D'Esopo Funeral Chapel

277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT


Norman Robert Joanis

October 28, 1930January 30, 2020

Norman Robert Joanis, 89, of Wethersfield passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family January 30, 2020. Born in Hartford on October 28, 1930, he worked as a tile setter, carpenter, and jack of all trades. He leaves behind the love of his life of sixty-three years, Marie Ferrero Joanis. Norman and Marie were absolutely inseparable. He also leaves behind his three children he was so proud of, a son, Steven Joanis and two daughters, Germaine Devanney and Kim Joanis, as well as his loving grandchildren, Thomas Devanney, Ryan Devanney and wife Meredith, Angela Commisso and husband Ryan, Stephanie Joanis, Christopher Joanis, Haley Joanis and Nathaniel Sidlik and his great grandchildren who kept a sparkle in his eyes and a smile on his face, Mason and Jameson Joanis, Caylin and Ryan Commisso, Logan and Kyle Devanney. Norman will also be missed by many loving nieces and nephews who all adored him. “Poppy,” as everyone called him in his tight knit family, will live in all of our hearts forever. Funeral services will begin on Monday (February 3) at 9 a.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Parish (Corpus Christi Church), 601 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends and family may call on Sunday from 12-3 p.m. at the funeral chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations in Norman’s memory may be made to VITAS Hospice, 628 Hebron Avenue, Suite 300, Glastonbury, CT 06033. To share a memory of Norman with his family, please visit www.desopofuneralchapel.com.


  • Calling Hours Sunday, February 2, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, February 3, 2020


Norman Robert Joanis

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Stephanie Joanis

February 1, 2020

“Daddy isn’t defined as the man who makes the child, but rather a man who extends his hands and times to help with the child’s raising and his heart to love the child through anything! Being a daddy comes from the heart... any fool can make a baby, it takes a man to raise a child!”
You may not have been my actual father but you raised and treated me as if I were your own. Same as my own son. The only father each of us will ever know. Words cannot express all of the things you taught us, all of the events you have attended for us, and all the family vacations you have joined. In all the years I have spent on this Earth there are not many days spent without seeing you or sharing a meal. It will never be the same but your memories will live on in my heart forever.

Tom Devanney

February 1, 2020

Breaks my heart to see a such a good man go, while it's so hard to say goodbye, it's so awesome that even now he makes me smile. How many 12 year olds get to have grandpa teach them how to weld? The hours i spent in the basement over the years learning how to build your own guitar amp, how to play guitar and how to slow down and learn how to enjoy what ever is in front of you. He was able to look at a task as something to do rather than a task. He was without a doubt a Jack of all trades. The patents he has on things know one else thought of. Seeing him turn nothing into something over and over will always stay with me always. Watching grampa fly a homemade kite so high we worried a plane would hit it simply because it was fun and there probably wasn't much going on that day. I cant think of my grampa without cracking a smile.

He did it right....

Steve & Nancy Devanney

February 1, 2020

To the entire family and my special sister Gerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. The love he had for his wife, children, grand children and great grand children will live on forever in all of his memories and all of your hearts. May he rest in peace, Amen and God Bless you all.

Gerry Devanney

February 1, 2020

My dad was a man of very few words that was never really interested in material things.
His story of his childhood always saddened me, but made me realize that , that is what shaped him into the man he turned out to be.
He built a life that was surrounded by love instead of materialistic things, that showed in his relationship with my mom. They had a love and commitment to each other that was so rare.
The greatest joy in his life were his grandchildren and great grandchildren, I will always remember the smile on his face when they came through the door to visit.
One of many stories I would like to share because I think that it is such an important life lesson for his family, and it shows who my dad truly was. A few years back dad was in the hospital on his Birthday, I bought a cake, and had a little birthday party for him with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He sat quietly with that wonderful smile on his face just watching his babies running around , after awhile he turned to my mom and said “ Marie , as he was pointing to all his babies, just look at what we made, and how lucky we are.
Dad taught us many life lessons, but I think this one is the most important, and should be carried on through the next generations to honor, what he held as the most important thing in his life, “ LOVE”.
Even though right now my heart is breaking, I am so lucky to have endless memories to keep him alive in my heart forever. And so many stories to pass on to my grandchildren who are my greatest joy and blessing.

Kathleen Callahan

February 1, 2020


You are probably the funniest person I know. You loved to tease. Your laugh was wonderful.

My fondest memory is going to Disney with you and Marie. You were more like a kid than my own kids. You made that trip more fun than I could have imagined.

I will also always admire the love you have for Marie. Thank you for being the best grandfather to my children.

I love you. You will be missed.


Janet Vasel

January 31, 2020

I will always remember Mr. Joanis walking with his neighborhood friends. Waving to other neighbors and saying hello to all the kids as they walked by. Most of all the memory of all the work he did at Stephen and Kim’s house on our street he was always keeping busy. He was the neighborhood mayor.
R. I. P. and go walk with your friends in heaven.

Haley Joanis

January 31, 2020

My first love! The man who spent tireless years trying to teach me to play the guitar and I still can’t play.
The man who held me on his lap and sang with me.
The man who gave me my love for singing and art.
A man of very few words so when you told me you love me with all your heart I know you really meant
You’re a part of me that I am most proud of- forever 💕
I love you poppy

Kim Joanis

January 31, 2020

“death leaves a heartache no one can heal but love leaves the memories no one can steal”
I love you Dad