Frederick Funeral Home

192-15 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY


Joan Marie Risoli

January 1, 1935March 8, 2020

It is with great sadness – but gratitude for her life and all she did – that we mourn the passing of our mother Joan Risoli. She was the loving wife of the late Michael S. Risoli; devoted daughter to the late Vincent (Jim) and MariaAssunta (Mary) Gassetto; sister to Vincent Gassetto; cherished mother of Susan, Michael, Matthew, and Patricia; adoring grandmother of Alexandra, Julia, Michael, Lucas, and Jane; beloved mother-in-law to Christine; and dear friend to Nicole Ponce and John Davis.

Joan and Mike often joked that theirs was a “long-distance” courtship, made possible by public transportation between Bayside, Queens and College Avenue in the Bronx. His family favored coffee and hers drank tea exclusively. His people were from Naples and her tribe was Calabrese. But they overcame these differences to forge a long marriage full of travel, a shared love of foreign films, and countless holiday dinners where family and friends sat down at a long table laden with Joan’s superb cooking (and coffee meticulously brewed in a traditional stovetop percolator.)

Although they made wonderful memories in their home on Long Island, after Mike’s passing Joan returned to her beloved New York City to care for her aging parents. Though she was in her sixties by then, she started over with determination and zest. She earned a bachelor’s degree, traveled to Europe, worked fulltime into her seventies, and took great pride in cooking and baking (always from scratch) for her growing family. Always she met life with strength and a tireless energy that inspires us.

There will be a wake Thursday March 12 from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Frederick Funeral Home, 192-15 Northern Boulevard, Flushing. Funeral mass 10am at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 215-35 38th Avenue, Bayside. Burial will follow at 12:15 p.m., Calverton National Cemetery.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Visitation Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Committal Service Friday, March 13, 2020


Joan Marie Risoli

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Sandra Brown

March 11, 2020

Joan taught me how to make a pot of coffee and I still make it exactly the same way everyday. I think of Joan's words every morning with the first scoop of coffee. She taught me" First you use Chock full of Nuts coffee, then one scoop of coffee per cup of coffee and one extra scoop of coffee for the pot, perk coffee for 10 min." The best cup of coffee ever and most wonderful memory.
I met Joan and Mike when I was 18 yrs. old, she took me in like family and she never failed me. I loved her and I will miss her.