Born Joann Louise Silvestri in Cleveland, OH, she was one of nine children born to Italian immigrant parents. She worked hard to overcome the challenges she faced growing up and was successful in becoming a registered nurse and then joining the United States Navy. She retired as a lieutenant commander in the late '60s to raise her family. She continued in her nursing career helping many many people throughout her lifetime. Joann's lot in life was to care for other people, always putting others before herself till the very end.
She loved adventure and she and her husband, Jack, enjoyed many over their 47 years together. She was faithful to the Catholic church and found great comfort in her church family. She loved golf and after retirement Jack and Joann travelled the golf courses of the country in their motorhome, finally settling in Crossville.
She leaves behind a daughter, Kristine, who was so proud of her mom she followed in her footsteps as a nurse and a son, Kyle, whose love of science led him to an adventurous life with the USGS. She loved her grandkids Jake, Maya and Jackson and they will love and miss her forever. She has two surviving sisters and many many nieces and nephews.
One of her last wishes was to make sure that she thanked all of the people in her life, family and friends, for making it so full of love and fun. Her ashes will be interned next to her husband on the two-year anniversary of his death on March 26, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, TN.
Published on February 12, 2018