Johanna "Joan"'s Story
Johanna “Joan” Sabatini, longtime resident of Salem, N.H., passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017, at the age of 90. Recently, the family had joyfully celebrated her milestone birthday with extended family and close friends.
Joan was born in Boston to Alexander Cacciola and Anna Mastrangelo, and was the eldest of five siblings, Thomas (deceased), Roseann Cacciola, Josie Suplita (Joe), Alice Semon (Ron), all of California.
In 1949, she married the love her life, Alfred Sabatini. They shared 62 wonderful years together until his passing in 2011.
Joan was adored by her three sons and wives, Ken (Carolyn) of Leawood, Ks., Donald (Cathryn), of San Jose, Calif., and Robert of Concord, N.H. Joan was so proud of her four grandchildren, Dr. Collin Sabatini (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Victoria Sabatini (Boston), Ryan Sabatini (San Diego), and Alec Sabatini (Leawood, Ks.). Although they were separated by many miles, the families created special memories with Joan and Al on many vacations together throughout the years in New England.
Joan’s contributions to the Salem community were many. She was the Salem Supervisor of the Checklist for many years in addition to her volunteer work. She volunteered with the Salem VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Sunshine Spreaders, and her work on behalf of children and adults with special needs including the creation of the Debbie Voter Center touched many lives. She was honored for her volunteer work both with her husband, Al as Salem Volunteers of the Year, and most recently from the City of Salem with the Pearl Award.
The family is grateful for the excellent care given to their mother and wish to give special appreciation to caregiver Debbie of Caring with the Heart.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Douglas and Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored by a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in Joan’s honor https://act.alz.org/site/Donation, or Autism Speaks https://act.autismspeaks.org/site. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.
Published on  June 14, 2017