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JoAnn T. Elco

08/21/1943 - 08/09/2022


Obituary For JoAnn T. Elco

Elco, JoAnn T. (Jerome), age 79, of Absecon and Galloway Township, NJ, Surrounded by loving family, JoAnn peacefully passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. JoAnn, devoted wife and mother, was born to Anna (Barone) and Joseph Jerome in Atlantic City on August 21, 1943. She fondly remembered the fun-filled and caring ways of her many doting aunts and uncles who resided within the famous confines of “Duck Town.” Oftentimes, JoAnn reflected on the exciting times she spent as a dancer with the Tony Grant “Stars of Tomorrow” dance troop and as an over-achieving Texas Avenue School student. After moving to Absecon in 1954, JoAnn attended local public schools, and graduated from Pleasantville High School, Class of ’61. Her example-setting academic drive led her to eagerly enroll, and soon after, graduate from the Atlantic City Hospital School of Medical Technology. There, she began her medical career with Dr. Joseph Linsk at Professional Laboratories, and spent 21 years as office manager for Drs. Marvin Roth and Barry Titton OB-GYN, where she made life-long friends who remember her leadership and thoughtful, quiet demeanor. JoAnn then sought a vocation change. This move proved most wise as she became a five-year owner and operator of Alley Art Gallery and Frame Shop in Gordon’s Alley in Atlantic City. With her continued affection for the medical profession as a driving force, JoAnn attained a managerial position at Mainland Orthopedic with Dr. Jonathan Fox. Several years later, JoAnn completed her active and mature 40-year medical career by serving 10 rewarding years with Atlantic Pulmonary & Critical Care under the direction of Drs. Nadia Sadik, Nancy Higgins and Sallusto Del Re. Along with playing a dutiful maternal role at home, JoAnn devoted countless, unselfish years to the following organizations: Atlantic County National Association for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Board, AtlantiCare’s Behavioral Health Board and Ambassadors Club, the City of Absecon’s Community Affairs Committee, Absecon Historical Society, the Absecon branch of the Red Hat Society, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Member, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Member, Absecon Cub Scout Den Mother, Absecon Democratic Club Officer, Absecon’s Business and Commercial Development Corporation Officer, and Absecon’s 9-11 Memorial Founders Trustee. Because of her unselfish dedication, and on behalf of the New Jersey Arts Association, JoAnn received the Claire Sabatini Award for devoted services to local communities. This active and out-going lady also enjoyed a multitude of memorable times with family and beloved friends. JoAnn enjoyed many wonderful experiences during educational trips to Europe and time spent taking in the numerous scenic vistas of our beautiful country. She spent hours relaxing in her gardens, playing Bocce, Mahjongg and Canasta with active friends. JoAnn, Noanie to many of her relatives, is predeceased by her parents, Anna and Joseph Jerome, brother Edward Jerome, son Daniel Magee, first husband Frank Magee, mother-in-law, Anna Elco, and nephew Joseph Jerome. JoAnn is survived by her husband of 48 years Peter C. Elco, daughter Lori (Kyle) Rebstock, son Blaine Elco, grandchildren, Shane, Ethan and Julie Rebstock, sister-in-law Maryann Jerome and nephew Nicholas Jerome, brother-in-law, Paul Elco, sisters-in-law, Anne Havens and Kathy Boice, and a host of relatives from the treasured Magee family and her always thoughtful Andrews family from South Philly. JoAnn will also be missed by her many nieces and nephews. She treasured friendships and always held tight to those unforgettable and extraordinary relationships. The Elco Family would like to thank The Visiting Angels and Holy Redeemer Hospice for their dedicated care given to JoAnn. Visitation will be 9AM to 10:45AM on Friday, August 12, 2022 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 591 New Jersey Ave., Absecon. A funeral mass will be offered at 11AM in the church. The burial services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Please feel free to wear your bright colors in celebration of JoAnn’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Food Bank online at www.cfbnj.org (indicate EHT in the memo line) or at 6735 East Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, 08234. For online condolences, please visit www.parselsfh.com.


12 Aug


09:00 AM - 10:45 AM

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 591 New Jersey Avenue Absecon, NJ 08201 Get Directions »
12 Aug

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11:00 AM

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  • 08/14/2022

    Pete, my sincerest condolences. Having recently experienced the loss of John I can truly feel your pain. Know that I am thinking of you & your family with fondness & good memories of times past. Wendy Schofield

  • 08/13/2022

    Joann was a dedicated member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Atlantic County for many years. I had the pleasure of working with her while she was on our board and our Treasurer, while I was President of NAMIAC. She was a tireless worker and would always say yes to helping out in any way that she could. She would be happy to know that our NAMI continues its very important work in the community, helping those families dealing with mental illness. She will be missed! Gail Dembin

  • 08/11/2022

    Dear Lori, Blaine, & Pete, I'm so sorry to hear of Joanne's passing. I pray that she & all of you are at peace knowing she is in a better place. Cherish the comfort of loved ones in the coming days and celebrate a life well lived. She was so caring & so giving. I always enjoyed our visits together and was happy to take care of her. God bless and much love- Jill (Longo) Asuncion 💗🙏🏻

  • 08/11/2022

    Our deepest condolences to the Elco Family from the PHS Class of 1961.

  • 08/11/2022

    Peter and family our most sincere condolences to you all on the passing of Joanne, she will truly be misded.

  • 08/11/2022

    Dear Pete and Family, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May all the happy memories you have of your loved one bring you comfort in the coming days.

  • 08/11/2022

    Pete, Lori and Blaine much live and prayers. I loved Jo. Kenny

  • 08/10/2022

    JoAnn always was and will always be my very best friend. We met when we both worked at the Atlantic City Hospital Medical Laboratory. She was a student and I a teaching tech. She was not only smart, but such a pleasant young lady always with an infectious smile and laughter. Our parents joined in on our friendship, and before you realized it, we were all cugino's . We shared many of life's up's and down's through the years, but we were always there for one another. JoAnn was always the "wind beneath my wings" and I don't think she ever realized it. Having her in your life was a "gift" and I shall always be grateful for it. Love you JoAnn, until we meet again, your Hammonton friend Joanna Presti Conn.

  • 08/10/2022

    Sending prayers & condolences for a life well lived!!! Lots of good memories!!!

  • 08/10/2022

    To the elco family my condolences to you and your family .

  • 08/10/2022

    JoAnn was a beautiful person, always treating everyone she met with kindness and respect. May she RIP🙏

  • 08/10/2022

    My sincere condolences to Pete and the family . JoAnn was a wonderful human, kind to everyone. Heaven received a beautiful angel today.

  • 08/09/2022

    With deepest heartfelt sympathy to the Elco Families. May God bless you all

  • 08/09/2022

    My condolences for the loss of a great lady. I knew JoAnn to be a wonderful person who was loved by all who knew her. May she Rest In Peace.


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