Obituary of Joanne Ella DiMaggio
June 3, 1939 – October 11, 2022
Joanne DiMaggio. Age 83 of Wyandotte.
Beloved wife of the late Marco “Mike” DiMaggio. Loving mother of Julie (Robert) Simons and Michael (Dawn) DiMaggio. Dearest grandmother of Benjamin (Alyssa) Simons, Miranda (Phillip) Blackson, Alicia (Michael) Beach, Amanda DiMaggio and Matthew DiMaggio. Great grandmother of Corbin, Ella, Ava, Delaney and Andrew. Dear sister of Janice (Jim) Acker, Kathleen Pugh, James (Jill) Pugh and the late Robert Pugh.
Joanne was born in Flat Rock , Michigan but lived in Wyandotte most of her life. She attended Roosevelt High School where she met and later married her sweet heart, Mike. She attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a degree in elementary education. She was a beloved teacher in Wyandotte for many years until her retirement. To those who knew her, she was an inspiration. She did not waste a minute but instead lived every second of her life to the fullest. She made friends every where she went and always found a way to help others, in ways both big and small. She was involved in several clubs and groups, past and present, like
“The Trenton Garden Club”, her" Sewing Guild”, “Teachers Sorority”, “The Red Hat Society”, “The Altar Society”, and some camping clubs to name just a few. These clubs were not only a social outlet of fun but often, also included volunteer opportunity and many ways to give back to her community.
Her friends meant the world to her and she was always busy with a lunch date or event. She also loved to give gifts and as luck would have it, she loved to shop too. So, it wasn’t any wonder that she had her trunk full of gifts for one person or another at all times.
She earned herself nicknames like “energizer bunny” and "Grandma Yoda” from her kids and grandkids. She could accomplish amazing things that seemed impossible and had, what seemed like, a never- ending energy. She always made gatherings so much fun for both children and adults. You could always count on her to have a game or craft ready to liven things up. She loved to collect things, from McDonald Happy Meal Toys to Disney Pins and from Precious Moments to Beanie Babies. But the real joy was in the hunt and then sharing her finds with her family and friends. She shared her love for Disney Pin Collecting with all her grandchildren and brought something extra special to those vacations for all of them. She was kind, compassionate, gracious, generous and fun. We have no idea how the world will keep on turning without her, but we am sure of one thing, her absence will be felt and grieved by so many. She made such a big impact on so many people and left an amazing legacy of Love in her wake.
Celebrant - Father Brendan McCarrick, SAC
John Molnar, Sr. opened the Detroit Hungarian Funeral Home, now the Molnar Funeral Homes, in 1923. The funeral home began in his home until relocating across the street to it's Delray location at 8623 Dearborn Avenue, in 1936. He had a strong work ethic and believed that you should never stop learning...