OBITUARY

Joan Korzeniewski

January 20, 1934March 28, 2021

Joan Korzeniewski (Aunt Joan), 87, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 28, 2021 after a year of frequent visits to the hospital and six months in assisted living. She was born on January 20, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York to Mary and Vincent Korzeniewski and was the oldest of five children. While living in New York, Joan earned her BA Degree in Education and a MS Degree in Educational Administration from St. John’s University, Queens, New York. Following that Joan gave 30 years of her adult life to the service of the Lord as a teacher and a principal in New York and New England. She later moved to Annapolis where she lived for the next 32 years with her sister, Claire, and brother-in-law, Gregory Wellspeak, and their children, John and Mary. During these years in Annapolis, she was employed as a teacher with Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She retired in 2005. Joan loved to travel, always ready for new adventures. Years ago, she spent many summers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, visiting with her mother, her sister, Patricia Thomas, and her niece, Tracy, who is currently married to Jay Fore and has two children, Kristin and Brian. In the winter months of the past several years, she looked forward to vacationing again with Patricia Thomas and her brother-in-law, Ed Thomas. Joan also enjoyed several trips to Shawnee, Kansas to visit her brother, Dennis Korzeniewski, who preceded her in death, his wife, Maryann, and their two sons, Andrew and Brian. In addition to these trips, she also loved spending hours reading and playing with Mary and Matthew Larason’s four children, Jonathan, Rachel, Amelia and Lucille. Family was important to her and she always looked forward to these opportunities. Her favorite pastime at home was working on crossword and word search puzzles. Joan was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a woman of great faith. One of the most memorable things about her was her great devotion to the Blessed Mother. She never let a day go by without saying her rosary. She was active in the parish, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, a Eucharistic Adorer, and as an adult and youth catechist. She always found time to help others and was loved by everyone she met. There is a hole in our hearts knowing that she will not be here to continue to celebrate life with us. However, we believe that she is in a better place and at peace. In heaven, she has been united, not only with her parents and her brother, Dennis, but with her other brother, Michael, as well as other family members. Her wishes were to be cremated and buried in New York with both of her parents. As a result, her interment has yet to be determined. All further information regarding this will be emailed or posted on the webpage of Taylor Funeral Home. Here, you will also be invited to share your memories of Joan and what she meant to your life. Rest in peace, Joan.

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Karen Wellspeak

April 21, 2021

Good morning, Claire

My heart is sad for you all, but I also can imagine all Joan reunions to be with God and her loved ones. Joe and Mom, I know, loved Joan dearly and who didn't. She was one beautiful lady full of grace! I'm grateful I was blessed to know Joan! My prayers are with you all.

Love always,
Karen Wellspeak

Kathleen Vella Ferber

April 21, 2021

This is the first I am hearing of this. I met Joan in Christlife and we always chatted. Once we ran into each other in Giant and had a quick chat. I'm so sorry for your broken heart. I will certainly be at the memorial so I can see you. 💔

Love,
Kathleen

Bonnie Marcil

April 21, 2021

My dear sympathy to you and your family.

God bless,
Bonnie

John and Connie Robinson

April 21, 2021

Dear Claire, Greg and Family:

So sorry to hear that Joan passed away on March 28th. We know there will be a huge void in your lives without her.

Please accept our sincere condolences and love.

Your Friends,
Connie and John

Father Joachim Parron

April 21, 2021

Thank you for your message regarding the passing away of our dear Joan. I am praying for eternal peace and I am also praying for consolation for you and your family. Please keep in touch.

Fr. Joachim Parron cssr

Father Tom Gavin

April 21, 2021

My condolences upon the passing of Joan. I will celebrate the Eucharist for her eternal rest on Friday, April 23rd. May you and your family receive the Peace of the Risen Lord!

Fr. Tom

Karen Wellspeak

April 21, 2021

My heart is sad for you all, but I also can imagine all Joan reunions to be with God and her loved ones. Joe and Mom, I know, loved Joan dearly and who didn't. She was one beautiful Lady full of grace! I'm grateful I was blessed to know Joan! My prayers are with you all, and hope you have a smooth move to Summerville!

Love Always,
Karen Wellspeak

Ingrid Savignac

April 21, 2021

I taught with Joan for about 10 years. We shared our teaching styles and sometimes our frustrations with the administration. We met many times with other good friends Mary Jo cline and Margie Puglesie for lunch and shared our lives. Joan was a wonderful friend. One could depend on her support. She was a religious person and never complained.

We will miss her very much.

Ingrid Savignac

Francis Gargani

April 19, 2021

My deepest sympathy upon the death of Joan.
It was a privilege and joy to accompany her in retreat some years ago at our Redemptorist Retreat Center in New Jersey, San Alfonso. She loved being by the ocean there and took great delight in that week of silence, prayer, reading, and walking the retreat boardwalk looking out on the Atlantic. I know she is in the Communion of Saints streaming God's Light and Love to us all.
Fr. Francis Gargani CSsR

John & Blanche

April 19, 2021

Joan was a wonderful person and she will be missed at St. Mary's. Our prayers for the repose of her soul and for her family at this difficult time.

John & Blanche

FROM THE FAMILY