Joan went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 30, 2014. Joan was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister and loyal friend.
Joan was born January 13, 1936, in the Bronx New York to Mary and Jack Covais. She is predeceased by both parents and brother Mark Covais.
Joanie was born and raised in the Pelham Bay Section of the Bronx, New York. Attended PS 71 and graduated from Christopher Columbus High School in 1954. Shortly after graduation Joan met the man she'd spend the rest of her life with, Ronald G. Kelly. They married in 1957 and began their life together. Joanie was a loving mother raising five children. When her children began to attend school she wanted to keep a close eye on them, so she went to work as a teacher's aide. There she followed her children's progress through grade and middle school.
Joanie befriended all her children's teachers in order to know exactly how they were doing in school. Joanie was also a very successful Avon Lady joining forces with her best friend Johnna for more than twenty-five years. They worked together, traveled to many sales meetings, conventions and product demonstrations throughout the New York Metro area.
Joanie leaves behind husband Ron of 57 years. Sons Ron and Wife Mary of Port St Joe, Tom and Wife Johnna of Beacon, New York, Christopher, of Fishkill, New York, Steve and wife Suzy, of Port St Joe and daughter Mariann and husband Will also of Port St Joe and grandchildren Melissa Hytinen of Versailles Kentucky, Danica and Dana Kelly and Aidan and Emma Brown of Port St Joe; great-grandchild, Christian Hytenin of Versailles, Kentucky; Beloved sisters Gloria Helms and husband Richard of Uniondale, NY, Carol Thomas and husband Bruce of Ballston Lake NY, sister-in-law Josephine Covais of Westchester, NY and many special nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St Joseph Catholic Church, Port St Joe, Saturday, April 5 at 12:00 p.m.. Please no flowers. Donations in Joanie's name can be made to Covenant House Hospice, Panama City Florida. A visitation will be held Friday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m. ET at Comforter Funeral Home.
Services are under the direction of Comforter Funeral Home.