended after a most courageous battle. JoAnne never complained during this time, but steadfastly assumed she was going to be part of that one percent to beat the odds. She did in many ways, as the average life expectancy is six months and she gave us ten. She was not supposed to live through the initial sepsis and she did. The infections were supposed to do her in, and they did not. She is finally at peace but leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of many, especially family, friends and her clients. JoAnne is survived by her husband, Jim of South Laurel, MD; her twin brothers, John and Edward Talone of Silver Spring, MD; her aunt, Anna Mae McCormick of College Park, MD and aunt Betty Janak of Tucson, AZ; and many family members, clients and friends. JoAnne was sixty years-old and will be deeply missed. JoAnne loved both the Spring and the Chesapeake Bay and a memorial service will be planned to fit those loves and announced later.JoAnne is survived by her husband, Jim of South Laurel, MD; her twin brothers, John and Edward Talone of Silver Spring, MD; her aunt, Anna Mae McCormick of College Park, MD and aunt Betty Janak of Tucson, AZ; and many family members, clients and friends. JoAnne was sixty years-old and will be deeply missed. JoAnne loved both the Spring and the Chesapeake Bay and a memorial service will be planned to fit those loves and announced later.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 16, 2012
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