Joan Elizabeth Ratta March 17, 1929 - October 27, 2022
To my Mother (Joan) and Father (Frank), you chose us… as I grew older, I began to understand the meaning of how special being chosen is. The kindness, love, and faith you shared with us and with many, many others will be felt forever. Dad, I saw you the Sunday before... as I stepped outside, looking to the sky and asking “why?”… You were right there. Your wings were HUGE as I always imagined they would be. You were near. That sign alone gave me the peace and strength needed to know all is well. Thank you. This pain, the pain of your losing children before their time, of Kelly then Mark… however, having Diana (granddaughter), Nora (great-granddaughter), and Erik (grandson) helps lessen the pain as our legacy continues. We decided to celebrate your journey to Heaven in NJ with dad’s family, whom stayed near all of our lives. I Can Only Imagine (dad’s favorite song) the love with complete joy, and how very proud you both felt seeing all of us together again. It was Amazing Grace, to say the least. The pleasure of having you both as parents, grandparents and great-grandparents was, with great love and respect, an honor and a privilege. Please watch over us and have your hand in all we do. We are forever grateful. We all love you to the Heavens and back. Forever in our hearts and souls, we miss you more.
Carol and Matt
And mom (Joan), for all who were near and dear, you know this ... mom’s quote … “I’m coming back as a seagull to shit on everyone who shit on me.”
Loved by: Carol Ratta Bean (daughter), Brock Bean (Gail) (grandson), Leo and Vivian Bean (great-grands), Shaina Bean-Wright (Terry) (granddaughter), Colton (great-grandson), Maximillion Bean (grandson), Bo (grand dog), Matt Ratta (son), Erik (grandson), Diana Ratta-Sydney (Patrick) (granddaughter), Nora (great-granddaughter), and cousins Greg, Barb, John, Rose, Lynda and Carolyn.