Joanne G. (Barberio) Scarpato, of West Newton and Marion passed away on November 4, 2017 at the age of 80. Joanne is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years Salvatore Scarpato Jr., her loving children Scott S. Scarpato and wife Tricia of Weston and Susan Kollaard and husband Hans of Weston; and dear grandchildren Samantha, Scott Jr., and Peter Scarpato and Michael, Christopher and Nicholas Kollaard. Joanne is reunited with her parents Dominic and Dominica Barberio, and older sisters, Mary Rossi, Theresa Aquilino and Dorothy Barberio. Joannes family immigrated to the United States and settled in West Newton where Joanne was born in 1936. She graduated from Newton North High School and continued her education at the University of Maine at Orono. It was there that she met the love of her life. Sal and Joanne married in West Newton in 1956. Together Sal and Joanne founded and grew Automatic Laundry Services, Co, Inc. from a mom and pop company to a thriving third generation business providing laundry facilities management throughout the Northeast. She enjoyed an entrepreneurial spirit throughout her life but always put family first. Joanne, an active member of the community volunteered at the Newton Schools and served as a member of the League of Women Voters in Newton. She also served as Treasurer for the Island Association of Planting Island, Marion. One of Joannes favorite things to do was sit on their deck in Marion and watch the sailboats go by on the water. She loved to be in Marion with her family. She tended her garden, took walks around the island and enjoyed the beach with her grandchildren. Always hospitable, there was an open invitation to sit with her on the deck to enjoy the view, good conversation, food and drink. Well informed, Joanne was up on all current events. She was an avid reader of the newspapers, books and followed the stock market. She was in the know and always ten steps ahead of everyone else. For those of us that were lucky enough to be a part of her life | we are forever grateful. Wife, Mother, Sister, Grandmother, Friend, Business woman, she was a teacher and mentor to us all. She had an amazing gift for bringing out the best in people. Joanne was loved and will be greatly missed. Her courage, compassion, generosity and fierce determination are an inspiration to her family and everyone that knew her. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on November 4, 2017 at St. Bernards Church in West Newton followed by her internment at Newton Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, West Newton.
Published in The Sentinel - Marion from Nov. 14 to Nov. 23, 2017.