Joanne Theresa Tartaro

March 23, 1951November 5, 2020
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Joanne Theresa Tartaro, 69, a resident of the Las Vegas area, passed away on November 5th 2020 at Nathan Adelson Hospice after a month- long battle following a severe stroke.

She was born on March 23rd 1951, in Brooklyn, NY to Anthony and Carmela Viola. At age 24, Joanne was married to Louis Tartaro, her beloved partner for life, until his death in 2012. After graduating from high school, Joanne went on to work for the Federal Government in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) until her retirement in 2011. At the time of her death, Joanne was the President of the St. Clare’s Women’s Guild at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and was very active in the community. Joanne loved to travel, knit, eat good food and spend time with family & friends.

She is survived by her daughter Jennifer, who lives in the Southern California area. The two shared an extremely close and unbreakable bond. Funeral Services will be held 3-7pm, November 23rd at Palm Mortuary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on November 24th at 10am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Burial will be held at 12pm at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Boulder City, Nevada.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.



23 November


3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Palm Southwest Mortuary

7979 W. Warm Springs Rd.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89113

24 November

Funeral Service

10:00 am

St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church

2300 Sunridge Heights Pkwy
Henderson, Nevada 89052

24 November

Graveside Service

12:00 pm

Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery

1900 Veterans Memorial Drive
Boulder City, Nevada 89005

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Jane McEvoy

November 23, 2020

When you left, you took a piece of my heart. You taught me so much, including patience and compassion. You were succinct in your words, yet said so much, with conviction and truth. Although I did not know you all my life, it seems as though I did. I will carry your memory with me until we meet again.

Angie Reiss

November 22, 2020

Joanne we have only known each other for a few short years but you were our social director by planning outings and other activities. As President of the St. Francis of Assisi Women's Guild, you had great inspirations and expectations for a successful year. I will miss my room mate on our trips. Don't worry about Jenn, we the hummingbirds, will always be here for her.

Mary Terrance

November 22, 2020

Joanne, Even though I was at your side when you left us, there's still a part of me having a hard time believing it has happened. I so admired your calm manner despite managing so much at the same time. That inspired me to want to help you; and in your way, you directed exactly what was needed to fulfill your many accomplishments. You are already so missed.

Jenn, like your Mom, direct myself and those who love your Mom to do what is necessary to help you through this.

God Bless,

Carmen Ouellette

November 22, 2020


1975 was one of the best years of my life. It was the year I met your Mom... so many memories, so many wonderful times. 45 years ...seems like only yesterday we were sitting in a Long Island Railroad car meeting for the first time. There is a hole in my heart💔and an even bigger one in my life that can never be filled. She was the best friend anyone could ever hope to have. I was blessed to have her in my life. She’s with your Dad now and together they will watch over you. Love you...

Carmen a/k/a Tagliente

Laura Williams

November 22, 2020

Jenn, my deepest sympathy to you. Your mom was a dear friend and I will always remember the times I was lucky enough to spend with her. God bless, Laura.

Kevin Viola

November 21, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Joanne. In this difficult time stay strong.
Love always,
Kevin and Michael

Manny Ruiz

November 13, 2020

Dear Jennifer,
“At this difficult time in your life, we pray that God will grant you the peace that you need to get through this. Sincere condolences!”
Manny ( mailman ) 🙏🙏🙏❤️

Barbara Beckmann

November 11, 2020

So sorry Jennifer...🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💔💔💔💔😢😢😢😢

Newton Moore

November 10, 2020

Joanne usually spoke the least but was always the one to be heard. A brilliant, warm , honest , friend to those fortunate enough to be in her home, at her table or in her company for any event or reason. She will be missed here, while, no doubt, her adoring Louie is ringing the welcome bell for her rightful place at his side again at heaven’s gate. Jen, you have all of us Marines from Golf Co., 2/9 ,( your dad’s combat outfit), to call on at anytime you need. We loved them both as they loved us! God Bless & Keep you , now & forever. Joyce, Newton, Jon & Tara Moore

Dana & Karen Licata Szoke

November 9, 2020

Dearest Jenn,

Our deepest prayers and hearts are with you. May peace & God's light shine upon your beautiful mother. Sending you so much love & prayers for comfort, healing and strength. We love you.

Dana & Karen


Joanne Theresa Tartaro was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, she was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Joanne knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in their lives.

Joanne was born on March 23, 1951 at Samaritan Hospital in Brooklyn, New York to Anthony and Carmela Viola. Joanne was raised in Bellmore, NY with her older brother, John. Even as a young girl, Joanne learned to be objective and decisive. In school, Joanne was a model student who put all of her effort in her classes. A logical and focused thinker, she was always good at following directions and meeting her schedules, whether they were set by her teachers or were self-imposed. Joanne’s personal motto could well have been, “Do it right the first time.” She graduated from Wellington C. Mepham High School in 1969. During her time there, she participated in Pep Club, Senior Sales, and Secretarial Practice.

Joanne was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She wasn’t afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to stick to the task at hand. While growing up, some of her best friends were Eileen Mistretta, Linda Dolise Mastroianni, and Angie Galli. Later in life, she became friends with Carmen, Annie, Jane, Merri, and Mikki.

On May 11, 1974 Joanne exchanged wedding vows with Louis Tartaro at St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Bellmore, NY. One of Joanne’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends. Joanne was also a wonderful mother who was ever watchful of her daughter, Jennifer. She maintained a firm hand in her upbringing and was deeply concerned for her development as she grew up.

Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Joanne was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Joanne was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Joanne upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was as an Inspector for OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. She was employed for about 40 years. Joanne was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

Joanne approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were gambling, knitting, and spending time with family and friends. Joanne was also involved with the St. Clare of Assisi’s Women’s Guild where she served as President and worked on the annual derby, and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for eight years.

When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Joanne used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Joanne had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included Italy, Greece, Hawaii, Paris, Amsterdam, London, and Australia.

Joanne passed away on November 5, 2020 at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, Nevada after a long battle following a severe stroke. She is survived by her loving daughter, Jennifer. Services were held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Henderson, NV. Joanne was laid to rest at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, NV.

All who knew her would agree that Joanne was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Joanne Theresa Tartaro did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.

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