Joann C. Prozzo

SARASOTA, Fla. — Joann Carolyn (Peterson) Prozzo, 83,  passed away peacefully at home in Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015.

She was born in Royalston to the late Hildur and Herbert Peterson on Jan. 10, 1932. Joann helped on the family dairy farm by milking and doing other chores. She attended elementary school in Royalston and high school in Athol where she played the slide trombone in the band. She then graduated from the Memorial School of Nursing in Worcester. 

In Worcester she joined the choir of Trinity Lutheran Church where she met her future husband, George, a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Married in 1955, they honey-mooned in Salzburg, Austria (courtesy of the U.S. Army). They then moved to Springfield, Ill., and subsequently to Sarasota, Fla. 

Joann was very active at Faith Lutheran Church as a choir member and spent many hours tending to the Memorial Garden. She had a most generous and loving heart and was a most devoted companion to her husband for nearly 61 years. Joann was the loving mother of five children, Eric (died at age 3), David, Lisa, Kristina, and Rebecca.  She was the loving grandmother of Jeremy and Jonathan Prozzo and sister of Robert (deceased) and David Peterson. Extended family are embraced with love.

A memorial service for Joann will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Sarasota on Jan. 30, at 11 a.m.

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