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.