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Joan W. Pascarella, elementary school teacher

July 2, 1937 – March 24, 2016

Joan W. Pascarella, of East Aurora, a retired elementary school teacher, died March 24 after a short illness in Venice, Fla., where she was spending the winter. She was 78.

Born in Kew Gardens, Queens, the former Joan White grew up on Long Island and was a graduate of Cortland State Teachers College.

Mrs. Pascarella came to the Buffalo area in 1970 after living in Hamilton, and taught elementary grades, primarily kindergarten, at Iroquois Central School. She retired in 1999.

She was a longtime member of Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in East Aurora and went on a mission trip to Paraguay two years ago.

She also was a volunteer with Hospice Buffalo and Friends of Knox Farm State Park.

She was an avid golfer and tennis player and enjoyed ocean beaches.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Frank, a professor emeritus at SUNY Buffalo State; two daughters, Nancy Guemes and Andrea Wood; a son, John; a sister, Linda McCartt; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. May 7 in Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 345 Main St., East Aurora.