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Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave, East Hartford, CT

OBITUARY

Joanne Varca Powers

October 9, 1946June 10, 2019

Joanne Varca Powers, known to her family and friends as “JoJo” passed away at home surrounded by her family. This “Precious” pint- size powerhouse loved her family, spending time with friends, gardening, music, the color pink and anything that sparkles. She is survived by her mother Virginia, three children; Ginger, Richie and Ronnie, sisters; Jeanne and Janet, brother; Jimmy and six grandchildren; Matthew, Miranda, Ryan, Richie, Lexi and Rachel. Joanne was preceded in death by her father Hank, stepfather Alphy and brother, Henry. Joanne touched the hearts and lives of so many in her 72 years and will be greatly missed. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, 11am, at the Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home, 318 Burnside Avenue, East Hartford, CT 06108. A calling hour will precede the service from 10-11am at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.newkirkandwhitney.com

Services

15 June

Calling Hours

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave
East Hartford, Connecticut 06108

15 June

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Newkirk & Whitney Funeral Home

318 Burnside Ave
East Hartford, Connecticut 06108

Memories

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Connie Giambalvo

June 15, 2019

Just wanted to say my Deep Sympathy to Aunt Ginny and Joanne's family...this is a very difficult time for you all.My last memory of Joanne was when she lovingly came to Plainview Long Island for my Mom's wake with Aunt Ginny(my Godmother)My Mom was her Aunt Mary(Hank)was her brother.I was really touched by that.Joanne was my cousin...God Rest her Soul++++Love and Prayers Connie

Rose Guilbault

June 15, 2019

Prayers for everyone , Joanne was a beautiful person , filled with strength, happiness and love, she was giving and always put a smile on ones face she was a true friend to many people. She really knew how to live life and enjoy everyday, Rest in peace. You will always be in my thoughts and will be missed by many. Rose Guilbault

Donna Gruber

June 15, 2019

I wish I could share a memory but there are too many amazing ones to pick from. I can only say that the best birthday I ever had was with you and your Mom and Nancy Bearse when you took me on a mystery ride and we wound up on a ferry to Long Island. Oh wait...how can I forget the mint juleps? Or the Murder Mysteries or tea parties or Boston for the Star Trek convention with Elaine? No, too many. I love you. The Night sky is brighter now with you shining up there. Til we meet again

Theresa Lawrence-Martin

June 13, 2019

I'll always remember Jo's smile and laughter over the years I worked with her, and beyond. May she rest in peace. Your family is in my prayers and thoughts at this time.

Nancy Eaton

June 12, 2019

Your smile and laughter is SO missed at work. I'll remember your amazement at what I concocted for lunch, my artwork (thanks for spurring me on), your solar animals still happily move under your lamp on your desk (albeit a little bit less joyful. They must feel our loss, too.) Prayers for Virginia, Ginger, Matt and the rest of your family... miss you my friend. Give Missy a hug. She'll need one. Love you...

Lenore (Sacco) Miller

June 12, 2019

With Aunt Ginny as my Godmother, Joanne and my brother Rickey engaged at 6, living across the street and seeing the family daily the first 10 years of my life, and the love shared between the families, how could I not think of Joanne as family? It was a blessing to have close contact the past few years, even though through media. My heart and prayers go out to all. May she rest in peace.
Lenore

Philip Sacco

June 12, 2019

I grew up living across the street from the Varcas and always thought Joanne and my brother Rick were going to get married. He brother Henry and I were close as kids, even sharing beer on the street curb at 4 and 5.

While my family moved away when I was 5, my mom and her mom remained constant friends thru the years. It has only been in recent years thru Facebook that my life and that of Joannes touched once again.

Joanne was a wonderful, friendly person, full of life and love. I will remember her with fondness.

Mary Jane Graves

June 12, 2019

Joanne was one of my daughter Lisa's best friends. She used to babysit Lisa's children Rachel and Leigh. She would crack me up when she would refer to herself as "a forty-two toddler" size wise. My deepest sympathies, Lisa's mother, Mary Jane.

Laurie Bloom

June 12, 2019

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our beautiful cousin, Joanne. She was a lovely person in every way, vibrant, joyful and generous. She will be greatly missed. Our hearts and prayers are with her, our Aunt Virginia, her children and sisters. We know she is with the angels and that we will see her again.

With love,
Laurie and the Bloom Family

Donna Bolin

June 12, 2019

JoJo I will miss you and think of you daily. I was so blessed to have worked with you so long and be your friend. Your chair and your presence could never be filled. I love you my dear friend. You hold a special place in my heart. My condolences to the family.

FROM THE FAMILY