Joanne Mirosavich

Joanne Barbara Mirosavich (Zalenka)

Monday, March 29th, 1943 - Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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Joanne Barbara Mirosavich (Zalenka), (76) of Reisterstown, MD passed away on November 22, 2019 from the effects of frontotemporal dementia. Born March 29, 1943 in Cleveland, OH, she was the daughter of the late Marie (Niksa) Zalenka.

She was a graduate of Parma Senior High School class of 1961 where she graduated with a 4.72 GPA and was number 25 in a class of over 1,000. She worked as a computer operator at Highland Middle School and Medina High School for over 30 years. Joanne overcame much adversity throughout her life and came to a place of deep life enjoyment in her golden years after she moved to Maryland at the age of 69. She was a lifetime learner and once in Maryland, took Spanish and art classes, enjoyed pottery and working with stained glass, volunteered at Carroll Hospital, worked out with a personal trainer and was a member of the Women’s Club of Glyndon. Joanne was a sweet and gentle woman who loved animals and absolutely adored her family. She was a kind and gentle woman who would do anything for anyone. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Joanne always wanted to be an organ donor to continue to help others even after her death. Her brain was donated to the Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health for Frontotemporal Dementia research. She may help find a new drug or a cure for the disease in the future
Surviving are her two daughters: Christine Gerstmyer and husband Doug of Reisterstown, MD, Kimberly Hengel and husband Lance of Jupiter, FL; six granddaughters: Ashley Gerstmyer, Ashton Johnson, Olivia Hengel, Abby Hengel, Bridget Hengel, Brooke Hengel and one grandson Alex Gerstmyer and wife Kara; three great-grandsons: Peyton Manzo, Cayden Manzo, and Kaleb Manzo and cousin Robert Nikson, brother Jack Zalenka and sister Rosalie David.

Joanne’s friends, Dan Halcick and Kay De Matteis were a constant presence even after her move to Maryland. Joanne made many new friends after her move from Ohio; Dawn Grammer became Joanne’s third daughter. Dewey Fanning was the son Joanne never had.

Special thanks to Carroll Hospice nurse Lisa D’Amato and Cathy Comeau and Ashley Martin of Inspirations who all lovingly cared for Joanne like she was their own mother.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 7th from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the ELINE FUNERAL HOME - 2901 Bloom Rd, Finksburg, MD followed by lunch at Linwoods. Interment will be private
Memorial contributions are suggested in Joanne’s name to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157 or
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
    Eline Funeral Home - Finksburg
    2901 Bloom Road
    FINKSBURG, MD 21048
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 11:30am
    Eline Funeral Home - Finksburg
    2901 Bloom Road
    FINKSBURG, MD 21048
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reception

    25 Crossroads Drive
    Owins Mills, MD 21117
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coralee Leach

Posted at 10:57pm
I was so sad to read of your Mother's passing. It's been many years since I've seen her but I've always thought of her so fondly. Christine and Kimberly I imagine you were both two young to remember me. I was in high school or college when your family moved behind my parent's home. We were off Bellus Road , John and Lee Wiszt and our big tan dog "Babe". My parents just loved your Mom and her little girls, you might have played with my twin daughters while they visited my parents. Babe our dog was the neighborhood beggar going from house to house. One afternoon she was in your backyard barking and barking they kept yelling for her to go home to no avail. Your Mom finally went out to chase her home and found Babe had stopped one of your little bunnies that had escaped from the cage from running off. She was going to bark until the bunny was back where it was suppose to be! Years later I would see your Mom at Medina High School when my kids attended and we would laugh about the all those crazy things and she would catch me up with your lives. She touched my life for only a short time but I will always remember how special she was.
Coralee Wiszt Leach


Mary McNeil

Posted at 05:59pm
So sorry to read of Joanne's passing. She was a wonderful woman. Prayers.

Daniel Hahn

Posted at 04:21pm
Joanne was like a second mother to me during my high school years. One summer I think I spent virtually every evening welcomed in her home. She and Christine attended my wedding, and have always been a source of love and light in those fortunate enough to know them. Joanne, I can still hear your voice in my mind, the sound of your beautiful laugh, the memory of your shining smile. It was a privilege to know you. With deepest love, Daniel and family.

Dawn Rolland Posted at 02:54am

Aunt Joanne you were an amazing woman, your love was never ending. You will be missed! Give uncle tony a big hug and kiss for me!! Love Dawn, Ken and the kids❤️

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