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Joanne Joey M Avella

November 22, 1954August 1, 2018
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Joanne M Avella (Joey), age 63, of St Pete Beach, Florida passed away on Wednesday August 1, 2018. Joanne was born November 22, 1954 in Flushing, NY to parents William and Jean (Gangemi) Avella. Joanne held 2 Masters degrees, and taught mathematics and served as principal of Matawan Middle School. As a math teacher in both New York and New Jersey, Joanne inspired her students and created a love of learning. People that knew Joanne will never forget her laugh, her love of life and her personal conviction to stand for what she believed was right. She is survived by siblings Carol, Pasquale, and Theresa. May Joanne rest in peace today, with the love of all those who knew her. Her life serves as a testament that she fought a good fight, she kept the faith and now there is a reward ready for her in heaven with the Lord. Joanne would tell people, "be kind, have fun". This was her life philosophy. Donations may be made to SuncoastHospice.org. A gathering of friends for Joanne will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Beach Memorial Chapel, 301 Corey Ave, St Pete Beach FL 33706. A life celebration service will begin at 2:00 PM. A reception gathering will follow service conclusion. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beachmemorialchapel.com for the Avella family.

  • FAMILY

  • Pasquale Avella, Brother
  • Carol Penkal, Sister
  • Theresa Avella, Sister

Services

  • Gathering of Friends Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Life Celebration Service Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Reception Gathering Saturday, August 4, 2018
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Joanne Joey M Avella

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Judy Harrell

August 18, 2018

To the Avella Family -

My heartfelt condolences for the loss of Joanne.
I will always carry the memory of you in my heart Joanne.
So many memories in the last four years of the good times here on St Pete beach, FL to mention.
You enriched our lives with your wit, humor, wisdom and intelligence.
We all miss you so much and will keep your spirit alive forever and a day.

Judy Harrell


Lisa Caputo

August 6, 2018

I met Joanne when I was a student at St. Agnes High School in College Point. I was 17 and at a point where my path could have taken the wrong turn. Joanne inspired me to study and went out on a limb and in order to interest me in what she had to say, she challenged me in a game of handball. My academic life took a turn after Joanne became a part of my life! I will always be grateful for the time she took to help me. Joanne was a loving, kind soul. She will never be forgotten. Rest easy my friend. I know our paths will cross again one day.

Nancy Colaci

August 5, 2018

I met Joanne through mutual friends approximately 10 years ago. We became instant friends and stayed in touch over the years. Joanne was a kind, compassionate, intelligent, fun-loving person and I will always cherish our visits whether it was in NJ, Orlando, St Pete Beach or Costa Rica which was just 3 years ago! I am heartbroken at her passing. My condolences to her family and everyone who's hearts she touched. Godspeed.

Yolanda and Ed (Chip) Avella

August 4, 2018

May God and all angels welcome her beautiful soul in Heaven. We loved her very much!

Tere Episale

August 4, 2018

Condolences, Joanne Avella may you rest in peace. You will always be remembered in my heart as an amazing, intelligent, funny, empathetic, the list goes on and on. You and I successfully listed and sold "that house that wouldn't sell"..I was Blessed to have you as my real estate partner. Whatever you did, you gave it your all including your fight for life. God speed my friend!

Beth Ruffilo/Contaldi

August 4, 2018

Just thinking of Joanne conjures up the sound of roaring laughter. She could name that tune and sing along with me at work. I loved her nickname for me...B ditty. She cherished her family and friends and was kind, smart, joyous, and will be missed.

Ronald Gonella

August 4, 2018

Dear Carol and Teri,
I've already written two pieces on Facebook to share with the students we both taught at St. Agnes
I tried to describe the special moments of both fun & interaction we shared at the shore, in upstate New York, and in St. Pete this past winter, So unsettling that that all has had come to this sad end.
I only received the news yesterday morning. I did share it with former colleagues as we gathered for our monthly lunch yesterday afternoon. With a bit more notice I would've liked to join you today for the service. Know that I am with you in spirit as you find your way through this difficult period.
I will make a donation to Suncoast Hospice and to the Ocean Conservancy in her memory.
Stay well, love, Ron

Susanne Fitzpatrick

August 4, 2018

Hi Cugina. It is I. My dearest Cousin, sister, best friend... We spent a lifetime talking about everything except when this day would come. My heart is shattered; forever broken. I guess I will have to use the memories we shared; and I will need each and every single one of them, to glue the pieces of my heart together. Love you. Love you more. Love you forever.

Charles McKay

August 4, 2018

Joanne and I worked together in Vernon Township a few years back. She was the Math Supervisor and I was the LA/English Supervisor. It was a pleasure to work with her and she always reminded me there was more to life than working - something that was brought home watching the wonderful video of her life. She enjoyed people and saw the best in them - what a wonderful quality . . .


She will be missed by us here in Vernon...

Chuck Mckay

Nanci Calderwood

August 4, 2018

I only got to know Joanne for a short time, but it was incredibly easy to connect with her and fall in love with her. My heartfelt condolences to all her family and friends for your enormous loss. She was a true gem. Love and comfort to you all.
Nanci
(Dr. Pappas’s office)

Biography

Joanne M Avella (Joey), age 63, of St Pete Beach, Florida passed away on Wednesday August 1, 2018. Joanne was born November 22, 1954 in Flushing, NY to parents William and Jean (Gangemi) Avella. Joanne held 2 Masters degrees, and taught mathematics and served as principal of Matawan Middle School. As a math teacher in both New York and New Jersey, Joanne inspired her students and created a love of learning. People that knew Joanne will never forget her laugh, her love of life and her personal conviction to stand for what she believed was right. She is survived by siblings Carol, Pasquale, and Theresa. May Joanne rest in peace today, with the love of all those who knew her. Her life serves as a testament that she fought a good fight, she kept the faith and now there is a reward ready for her in heaven with the Lord. Joanne would tell people, "be kind, have fun". This was her life philosophy. Donations may be made to SuncoastHospice.org. A gathering of friends for Joanne will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Beach Memorial Chapel, 301 Corey Ave, St Pete Beach FL 33706. A life celebration service will begin at 2:00 PM. A reception gathering will follow service conclusion. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beachmemorialchapel.com for the Avella family.