Joan DePaoli

Our dearest mom and nona, Joan DePaoli, passed away peacefully at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, in Trail, B.C on October 6, 2013.

Joan was born in Flaibano, Italy on December 18, 1927. Her parents were Fred and Magenta Picco. In 1932, her dad made his final trip to Italy. He brought back his wife Magenta, and daughters, Noemi, Ornella, and Joan. Joan worked in the grocery store business and on December 2, 1950 she married Elio DePaoli (nicknamed Yalver). They bought a hardware store and worked there together. Mom and Dad lived in Natal,B.C. until moving to Castlegar in 1964.

Joan is survived by her sister Elia (Kiki) Petovello, daughter Diane(Len) French- Brian, Gord, Adele (AndyFelsch), son Barry(Jacque) – Maghara , son Tom (fiancée Tracey) – Damon and Tabitha.

She was predeceased by her husband Elio in l987 and by sister Ornella and John Persello, and by sister Noemi and Mario Martinello

Castle Wood Village was home to mom for the past four and a half years. Our deepest gratitude for the wonderful, caring staff and the friendships mom and our families made.

Mom was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Parish, she loved her former neighbours on 6th avenue. You were truly wonderful! Thank you Tilly and Herman for continuing to visit her while at Castle Wood. Mom enjoyed her dear friend Margaret Howe and the times they shared together. She enjoyed going to mass, and could be counted on to pray the rosary. We will remember all the family times we shared and we realize how richly blessed our family is to have had our mom and nona attend the first wedding of her grandchildren. Adele married Andy Felsch on August 31, 2013. How very, very, precious! All our love Mom and Nona, God bless you and peace be with you!

We would like to thank Dr. Megan Taylor and her staff, Castlegar Pharmacy staff, paramedics, and the doctors and staff at Castlegar, and the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail.

Funeral mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father David John on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 513 7th ave. Castlegar. Bill Strileff of Castlegar Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

If desired, donations can be made to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation 4-1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 9M9 or to Castle Wood Village, 525 Columbia Avenue,V1N 1G8.


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