ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Joanne Grassi . We will remember her forever.

Joanne Annicelli Grassi, 82, formerly of Pasco, FL passed away on July 10th, 2020. Born to the late Josephine Corniola-Annicelli on June 21, 1938. She is survived by her two sons & their spouses, Paul M Grassi & Shannon and Michael Grassi & Sheila. Her younger sister, Carol Petrone and her 5 grandchildren: Stephanie, Nicole, Stephen, Anthony and Trinity and her 1 and only great-grandchild, Emberlynn Lilly. 

A memorial service will held at a later date, pending the status of COVID-19. Until then, please use this site as a virtual memorial board to celebrate the life of Joanne.
Posted by Heather Phillips on July 22, 2020
I knew Joanne from Daughters of Penelope in New Port Richey. She was a lovely lady who put her heart and soul into everything she did. 
Joanne, you will never be forgotten in our house while I am still using the Christmas Tupperware I bought from you at our DOP annual bazaar
(and I use it all year round).
Posted by Gigi D. on July 21, 2020
Joanne was a very big part of our West Pasco area. She was an Ambassador with our Chamber and a huge part of our Local Organization of Business and Professional Women of Calusa. I had the pleasure of volunteering with Joanne often. She was caring and giving. We made a great team. My heart hurts for her family. She spoke of you often and loved each of you dearly. Joanne has been missed since she moved a short time ago but it seemed like years since we heard that laugh. I will keep all of you who loved Joanne, as I did, in my thoughts and prayers. This one's for you, Joanne. ggd
Posted by Linda Morgan-Wood on July 20, 2020
Joanne was a great lady and always the life of the party! You could always count on her to make you smile and lift your spirits! She also had a big heart and was involved in so many Pasco organizations, always contributing to whatever cause needed help. She will be missed by so many. My deepest condolences to the family.
Posted by Stephanie Grassi on July 20, 2020
It is so great to see some tributes already and hear everyone's stories! My grandma was quite the character. Never afraid to tell you how she REALLY feels! She is truly missed so much already by so many.
Posted by Jackie Lewnes on July 20, 2020
Joanne was such a great person. She could always make you smile. The favorite part I loved about Joanne was you always knew what was on her mind. She would tell it like it is. LOL!!! That is a very rare and very honorable trait. She was always doing something for others she belonged to more groups in Pasco than I could ever name and she always went above and beyond to help out. Joanne was both a leader and a team player that is awesome! Too many people want to lead but they don't want to be part of the team. I am so proud to have been her friend over the years outside of our networking. Grabbing a bite to eat here and there and just talking and laughing. She was a blessing and she knew I thought of her as a perfect big sister. My own sister was 12 years older and Joanne and I had a much closer relationship. Not to take anything away from her own sister that I know she loves so dearly, cause she definitely does!!!! I pray that all the family will stay and be well and never forget the blessing of such a beautiful lady in your lives, keep her memories and her special traits (gifts) alive!!! Joanne will live in my heart eternal as both a great person and great friend. I miss you Joanne, I know you are at peace, hugs sent to heaven.
Posted by Annette Antonina Santange... on July 20, 2020
So sorry about Joanne. She was a great volunteer of our West Pasco Community and belonged to several networking groups as well as social groups. She was a great person and happy to have spoken to her when she moved near the Orlando area to be closer to family.
May she rest in peace.
Annette & Jim Smetzer

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Posted by Heather Phillips on July 22, 2020
I knew Joanne from Daughters of Penelope in New Port Richey. She was a lovely lady who put her heart and soul into everything she did. 
Joanne, you will never be forgotten in our house while I am still using the Christmas Tupperware I bought from you at our DOP annual bazaar
(and I use it all year round).
Posted by Gigi D. on July 21, 2020
Joanne was a very big part of our West Pasco area. She was an Ambassador with our Chamber and a huge part of our Local Organization of Business and Professional Women of Calusa. I had the pleasure of volunteering with Joanne often. She was caring and giving. We made a great team. My heart hurts for her family. She spoke of you often and loved each of you dearly. Joanne has been missed since she moved a short time ago but it seemed like years since we heard that laugh. I will keep all of you who loved Joanne, as I did, in my thoughts and prayers. This one's for you, Joanne. ggd
Posted by Linda Morgan-Wood on July 20, 2020
Joanne was a great lady and always the life of the party! You could always count on her to make you smile and lift your spirits! She also had a big heart and was involved in so many Pasco organizations, always contributing to whatever cause needed help. She will be missed by so many. My deepest condolences to the family.
her Life

Daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, great grandmother, the list goes on...

Joanne Grassi, what a wonderful woman. My grandma had an amazing 82 years of life. The last 4 years have been nothing short of an adventure being so close to her. You see, grandma and I didn't always get along so great (shocking...I know). Mostly because, well, we are too much alike! As I have grown older I have accepted that Joanne is who I will be in 60+ years from now, and I am more than okay with that! Grandma was a force to be reckoned with, and if you knew her. you knew you did not want to get on this woman's bad side, yall. 
While she always had the best intentions.... her delivery, however - could use some work! LOL
She is surely gone too soon, and will be forever missed. Please use this site to share memories, photos, and anything else you would like to help remember her by! 
Recent stories
Shared by Libda Watts on July 23, 2020
I've known Joanne seems like forever so many meetings , lunches and parties. A friend that you knew would be there you could share stories and catch up .  I will miss these times and think about you when groups return when I look around the room I will think about you and miss the friendship we all shared.  Miss you my friend.
                                     Linda Watts

"Big Red"!

Shared by Stephanie Grassi on July 23, 2020
Aunt Joanne was such a kind woman. We used to call her Big Red -- yes, because of her red hair; the “big” though came from her bigger than life personality and her big heart. She was gentle, thoughtful, sensitive and caring. She had a wicked sense of humor, and found joy and smiled and laughed all the time.

 

I remember once when my mother was living in Port Richey, she stopped by for a visit and my mom was out but on her way back home. Aunt Joanne asked me if there was some coffee made, and if there wasn’t -- she told me sweetly -- that when there was a guest over, I should make some. I was in my early teens but gave it my best shot. How hard could it be? I had seen my mom do it a thousand times. A couple of scoops of ground coffee from the can, a pot full of water. Well it turned out so weak it was the color of light brown water. “Oh my gawd,” she said and smiled and tried to dress it up and took a sip and pretend that it was ok but it wasn’t. And so we poured it out and she talked me through how to make a second, strong, real pot of coffee -- probably my first. And there was an Entenmann's coffee cake close by -- and she coyly said that she might just have a little piece.

 

I remember her Feast of Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve -- the care she had obviously taken in prepping the meal and setting the table was appreciated by me. It warmed my heart. She really was gentle, and kind, and sensitive -- and even though her personality was larger than life, and her smile could light up a room full of many people, she was soft, and thoughtful, and happy. That’s how I remember my Aunt Joanne -- our Big Red. I loved her and she will be missed.

 

In looking through her Facebook photos today, these are three that really stood out for me.


From her Nephew, and published Author (obviously!) Dennis Petrone