JoAnn Bevelacqua passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord at Binghamton General Hospital, Transitional Care Unit on December 20, 2016 after an extended illness. Predeceased by her mother and step father Lee and Pauline Freace, mother and father in law Epiphanio and Rose Bevelacqua; son Edward Bevelacqua, daughter Marie Bevelacqua; special aunt and uncle Bill and Emily Wiley; sister in law Donna Bevelacqua. Survived by her husband of 62 years Joseph Bevelacqua, daughter and son in law, Karen Babicek (Tim), Son and daughter-in law Dominick Bevelacqua (Tracie); grandchildren Crystal Appel (Dan), Nicole Uhrinec, Michael Uhrinec Amber Buchanan, Erin and Josh Babicek, Joseph and Christian Bevelacqua. Great Grandchildren Ayden and Luca Uhrinec; Halie Weaver, Lillian, Sireyna and Benjamin Santos, Chloe Appel, Danielle Babicek and Konnor Babicek, brother and sister in law, Lee and Joann Freace, brother in law, Jerry Bevelacqua, and many special nieces, nephews and cousins.
Affiliations: JoAnn was an active member of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. She was a current member of the Altar Rosary Society and served as past President. JoAnn was a team leader of two soup kitchen teams, team leader of a funeral luncheon team and organized their annual Seder Meal for many years. She was always available to take on any task asked of her within her parish and did so willingly and with grace. JoAnn retired from the UE School District where she worked as a bus driver for many years. JoAnn adored her family and cherished all of the celebrations in their lives. She actively participated in her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, rooting on their sporting events, attending their music endeavors, babysitting and ensuring they had transportation when needed. When they had no one to lead the activity mom would always volunteer playing softball coach, religions education teacher, girls scouts, whatever was needed. Family and friends meant the most to her. Life was always a party. We would like to thank the staff on the Transitional Care Unit at BGH for their loving care shown to our mother throughout her illness. Your compassion was truly appreciated.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday 11 am at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, 701 West Main Street, Endicott. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott Tuesday evening from 4-6 pm. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Our Lady of Good Counsel Food Pantry, 701 West Main Street, Endicott NY 13760.