Joell Lanfrank
Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals - Toms River at Fischer Blvd.
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Joell Lanfrank

AGE: 44 • Seaside Park

Joell Lanfrank, 44, of Seaside Park, NJ, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Born in Belleville, she was raised in Toms River and graduated from Toms River High School East in 1991. She went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Delaware in 1995.

Joell later lived in Vermont then Toms River before moving to Seaside Park 2 years ago.

She was a Certified Yoga Instructor and owner of Lotus Lounge Yoga Services.

Joell was a former Glass Blower and owner of Snow Angel Glass. She also was a former Glass Blower for Simon Pearce and Little River Hotglass Studio.

She was an avid lover of all animals.

Joell was loved by all who knew who and by those she just met. Her beautiful smile and personality would light up the room and she will be deeply missed by all.

She was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, Theresa and Joseph Cotugno, and her paternal grandparents Sue and Arthur Lanfrank.

Joell is survived by her parents Joann and Arthur Lanfrank of Lakewood, NJ, her aunts and uncles Judy and Dave Demilia of Hillsborough, NJ, Mike and Elaine Karsnack of New Providence, NJ, Gloria Battaglio of Manahawkin, NJ, Paul and Michele Babij of Belleville, NJ, Joseph Cotugno of Bloomfield, NJ, Anthony Cotungo of Newark, NJ, her many cousins and her companion Jeff Deron of Toms River.

The family will receive friends Friday 4-9pm at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 995 Fischer Blvd., Toms River. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday 9:30am at St. Justin RC Church, Toms River. Burial to follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Toms River.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Joell may be made to the ASPCA.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Published by Asbury Park Press on Sep. 26, 2017.
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Joell, you are gone from our lives, but you will never ever be forgotten, You are in a world much better than ours, Love and Peace always up there and you are with Uncle Beeb, who loved you so much. Rest in peace angel, and give Uncle Beeb hugs and kisses from me, his wife. Miss and love you both to the moon and back. Your smile is imbedded in many lives, keep smiling sweetheart.
Aunt Mickey
September 20, 2021
Sincere condolences to the family.
May God sustain you at this time
Please find comfort from his word
Where he promises he will
"comfort your heart
and make you firm"
during this time of great loss.
2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
With deep sympathy
October 4, 2017
Love you cousin! You certainly made an impact!
Michael DeMilia
October 1, 2017
So sorry to read such sad news. I never knew you Joell, but I feel as though I did, as you touched so many lives. I too am a yoga teacher, and I will go on to shine your beautiful light through my teachings. May God have mercy on your beautiful soul, and shine his light on your family and friends, to guide them through their lives, and give them the strength and courage to carry on. All my love Rosie xxx
October 1, 2017
My heart was heavy when I heard the news last Sunday. It just couldn't be true. Joell was the brightest light, making friends with whomever she came in contact with. Not only a wonderful yoga teacher but a person who reached out to everyone and made each feel special. She will be missed but not forgotten.
Diane Barbieri
September 29, 2017
Dear Lanfrank family,
I am one of the two men that paddled out and rescued Joell from the water on that fateful day. We gave our best to save her just like she gave her best in life to everyone she met. I personally did not know Jo but we share many mutual friends. Getting to know her through others has shown me how truly special Joell was and how deep her soul is.
I wish this world could've had mercy on her as she was one of the brightest lights having influenced so many in a positive way. Joell was just too great for this world. I like to say its like she lived a thousand lives doing good in her time here. I am so truly sorry for her family, friends and anyone who knew her. My heart is so heavy too but I can feel her telling me its ok!

Sincerely with Love,
Ryan Bowers
Ryan Bowers
September 29, 2017
Joell was such a beautiful soul!! I met her at OCC where she taught my young son Yoga. I immediately clicked with her! She was just the type of incredible human that you always want to be around! She lived as a light on this plane and now she is shining brightly as she moves on. My deepest condolences to her loved ones , her dear friends and all whose lives she touched..
Donna DiPoce-Detore
September 29, 2017
you will be missed forever and a day
frank and stella
September 28, 2017
Joell, although I did not meet you in this life there is a great sadness that permeates my heart. Your photo alone brings an awareness of an evolved and loving human being who has made the world a better place. I wish you God's Eternal Loving Peace Joell and Family. Bobby J
Bobby Joyner
September 28, 2017
Dear Joann & Arthur,
I didn't know your daughter personally, just wanted to share my condolences. As the days pass missing " Joell" will be greater at times, but with the many thoughts and prayers from others will help you get through those difficult days ahead.
May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted " comfort all who mourn and sustain your family. Isaiah 61:1,2
-with heartfelt sympathy
September 28, 2017
So sorry for your loss may the family find peace and comfort to cope. Reverlation 21:3...5
September 28, 2017
Rest In Peace sweet friend. Jennifer Caris
Jennifer Caris
September 27, 2017
Although I never met Joell , I know she was an amazing person with a heart as big as the ocean she so loved. I was on the beach that tragic day, and felt so helpless. I prayed she would be all right, but God had other plans. I hope, in time, you can find comfort in your hearts knowing Joell touched so many lives! I am so sorry for the loss of Joell and want you to know that she will always be in my prayers . I am also a huge animal lover, and will be making a donation to the ASPCA in her name. Peace to all of you.
Carolann Cocucci
September 27, 2017
Dear Mr and Mrs Lanfrank,

I am heartbroken, I can not even image how you must feel. Take comfort in knowing that your daughter loved you both very much and spoke of you two often. Be proud of her life and her accomplishments because it takes a special person to be loved by ALL who knew her. You did a wonderful job of raising her because she was beautiful inside and out, kind, loving and very compassionate. Who knows why things like this happen......wishing you two love and eventually peace.

Love Maria "SCUTTS"
Maria Scuttaro
September 27, 2017
To Joell's family, may you find the strength to get through this terrible time. I did not know her but was at the beach and one of the many people who called for help. Please know we all tried to help and prayed for a different outcome. God bless you! My thoughts also go out to her companion as I could see the heart break in his eyes. May she Rest In Peace.
September 27, 2017
What an amazing soul and person. I wish I could have known her longer. Her laugh and mere presents filled the room with life and smiles. Although her time was short, she lived more than most people will, and I will forever remember her. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who had the privilege to cross her path. I celebrate your life Joell, not this day, for how you lived is what defines you.
Allison Davis
September 27, 2017
It has been many years since we saw each other but Dennis and I thought of you often, I am so sorry for your loss what a beautiful young women. My heartbreaks for you. My thoughts and prayers are with your always.
Alice Raposo
September 27, 2017
Alice Raposo
September 27, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the Lanfrank family. I knew Joell, she was full of life, love, and boundless energy. I am deeply saddened by her passing.
I will remember her always...
Sherry Pharo-Franzoni
September 27, 2017
My heartfelt condolences to the family of this beautiful soul. May you find comfort and peace in your memories of Joell.
Betsy Matthews
September 26, 2017
Words cannot express our sorrow and heartbreak. We will treasure our memories of Joell and the fun and silly times we had in the studio. Our most sincere condolences to Art, Joann and all the family; our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Michael & Monique @ Little River Hotglass Studio
Monique LaJeunesse
September 26, 2017
Joell you are unforgettable a real firecracker! We shared some moments together, you were definitely full of life and love. You made me laugh with the things you said I would only think haha. Rest In Peace beautiful.
Chrissy and Pete Cleveland
Chrissy Cleveland
September 26, 2017
Aunt Joann and Uncle Artie,

Words cannot express how sorry we are for the terrible loss of your Joell. We know your hearts must be completely broken. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to you and the entire family.
With our deepest sympathy,
Donna and Wayne-Kissimmee FL
September 26, 2017
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss.Joell was such a beautiful person who put us together with a precious pup.What a wonderful animal advocate an person.
Sue & Anthony Affa
September 26, 2017
I didn't know Joell. I was on the beach Sunday and my heart is full of sorrow...
I pray for Joell's soul and the family she left behind.
God saw that Joell's mission on earth was fulfilled and he welcomed her into his waiting arms.

With Deepest sympathy.
September 26, 2017
I am so sorry for the family's loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Jennifer Etzkorn
September 26, 2017
So, so brokenhearted. Truly one of the most beautiful and inspiring people I was ever blessed to have known. So terribly sorry for your tragic loss...
Cindi Zumbo
September 26, 2017
Dear family and loved ones of Joell,

It is hard to put into words or conceive this could have happened.... I am so heartbroken. Joell was one of those people you meet and they instantly touch your life, and you wonder how you could have gone your whole life without knowing her till then.

I met Joell about 6 years ago at Kripalu. We had a shared love of yoga, pitbulls, the Beastie Boys and dirty words. We hit it off immediately, instant connection. She was one of those people whose light and love shone through her eyes and gorgeous smile. She made you feel special because she was special. She was phenomenal and majestic. Pure love and energy. She was a true yogi and beautiful human inside and out...!

In short, she rocked.

I cannot believe that such a light is gone. I know she touched hundreds or thousands of lives. There are hundreds or thousands of broken hearts right now.

Girlfriend, I will miss you like hell. I wish we could have hung out more. You were and are an inspiration in the way you were and lived your life.

I am so terribly sorry. Namaste, sweet sister. I will miss you forever.


Cindi Zumbo (Cho)
Cindi Zumbo
September 26, 2017
The heavens needed a angel Sunday and they decided to take our beautiful, happy, caring Niece Joell. Our hearts are broken, but we will meet again and it will be mended. Love you to the moon and back, miss you and love you forever. Your smile will be imbedded into our lives forever. We love you.
Uncle Beeb & Aunt Mickey Babij
Belleville, NJ
Michele Babij
September 26, 2017
My love and prayers to Joelle"s family. I will always cherish the glass bud vase you made for me many years ago. Say hello to your Grandparents Joe and Terry Cotugno for me. You came a beautiful loving family... Who will always keep in their hearts.
Nancy Cotugno
September 26, 2017
God needed a special angel, so he took our beloved niece, Joell. She was one of the best, her smile could turn a rotten day into a sunny day, and her laughter would light up a room. Joell, our hearts are broken but we will mend, knowing you are at peach with our Lord. We miss and love you so much, and until we meet again, be at peace with our Lord.
Love you forever.
Uncle Beeb & Aunt Mickey
Michele Babij
September 26, 2017
Joann, Artie and family....
Our hearts are broken with you. We have been friends and neighbors, watching Joell grow up. I can only pray that as you read and hear such sentimental, pure love words about Joell you can find comfort in knowing what a truly beautiful daughter you raised!
Although you will miss the sight and touch of her, you will always have her in your heart❤

My deepest sympathy,
Michele & Gene Francis
Michele Francis
September 26, 2017
Your daughter touched so many lives and left memories filled with laughter and reflection. I can't Imagine the pain you feel, but I do know that we all miss her and I hope you can take comfort in knowing that hers was a filled and joyous life.

Joell was always smiling and was a bright and brilliant light to many. She brought care, faith and compassion to everyone she met. She embraced each day with joy and soared high. I am sending prayers that God comfort you and hold you tight at this time. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Paula Burton
September 26, 2017
This is truly heartbreaking. My thoughts, love, and prayers to the whole family.

Amanda McAdams
September 26, 2017
Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and your family during this very difficult time. (Psalms 55;22)
September 26, 2017
I'm sorry to the Lanfrank family and everyone close to Joel, she was steadfast always in not unfriending me on Facebook no matter our different views, I loved that about her! Plus she was a riot and thought she was a better snowboarder than me. She probably was! I only knew her briefly from the surf shop, was always a pleasant surprise to see her show up at a gathering there, I will miss the back and forth button pushing we had on Facebook, while never being too serious.
RJ Hanson
September 26, 2017
I didn't know Joell.
I was on the beach yesterday and my heart is full of sorrow...
I pray for her soul and the family.
I too am an animal lover-I will make a donation to the ASPCA in her memory.
September 25, 2017
Dear mom and dad! I am so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful human! Joell flourished and lived life with passion and love! She left no stone unturned and experienced everything life had to offer! Her spirit will be missed, but never forgotten. My prayers and thoughts are with you and you family. Denise Smith, friend from Vermont.
Denise Smith
September 25, 2017
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