Mrs. Joanne Marie Tomazic

05/07/1947 - 05/11/2023


Joanne Marie Tomazic, 76, of Bracey Virginia, formerly of Forest City, Pennsylvania, died of pancreatic cancer on Thursday May 11, 2023 at home with her husband of 53 years, James Tomazic, at her side. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Doris (Perkins) Tortolini. Joanne was a 1966 graduate of the Beverly High School, Beverly, MA and a 1969 graduate of the Catherine Laboure School of Nursing, Dorchester, MA. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a Registered Nurse at Northeastern Community Health Care, Jermyn, PA. She later held various roles at Lackawanna College, Scranton, PA, Friendship House, Scranton, PA and Stage Stores, Inc., South Hill, VA. While attending nursing school, she met the love of her life, Jim, who was serving in the US Navy, at a dance on St. Patrick’s Day. From that day forward, they built a life together with shared passions for family, community and volunteerism. During her life, Joanne was an active member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Ebony, VA, where she served on the Finance Committee. She also served as Homeowner’s Association Secretary for the Joyceville Community at Lake Gaston and was a member of the Red Hat Society. In Forest City, she was a long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and received the Saint Cecilia Award for 20 years of service as a liturgical musician. While her children were in school, she was active in 4-H and served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Forest City Regional Elementary Home-School Association. She took great pride in being organized and committed to doing what she said she would do. No challenge was too great. She took everything in stride and always found a way to get things done. She enjoyed reading, cooking, music, gardening, sewing and traveling. She was never afraid to try new things and had a passion for learning. Most of all, she was a devoted, caring and loving wife, mother and friend who will be truly missed and forever cherished by all those whose lives she touched. Surviving are her husband: James Tomazic, Bracey VA; her daughter, Karen Henry and her husband Christopher of Durham, NC; her two sons: Michael Tomazic of Durham, NC and Jeffrey Tomazic and his wife Heather of Honesdale, PA and her four siblings: Paul Tortolini of Chesapeake, VA, Donna Roberts of Gloucester, MA, Karen Eaton of Gloucester, MA, and James Tortolini of Beverly, MA. She was preceded in death by her sister, Marsha Keen-Tortolini. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Ebony, VA. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be made through our website, Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Tomazic family.

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  1. Friend

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Joanne and I were friends in Beverly High School & we remained friends while in nursing school, even though we studied at different ones in Boston. She always had a beautiful smile and kind words for everyone. I felt so sad when I read that she suffered from Pancreatic Cancer. My brother, Tripp, died from this horrible disease at 63. May all your happy memories give you peace during this difficult time in your lives! She will always be with you!
    Love & Prayers, Jeanne (Sutherland) Michael

  2. Dear Jim and family,
    I was so sorry to hear about Joanne’s passing. I shared many happy years singing next to her on St. Joseph’s choir. She also used to come over my house to get her hair cut. I remember Joanne as being a very warm, caring person who always had a smile on her face. Although we lost touch throughout the years, I’ve thought of her often and will always consider her a very special friend. Please know that my heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time, and my thoughts and prayers are with you always.

  3. Dear Jim and family,
    So sorry to read about Joanne’s passing. She was always so active in our school, community and church. She was such a blessing! I enjoyed singing with her on our church choir!
    Please know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Bernice Simoncic Lukus

  4. Friend of family

    Jim, Karen, Mike & Jeff,
    How blessed you were to have such an amazing wife & mother. I am not blood and yet Joanne always treated me as such. So many wonderful memories: swimming at Kennedy Lake & Lackawanna State Park, endless badminton in the back yard, trips to Knoebel’s, dance recitals, band concerts, planning Karen’s shower/wedding and more choir and chorus rehearsals than I can possibly count. Joanne will always be in my heart and in my prayers. Thank you all for playing such a big role in my happy childhood. It meant more than I could possible express here.
    God Bless, Mary Bridget

  5. I am so truly saddened by the loss of Aunt Joanne. She has kept me grounded and guided me through so much. She will truly be missed. We are sending prayers to all of her beloved family during this time of grief.
    Love John, Jamie, Mercedes & Isabella Jefferson

  6. With Deepest Sympathy

    Jim and Family
    May the love of God surround you during this time of sorrow.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. We are sorry that we are unable to be with you at this time.
    Buzz and Barbara

  7. So very for your loss


    I was so saddened to open the paper this morning and see that Joanne had passed away.
    I’m searching for words but I cannot bring any more than Sorry for your loss.

    Dave Smith

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