Joan H. Wilson

June 5, 1950January 12, 2013
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Joan Hyde Wilson, 62, passed away on January 12, 2013 at her home in Davie, Florida, surrounded by her loving family. A wake, celebrating her life, will be held on Thursday, January 17, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a service at 7:30 pm at Forest Lawn Funeral Home South in Davie. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 18, at St. David Catholic Church in Davie.

Joan was born in Albany, New York to Bernard and Marcella Hyde on June 5, 1950. She and her eight siblings attended Holy Family Catholic School in North Miami. She graduated from Monsignor Pace High School in Opa-locka in 1968.

She began her career with Southern Bell in 1968 as a service representative for business accounts. She later became a manager in the coin phone division, and was promoted to residence staff in 1978. It was at work that she met her future husband, Jay Wilson. They were married in 1976. She left work in 1980 to raise her children. As her own children grew older, she began working as a caretaker for the children of her church, her neighborhood, and her extended family.

Joan was a devoted wife and loving mother, sister, aunt, godmother, cousin, and friend. She loved watching old movies, talking with her sisters on the phone and attending University of Miami football games with her husband and children. Joan is preceded in death by her parents and her brother John Hyde. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Jay, her sons Jim (daughter in law, Maggie) and Bill, and her daughter Cathy. She also leaves her dear siblings Bernard Hyde (Nancy), Thomas Hyde (Christine), Nancy Juriga (Laurence), Mary Ellen Ross (Samuel), Dennis Hyde (June), James Hyde, and Kathleen Hyde In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. David Catholic School, Davie, FL.

The Wilson family extends their gratitude to the doctors and support staff at the Moffett Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida whose exemplary care gave us two more precious years with our Joan. The family would also like to thank the doctors and staff of VITAS Hospice Care for their kind attention to Joan in her final days. Finally, Jay, Jim, Bill and Cathy want to thank Joan’s selfless siblings for their unceasing love and support through this most challenging time.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 17, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 18, 2013

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February 7, 2013

Deepest sympathy for your loss. Joan will be greatly missed. My prayers are with you at the difficult time. Rose Trowbridge.

Bonnie (Hershman) Hass

January 28, 2013

So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

January 26, 2013

So sorry to hear about the passing of your wife, Jay. Diane Berman (67)

Tamara Demko

January 22, 2013

Joan and the whole family have been enrolled for one year in daily mass and prayer services, including a continuous novena of Divine Mercy, through the Association of Marian Helpers. Sending you love and prayers.

January 20, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family during your time of sadness, but knowing your family this will be a celebration of life. I will always remember spending time with your happy family and all the smiles you have brought to my life. Bill and I wish we could have been there to celbrate Joans life but we are with you in spirit.
Bill and Christina Lerch

Jay Rudko

January 20, 2013

My deepest condolences to you and your family, Jay. Very sad.

January 19, 2013

Our most heartfelt condolences for the loss of your Joan. Although, we may not have known Joan personally, we are all too familiar with the pain of losing a loved one or dear friend. You will be in our thoughts.

Alan Koshar ('67) and Emma Acosta Koshar ('66)

Jamey Ballo

January 19, 2013

Joan Wilson (Joanie) was the most wonderful, warm and caring person I've ever had the privilege to know. I'm deeply saddened to hear of her passing, and I wanted to express my deepest sympathies to the family. Joan will always be remembered for the important role she played in both mine and my two brothers early development. If only she could see us now, she'd be so proud.

Joan was the kind of person who lived for those she loved, and those she loved remember. My family is forever grateful for the person Joan was, and our hearts are with the family in this time of sorrow.

Jillana Ballo

January 19, 2013

Joan was a very inspirational and loved person to our family. She took care of my siblings Jamey Ballo, Vance Ballo, and Nick Russo. She played a role in their early childhood and would be so proud to see what they have accomplished and for that my mother Donna Russo (Ballo) is forever grateful. My prayers go out to Jay, Jim, Bill, and Cathy. She was an angel here on earth and for that she will be forever missed and loved.

Jillana Ballo

January 19, 2013

Joan was a very important and inspirational person to my family. She took care of my siblings Jamey Ballo, Vance Ballo, and Nick Russo. She was a part in their early development and for that I know my mother Donna Russo(Ballo) is forever grateful. She always put others first and loved helping out in her church community. St. David Catholic School is a small tight nit family and we all our in mourning, but know she was an angel here on earth and will be looking over all of us. I extend my prayers to her husband Jay and her three children. My grandparents Judy and Mike Macherone, also thank her for all the wonderful things she did for our family. She will be missed and always remembered. Love, Jillana Ballo