Love and memories last forever...
  • 81 years old
  • Born on June 21, 1935 .
  • Passed away on March 16, 2017 .

Joan passed at home on 3/16/2017. She now awaits her husband of 40 years William J. Rakus.

She is survived by her children, Dominick Pitera, Chris Hoffman, Connie Santandrea, William Rakus, Celeste Marrs, Cheryl Zenox an her 10 Grand Children an 9 Great Grand Children. She is also survived by her Loving sister Winnie Fairbanks.
  Predeceased by Thomas Rakus.

There will be a Memorial Service on 3/23/2017 at 1pm at Fertig Funeral Home, 63 N. Main St., Mullica Hill NJ 08062.  

In Lieu of flowers please make donation in her name to. Infant Jesus Parish 334 Beech Ave. Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097  

Posted by Lisa Zenoz on 21st March 2017
I am so blessed you welcomed me with open arms into your family and I have been able to call you Grandma for the past 12 years. Such sweet memories sailing the carribean with you.… I have come to learn over these years that heaven is not so far away… but you will be forever missed here on earth. Enjoy the party there with my daddy, Mike, and Uncle Tommy, and other family gone before us, for I know it is a much better place, until we meet again.
Posted by Winifred Fairbanks on 21st March 2017
"Sis", Yes, I'm busting on you by calling you Sis! How many times over the years did we laugh about that name? I've been missing you for more that a little while. I'm so happy we got to say our goodbyes when Nick drove all the way here to bring me to see you. I'll be forever grateful to him just as you were. You've been in my life forever & I'm finding it difficult to imagine you no longer being in it now. It's too selfish to want you still here so I'm letting you go now. Instead, I'll hold on to the memories we made over the years. So many of them keep coming to me in a flood. Perhaps it's not "proper" but I can't help but smile & even laugh when I think of them. I'm joyful you found your forever soulmate with Bill. You & he are the purest example of love & one that others can look to whenever the tough times happen. Yes, there really is that "one" person & Bill is that one for you. RIP now. Know that you will be missed dearly. Bless XOXO

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