12/19/1930 – 2/10/2021
Joanne Velardi Messer of Brookfield, passed away suddenly, at Danbury Hospital on February 10, 2021. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Joanne was born in NYC, NY, on December 19, 1930 to the late Joseph and Lillian (Schroeder) Velardi. She attended schools in NYC and graduated from Walton High School and the State University of New York. Joanne was a homemaker, raising her five children, then returning to work in several area companies as an Executive Assistant and later, Head of Human Resources.
She was very proud to have lived in the same house in Brookfield for over 63 years. Family meant everything to her and she led by example throughout her lifetime!
Joanne was predeceased (less than 3 months ago) by her husband of over 69 years, Frank. She is survived by her five children: Joanne (Gary) Muldoon of W. Hartford, CT; Kathryn (Edward) O’Donovan of W. Hartford, CT; Frank J. (Carol) Messer, III of Middletown, CT; Richard (Stephanie) Messer of Rhinebeck, NY; and Karen (Lee) Katan of Roxbury,CT; 12 grandchildren: Michael (Julia) Muldoon, Melissa (Jeff) Thorpe, Jennifer (Josh) Doten, Mark (Judy) Muldoon, Christopher (Jeannie) Katan, Michelle (Will) Lazu, John Messer, Kim Messer, Dr. Lisa O`Donovan, Thomas Messer, Kelly O`Donovan and Hayley (Adam) Effler and 12 great-grandchildren: Andre, Emma, Courtney, Nathan, Grace, Ashley, Austin, Carson, Cali, Albion, Ava and Brooklyn. Joanne is also survived by her brother, Charles Velardi, of San Tan Valley, AZ; brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Judy Messer, of New Milford, CT; sister-in-law, Christine Ticehurst, of Pownal, VT; cousin, Dorothy (Otto) Ege and close relatives, Fred and Linda Morlock.
Besides her husband, Frank, Joanne was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Bonnie Messer; brother-in-law, Donald Ticehurst; and sister-in-law, Toni Velardi.
A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Brookfield with burial to follow in Raymond Hill Cemetery, Carmel, NY at the convenience of the family.
There are no calling hours.
Contributions in Joanne’s memory may be made to Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department, 92 Pocono Road, Brookfield, CT 06804 or to St. Joseph Church, 163 Whisconier Rd., Brookfield, CT 06804