October 30, 1930 – December 19, 2019
Joan Rebholz, a 54-year resident of Copiague, L.I., died Thursday, December 19th at the age of 89 years.
Joan was born in Queens to her late parents, Edwin and Margaret (nee Ryan) Seidel. She was raised in Queens, and after her schooling worked in the payroll department of Ideal Toys on Jamaica Avenue. She met a young man by the name of Robert Rebholz, who was employed there as a model maker, and friendship blossomed. Joan and Robert married, and settled for a while in Queens. With a job change for Robert, they moved to Philadelphia where their first son, Raymond, was born. The family made another move to New Jersey, welcoming their second son, Stephen, and a few months later in 1964, made a final move to their home in Copiague.
Joan remained at home to raise her sons, then re-entered the workforce, beginning a long career with Copiague Public Schools. She began at Scudder Avenue School as a cafeteria aide, and then rose to Receptionist at Great Neck Road and Susan E. Wiley schools. Later, after taking required exams, she became Secretary and Senior Stenographer in the Guidance Department at (the then) Copiague High School.
Her son, Stephen, remembers his Mom as the “sweetest and toughest woman I’ve ever met”, recalling the strength his mother had in tough times, with a love for her family where she instilled in them the values of life, love and faith. Joan supported Stephen for many years as he coached Copiague basketball. She served as “co-pilot” to her daughter-in-law, Jodi, as they attended all of the games Stephen led. Her caring for others was never more evident in the love she gave to so many boys who were members of the basketball team, and how much she received in return.
When she had downtime, Joan enjoyed being at the Copiague Library where she was a member of book discussions and craft classes. She had a close-knit group of former co-workers who became friends, and called themselves the “housewives club”. These ladies looked forward to meeting at local restaurants to catch up with one another, and it was an event Joan so enjoyed. She had an affection for Tanner Park, where she would sit by the water and read; and where her sons recall her motto of “throwing your troubles in the bay.” During a brief stay at the Bristal, Joan loved to play their version of volleyball. Joan was a faithful member of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, where she was a member of the Rosarians.
In addition to her parents, Joan is predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert. Surviving are her sons – Raymond and her daughter-in-law, Deidre; and Stephen and her daughter-in-law, Jodi; her granddaughter, Angharad Rebholz and her husband, Michael Blaakman; and her grandson, Jameson Rebholz.
Family and friends will gather at the funeral home on Sunday, December 22 from 2:00-4:30 and 7:00-9:30 p.m. At 8:00 p.m., Deacon Phil Mills will offer the Catholic Wake Service. The Funeral Mass will be offered on Monday at 9:45 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Copiague. Interment will follow at Pinelawn Memorial Park.
- Visitation Sunday, December 22, 2019
- Catholic Wake Service Sunday, December 22, 2019
- Funeral Mass Monday, December 23, 2019
- Interment Monday, December 23, 2019
December 27, 2019
Joan was such a great lady to have at our book discussions. I am glad that I knew her and am so sorry to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family.
December 26, 2019
Joan and I shared many happy conversations at the local beauty parlor and book club sessions. When we did crafts at the library she made me smile because she always added her "Joan" touch to make her craft a little different. She was a lovely, caring woman and will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to the Rebholz family.
Jeanine Pennekamp (Aiello)
December 22, 2019
Stephen, Jodi, and all the Rebholz family,
Your mom was a light - an amazing, beautiful person who will be so very missed.
I was visiting my mom before Thanksgiving and am so happy we stopped by to say hi to your mom one afternoon. We had such a good time chatting with her. As we were walking out the door leaving, I turned back to wave goodbye and she blew me a kiss and I blew her one back. I will always remember that.
Our moms have been blessed to have had such a loving, special friendship for so many wonderful years. Please know how truly sorry I am and send my heartfelt sympathy to all of you.
December 22, 2019
Mrs. Rebholz was so generous, kind and caring. She always had a smile and would say just the right thing to cheer you up. Whenever I saw her in the office or at a store, she would ask how my family was doing. You will always be in our hearts.
December 21, 2019
Mrs. Rebholz was such a lovely neighbor for nearly 50 years . Always had a smile and a kind word.
December 21, 2019
Sweetest Mom a human being could ever hope to have! I’m grateful to God for Blessing me as your son. We’re left heartbroken but filled with such loving, cherished memories! Thanks for everything Mom! I’ll miss and love you forever! God Bless your soul! I love you!
December 21, 2019
Matriarch of Copiague Basketball.