On June 9, I lost my best friend, companion and beautiful wife, Joann Louise Marcavage Maile, 82,of Forest City, after a 14-year battle with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson's disease. I married the prettiest girl in the Marcavage family on June 16, 1956, and we would have celebrated our 62nd wedding anniversary next week.
Born in Simpson, daughter of the late Anthony and Cassie Stungis Marcavage, she was a graduate of Fell High School, class of 1952. Following graduation, Joann worked as a bookkeeper for the Big Chief Market, where she met her future husband. Joann was devoted to her family and raised five children, faithfully attending all their school activities including sporting events too numerous to count. She later helped manage the family business, M&M's Variety, and went on to work at Community Bank & Trust in Forest City. She was a loyal friend and enjoyed time with her girlfriends in Friendship Circle and the J&S Club. She especially loved singing with the Community Chorus and the "Golden Girls," a quartet formed with her friends June Arrowsmith, Shirley Pavelchak Wallace and the late Sylvia Sisko. Together they sang in nursing homes and for various community organizations throughout the greater Forest City area. Joann loved going to the casinos and looked forward to the Marcavage family reunion every year. She adored her siblings and their families and often talked fondly about growing up in Simpson, and time spent picking beans with her brothers and sisters. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, but especially by her husband William, who was by her side as she battled her illness for the last 14 years of her life. She was a member of St. Agnes Church in Forest City and the family would like to thank Father Sitko, for providing spiritual support for Joann during her illness.
Surviving are her husband, William; her five children, Charlene McGraw and her husband, Thomas, Forest City; William G. Maile, Simpson; Gary Maile and wife, Tammy, Monroe, Conn.; Kristin Maile and husband, Eric Wesenyak, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; and Jason Maile and wife, Kristin, King of Prussia; three siblings, Christine Kresock, Simpson; Joseph Marcavage, Simpson; and Dolores Defazio, Kearny, N.J. Grandma Joanie is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Erica McGraw Flaherty, Kevin McGraw, Michael McGraw, Lauren Maile, Rachel Maile, Evan Wesenyak, Brody Wesenyak, Rose Maile, Lena Maile and Noelle Maile; and two great-grandchildren, Regis Flaherty and Baby Girl Flaherty, due in September; many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, John and Anthony Marcavage; and three sisters, Marion Boyd, Evelyn DeGonge and Arlene Gatto.
The funeral will be Wednesday with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Michael's Church, Midland Street, Simpson. Entombment will follow at Our Mother of Sorrows Mausoleum, Finch Hill. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Jones & Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main St., Forest City. All those attending the funeral Wednesday are asked to go directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047; or The Make-A-Wish Foundation, 327 N. Washington Ave., Suite 501. Scranton, PA 18503.
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