Joan Ruth Brostoski
October 13, 1933 – March 24, 2019
BROSTOSKI, Joan Ruth was born on October 13, 1933 in Irvington, New Jersey. She worked for a bank for many years before transferring to the Department of Veteran Affairs in East Orange, New Jersey. While at East Orange she worked in various positions within the Medical Administration Service. After 20 years she retired and moved to Seminole, Florida.
In 1962, she had her son Kenneth “KEN”. Joan was very family oriented and very proud of her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
While working in East Orange, she and Barb purchased a camper in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. This was a great investment and bought great joy to both Joan and Barb. They were both happy that they were able to bring their dog, Hobbie.
While in the Pocono’s Joan used to skeet shoot, fish (but would never bait the hook with a worm), swim, as well as many other outdoor activities. Joan enjoyed eating, so we frequented many of the fine restaurants. Her favorite was “Cappuccinos” where we met the chef and his family.
After moving to Seminole, Joan was an avid bowler and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks where she attended Bible Study. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and looked forward to spending time with friends by attending the many social events.
Unfortunately, Joan had many surgeries due to her arthritis and became very limited in her activities. She went from a cane, to a walker and finally was confined to a wheelchair.
She was an avid Country Music fan and traveled to Nashville, Tennessee on two occasions and visited the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium. She was thrilled with these trips as she got to meet many famous Country Music Singers. She also frequented Cape Cod. Massachusetts. Other trips she enjoyed included Las Vegas, Dollywood and Niagara Falls.
As Joan’s disabilities worsened, she was mostly confined to the house. She did enjoy watching football and baseball. She was a big BUCS and RAYS fan. She loved to eat so going out for lunch or dinner was a real treat for her.
She also loved the holidays, especially Christmas where she could spend quality time with family and friends.
Unfortunately in 2016, it became necessary to place her in a nursing home. Although they gave her good care, she always wanted to come home. It was very difficult for Barb to explain to her why she could not go home. Many tears were shed because of this. This past year her condition deteriorated and she was placed under the care of Hospice. She passed away on March24, 2019 at the age of 85 at the Tierra Pines Nursing Homes, Largo. Florida.
She will be sorely missed.
Joan requested that in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to either the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Suncoast Hospice.
- Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch
- St. Jude Children's Hospital
- Suncoast Hospice
- Celebration of Life Thursday, April 11, 2019
- Committal Service Thursday, April 11, 2019
Joan Ruth Brostoski
Gail and Jon Clary
April 5, 2019
To Joan's Family:
Joan was a neighbor and a very good friend. Our deep condolences and prayers go to Barbara and her family. She was a member of our church connection group as well.
We loved visiting her and Barbara and sharing special meals together. Joan loved cooking her sauerkraut with kielbasa and would share it with us. She was so much fun to be around and always had a warm smile for everyone. She told us the story of how her mother made a delicious pie and set it outside on the back porch ledge to cool. Joan could hardly wait to get home from school to enjoy it. As she walked to the porch, she saw a squirrel sitting in the middle of the pie eating it. We laughed until our sides ached picturing that in our minds.
As Joan declined in health we enjoyed playing dominos and talking about her favorite dog, Hobie. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.