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61 South Road
P.O. Box 1094
Enfield, CT 06082
Phone: 860-749-2244
Fax: 860-763-2815
JoAnn Slattery

JoAnn M. Slattery (Rischitelli)

Wednesday, December 11th, 1935 - Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
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JoAnn (Rischitelli) Slattery of Enfield, loving wife of 59 years of the late Francis M. Slattery, peacefully journeyed home on December 2, 2018 to join her husband in heaven. JoAnn was born in Worcester, MA on December 11, 1935. She was the daughter of the late John and Josephine (Colognesi) Rischitelli of Sturbridge, MA.
JoAnn was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and earned her Master's Degree from St. Joseph’s University. After staying home for 17 years to raise her children she returned to teaching and spent the next 24 years at St. Martha's School in Enfield, CT. JoAnn was a longtime faithful parishioner of St. Martha Church. She was an active member of the Enfield Senior Center and continued to teach knitting to students as part of an after school club at St. Martha’s School. JoAnn is survived by her six children: Michael Slattery and his wife, Anita of South Dennis, MA and their children, Sean and his wife Kristen, Jaclyn and her husband Chris, and Adam; William Slattery and his wife, LeeAnn of Windsor and his children, Tara and her husband James, Kelly and Colleen, also stepchildren Garrett and his wife Amber, Michelle and her husband Michael, and Zachary; John Slattery of Enfield; James Slattery of Suffield and his companion, Nancy, and his children Patrick and Shaun; Maureen Sherwood and her husband Thomas of Norfolk, MA and their children Melissa, Elizabeth and Margaret; also Dr. Mary Slattery of Westerly, RI and her sons Christian and James. She also leaves 4 great grandchildren Evan, Nicholas, Connor and Charlotte. Also her two sisters Barbara and her husband Ralph Barrows of Williamsburg,VA; and Mary and her husband Kent Weaver of Woodstock, CT as well as several nieces and nephews and dear friends, especially Karen (Coughlin) Slattery of Suffield, CT. In addition to her husband, she was also predeceased by her grandchildren Joseph and Nicholas Slattery and her brother Robert and his wife Donna Rischitelli of Hudson, OH. Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM for a Mass of Christian burial at St. Martha Church, 214 Brainard Road, Enfield and graveside service immediately following at St. Patrick’s King Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Martha’s School, 214 Brainard Road, Enfield, CT 06082.
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, December 7th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Friday, December 7th, 2018 11:00am
    St. Martha Church
    214 Brainard Rd.
    Enfield, CT 06082-
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    Rev. Anthony J. Bruno
  • Interment

    Friday, December 7th, 2018 | 12:15pm
    Friday, December 7th, 2018 12:15pm
    St. Patrick's King Street Cemetery
    King Street
    Enfield, CT 06082
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Donations are being accepted for: St. Martha's School.


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MIke Slattery

Posted at 03:00pm
Mom’s Eulogy by Mike Slattery What a long strange trip its been. I can’t believe it was 2 years ago we were here for Dad. Even though the past month has seemed like an eternity. Mom was always the cornerstone of our home. She was always there to teach and nurture everyone and of course make Dad his sandwiches when he needed to shuffle to his next game or was just coming home late. I remember a night on Columbia Road when I got up late to get a drink of water. The living room light was on but there was no sound. I went out and found mom up alone reading. Dad took night classes in New York City so would drive from Hartford to NY then to Enfield, so he got home late those nights. Mom was waiting up for him to make sure he got home safe, sandwich waiting on the table to make sure he ate. In high school every time I was out late there would be Mom on the couch waiting to make sure you got home save. You were on your own for the sandwich. Mom always needed to be greeted with a kiss. If you forgot you’d get a ‘Don’t you have a kiss for your mother?’ A quick peck on the cheek was all she wanted, maybe a short hug but no back pats or rubs – she always said she was not a dog and did not need to be pet. Through the years mom turned her focus to the grand kids. We all heard make sure that baby crawls first so s/he is a good reader. Not sure where she heard that, but everyone heard if from her. Friday night was always pizza night at the house, she had a sign Grandma’s house where cousins became friends. Extended family was important so when the lake place had an uncertain future, she stepped in. She loved that you never knew exactly who would be there. This summer she said I hope you keep this place when I die – yes mom we plan to keep it. This past month has seemed like an eternity even thought I often lost track of what day it was or when I was with Mom last. One moment it time I distinctly remember is Sunday November 25, around 5:30pm. I was watching football when I got a text from Mary that Mom has asked for a priest for last rites. I shed a few tears that night and need some time to recover and think. I am not sure if it was ever discussed but we knew that some family member needed to be with her 24/7. Mary cancelled the overnight person and we started our around the clock coverage. My next shift was scheduled for Friday but I did not think she would make it until then, so I cleared my Tuesday and went to be with her. Mom was different, she wanted hugs, back rubs and scratches. After I put her to bed she said I needed to put cream on her feet. I told her for 60 years you trained me to not rub or pat you, so it will take a little time for me to be retrained. By Friday when I arrived she was fading. I asked if anyone came to get her. She said a little girl with black hair named Rachel, a rabbit and a small black dog. Not exactly what I was hoping for, where was dad. Saturday she was in somewhat less pain but far more agitated. The Greeks, Romans and Egyptians placed coins in the eyes or with the deceased so they could pay their way to the next world. About mid-morning Mom started saying ‘oh no, oh no’ over and over. She finally said, ‘I have no money, I can’t go to the light because they wanted money and I have no money’. Fortunately, some people we knew had bee stopping by that morning to check in on her. Earlier ‘Daddy’ (my grandpa) came along for a visit. Auntie Lee stopped by. Then Uncle Gingie cam and we told Mom that he had money and would pay her way. So shout out to the Delaware Richitelli’s for helping Mom. We heard that Auntie Barbra dreamed that ‘Mummy’ was calling Mom from heaven. Mary and I decided to give that a try: Mom, Mummy is calling you from heave, can you hear her? A few moments later I hear “JoAnn”. I looked at Mary who acknowledged she heard it too. Anita pointed behind us where John had come out of his room to help. No telling of Mom’s life is complete without including John. Their bond was special. A few months ago Mom told me the story of the day they receive John’s diagnosis. In 1963 John was three but had not spoken. Mom and Dad took him to see a specialist in Boston. The doctor informed them he was autistic, and they should put him in an institution. Mom said “NOT MY BABY” Mom was one of the pioneers that changed the way autistic children were cared for. She knew that decision would change her life forever, and it did. She went to school worked to gain services. Every day she worked with John to help him become the amazing person he is today. What she did not know is how her decision would change and shape all our lives. We are certainly all better people today by having John’s gentle spirit in our lives. John, I know this is hard on you but know we all love you deeply and want you to be with us for a long time because you make us better people. Mom we will all miss you. Rest in Peace with Dad. And Know our love won’t fade away.

Cindy Riley

Posted at 09:54pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
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Susan Polmatier

Posted at 10:33am
We are so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was such a gracious lady. May she rest in peace.

L ucille Agro

Posted at 01:06pm
The Slattery Family, Very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. We feel especially sad for our friend, John. With our deepest sympathy, at this difficult time. The Agro Family

Julia Griffin

Posted at 10:31am
In memory of JoAnn Slattery and her long time service and commitment to Saint Martha School.
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