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Joan Cappelloni


Joan Cappelloni, 77, passed suddenly into the Lord’s hands on Friday evening, May 10, 2019 surrounded by family at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. Born Joan Marie Kovalaskus on December 10, 1941 in Pittston to the late Simon and Mary Kovalaskus, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Robert Cappelloni, Sr., in May 2017.

She was a 1960 graduate of Pittston High School. She taught religious education for many years at the former St. Peter and Paul Church, Avoca and volunteered at many of her children’s school events. She was a very dedicated and loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and sister-in-law. She adored and was very proud of her children and especially her grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Gaga”. She will be forever remembered for her big bright smile, bubbly personality and her laugh. She enjoyed cooking, baking, playing bingo, her trips to the casino and especially family and holiday gatherings.

She is survived by her son Robert Cappelloni, Jr. and his wife Mary Ann, Duryea; daughters Teresa Bartko and her husband John, of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Karen Brombacher and her husband J.B., of Avoca, grandchildren Rob and Elizabeth Cappelloni and Bria and Jaden Brombacher. Also surviving are her sister Bernadine Evans, of Forty Fort and many brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews and furry grandpets Rocky and Haley

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 3551 N Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa 19140.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:30am from Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea with a mass of Christian burial at 11:00am at Nativity of Our Lord Parish Church, 127 Stephenson St., Duryea with Fr. John Polednak officiating. Friends may call for visitation on Wednesday morning at the funeral home from 9am until time of service.

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