Joan I Italiano 1943-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs

YOUNGSTOWN – Joan Ida Italiano, 79, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, November 13, 2022, with her family by her side.

Joan was born on January 17, 1943 in Youngstown and grew up there. She was the youngest child of Herbert E. Stevens and Helen Dunkle Stevens. She was an honors graduate of Chaney High School in 1961.

On June 2, 1962, she married Angelo J. Italiano (US Army Colonel, retired), a marriage that lasted over 60 years. Joan and Angelo’s life together was characterized by family, travel and adventure. Angelo’s Army career took Joan and her two children (plus pets!) to deployments in Rhode Island, Germany, Texas, Hawaii, Washington, New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, Texas and finally back to Ohio when Angelo retired in 1993. Joan was the single father of her two children during Angelo’s combat service in Vietnam and his tour of duty in Korea.

Joan’s love of travel, curiosity about other cultures, organizational skills and down-to-earth nature suited her life as a military wife. She had a great ability to face the blows of life with exceptional resilience, humor, grace, wit and style.

She loved creating a beautiful home wherever they lived that welcomed everyone. Her love for soldiers and their families drove her to volunteer for life. She has served in all positions on the Officers Wives Club board, ran a youth center, and even went to Capitol Hill as a charter member of the board to start the US Army Family Readiness Group (FRG) program.

Her volunteer work continued after her husband retired and her daughter became a military wife in 1989. Joan continued to support her daughter in BRD activities and supported Soldiers and their families during multiple extended combat missions during the Global War on Terror and received awards for her exceptional support from the 82nd Airborne Division Command Group. Joan has literally touched the lives of thousands with her selfless spirit of giving.

She was an avid traveler and has traveled all over the world. Her two favorite excursions were a visit to the Great Wall of China and an elephant ride in Phuket, Thailand with her eldest grandchild, Ross, and a blissful Alaskan adventure cruise with all three of her grandchildren!

Joan’s life was shaped by her family from her childhood to her death. She was deceased by her parents; brother, Herbert Stevens; and niece, Elaine D’Alesio.

She is survived by her husband, retired US Army Colonel Angelo J. Italiano; her son Christopher (Krysten) Italiano of Columbus; her daughter Joan “Jodi” (US Army Colonel, retired, Ross E. Davidson Jr.) Italiano-Davidson of Annadale, Virginia; and four grandchildren, Ross Angelo Davidson, Sofia Grace Italiano, Vincent Augustine Italiano, and Eliot Elton Desmond. Joan is also survived by her brother James Stevens of Tampa, Florida.

A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St. Columba Cathedral. Services will later be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

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