Joanne Lanese Choiniere, 81, of Orange, beloved wife of Edward Norman Choiniere, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2019.
Born on November 27, 1938, in Bridgeport, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Louise Lanese. Joanne was a graduate of the University of Bridgeport School of Nursing, and a retired RN, she worked various positions in public health including 21 years as a school nurse in the town of Orange.
She was an active parishioner of Holy Infant Church in Orange and a member of the Ladies Guild. She served as Eucharistic Minister to the homebound, also as a Lector, and was a member of the Holy Infant Bible Group. Over the years Joanne volunteered her free time with the Community Soup Kitchen and FISH of Greater New Haven.
She was a member of the Mother Circle for 42 years, participated in a local book club, and a member of the Red Hats.
She was the 2016 Town of Orange Breast Cancer Awareness honoree. Many of her family members took off from work to attend the ceremony on the front steps of the Town Hall.
Joanne will be remembered as a sweet, kind and caring woman, who more often than not put others before herself. She was a gentle soul and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
Joanne loved family activities involving her beloved children and grandchildren. She loved traveling with her husband, family, and friends. Along with her husband, Joanne is survived by her children, Susan C. Blomster, Edward J. Choiniere (Margaret Choiniere) Jill C. Tucker (Richard Tucker); grandchildren, Edward “E.J.” Choiniere, Jr., Christy T. Collins (Raymond Collins), Bill Choiniere (Kimberly Choiniere), Kirsten L. Ord (Louis Ord), Michael Choiniere (Abigail Ginsberg), Shannon Tucker (Karl Bauer), Zachary Blomster, Joseph Choiniere (Olivia Schlegel), Daniel Blomster; great-granddaughter, Amelie Choiniere; brother, Joseph J. Lanese; and many extended family members and friends.
A gathering of family and friends will be held on December 13, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The CODY-WHITE FUNERAL HOME, 107 Broad Street, Milford, CT 06460. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on December 14, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. at Holy Infant Church, 450 Racebrook Rd., Orange (MEET DIRECTLY AT CHURCH).
Interment will be private. To leave online condolences, please visit www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.