Joan M. Pizzico, 86, of Minersville, passed away peacefully and comfortably, surrounded by and holding hands with her cherished family Thursday evening at her son Nick’s residence in Hegins. Born in Minersville, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Tessie Pol Costick.
Joan was a cheerleader and 1953 graduate of the former Cass Twp. High School. She was a retired garment worker and a proud member of the ILGWU. She was a member of St. Matthew’s Church of Holy Family Parish, and also of the former St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, of Minersville.
Joan was a very social person with an infectious laugh, and loved to sing and dance. In her younger years, she dreamed of being a Rockette in New York City, but at the same time always wanted to be a housewife and Mother of “not more than four, but not less than three” children. She fulfilled this dream by marrying the love of her life in 1957 and raising her “four little chickadees”, as she fondly referred to her children, who became her entire world for the remaining 65 years of her life. The addition of her six precious grandchildren added to her enjoyment and youthful enthusiasm for life, as she doted on them and gave them countless “smootzes”.
In her later years, she enjoyed going “up the mountain” to enjoy endless conversation, laughter, and an occasional highball at the firepit with her family and friends, and of course, her beloved “granddog” Muttsie. In this and any setting, no matter the crowd, she would be heard laughing the hardest.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Nick in 2014 and a brother, Steve “Stiney” Costick in 2017.
She is survived by a daughter, Donna Sinko and her husband Adrian, Easton; 3 sons, Nick, Hegins, Michael, Timonium, MD and Ken and his wife Linda, Flemington, NJ; 6 grandchildren, Matthew, Sara, Luke, Kaela, Kirsten and Karli; a sister, Sandra Kilpatrick, Pell City, AL; countless nieces and nephews - and her beloved granddog Muttsie.
Relatives and friends can call at the Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville on Tuesday morning from 7AM to 10AM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Matthew’s Church of Holy Family Parish, 139 Spruce St., Minersville, on Tuesday at 10:30AM. Rev. Jason Stokes will officiate. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in St. Barbara’s Cemetery, Llewellyn.
To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Joan’s memory, visit us at donaldjbutlerfh.com.
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