Joanne M Annas

March 22, 1928October 13, 2021

ANNAS, Joanne Marie (Shovlin) 93

of Audubon and Berwyn, PA, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2021. Born in Mt. Carmel, PA, Joanne graduated from West Catholic Girls High School, Immaculata University (Music, Class of 1949), and later earned a Master’s degree in Music Theory from Temple University. A lifelong musician, Joanne was the organist and choir director for over 40 years at St. Colman’s Parish in Ardmore. She provided the music for numerous weddings and other services at churches throughout the area and taught piano. She belonged to the American Guild of Organists and was an avid member of the Great Valley Women’s Club.

Joanne and her husband Carl met in Ocean City, NJ, during college, and were married in 1950 at Villanova Chapel. Joanne, Carl and their family lived in Green Bay, WI, and Edina, MN, for 17 years before returning to PA in 1970 and settling in Berwyn. Ocean City remained a favorite yearly destination for the family, and the couple also enjoyed traveling in Europe and the British Isles. Joanne loved her various pet cats, a glass of Chardonnay, and watching the sunset over Valley Forge Park.

Joanne was the beloved wife of the late Carl J. Annas Jr., loving mother of Mary Beth Myers (Philip), Carl J. Annas III (Margo), Christopher Annas, Michael Annas (Mary), and Jeanne McCarthy (John). Loving Nana of Brian Myers (Kelley), Christopher Myers, Jennifer Annas (Zach Gerber), Amanda D’Elia (Tony), Jeffrey Annas, Jessica Tiagwad (Matthew), Haley Andreone (Kevin), Patrick Annas, Ellen Annas, Matthew McCarthy (Kristy), Brendan McCarthy, and Meghan McCarthy. Dear great-grandmother of Evelyn, Kathryn and Mason Myers, Olivia Gerber, Ava and Anthony D’Elia, and Owen McCarthy. Joanne was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Shovlin, and sister of the late Sister Regina Cecilia IHM.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate her life at St. Isaac Jogues Church in Wayne on Friday, October 22. Visitation from 9 AM until 10 AM, followed by the funeral Mass. Interment private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joanne’s memory may be made to Immaculata University, Department of Music.


22 October

Funeral Mass @ St. Isaac Jogues Parish

St. Issac Jogues Parish

50 W. Walker Road
Wayne, PA 19087


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Mary Ellen Hay

October 16, 2021

Our deepest condolences to all our Annas Cousins. Your mom, our Aunt Joanne was always kind and loving whenever we saw her at our family reunions and other events. She was loved by the whole Wrynn Family from New York. She can look forward to joining our mom, Judy who left us on September 30th up in heaven. Our hearts go out to you all; Carl, Mike, Chris , MaryBeth and Jeanne. She will be deeply missed by us all. We love you all.

Michelle Annas

October 15, 2021

CJ, Mary Beth, Chris, Mike, Jeannie, and families,

I am so very sorry for your loss. Aunt Joanne was a wonderful person who will be missed. I have many memories of our visits during holidays and reunions. I will keep you all in my prayers! Rest in peace Aunt Joanne.

Your cousin Michelle

Doris Recktenwald

October 14, 2021

I am saddened by Joanne’s passing. I was with her at the Shannondell Catholic service where she professionally played the piano every Sunday. On Sunday, October 10th we had coffee in the Shannondell Living room and had a wonderful conversation. She was so happy and sparkling, I can’t believe she is gone!

My love, sympathy and prayers for her beautiful family!

Love, Doris Recktenwald