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Phyllis "JoAnne" Borrelli, 79, of New Castle passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Saturday evening, Feb. 10, 2018, in UPMC Jameson Hospital, New Castle.
Mrs. Borrelli was born Jan. 11, 1939, in New Castle, a daughter of the late Ralph and Dorothea (Sewall) Spears. She was a lifelong area resident and 1956 graduate of New Castle High School.
Following high school, JoAnne worked in the business office of Bell Telephone Co., New Castle.
After raising her three children, she worked in the administrative offices of the New Castle Area School District for nearly 20 years, retiring in 2004.
JoAnne was of the Catholic faith.
She enjoyed reading, completing crossword puzzles and going out to breakfast with her friends, Kathy Anzalone and Dee-Dee Bongivengo. JoAnne loved taking family vacations to the beach, especially to the Outer Banks, N.C.
Her family was the joy of her life. She cherished the time and memories she shared with all of them, particularly her grandchildren.
Surviving are her husband of more than 58 years, Richard "Doc" Borrelli, whom she married Oct. 31, 1959; a daughter, Mindy Borrelli of New Castle; two sons, Mark (Amy) Borrelli of Valencia, Pa., and Craig (Diana) Borrelli of New Castle; a sister, Evelyn (Tom) Page of Valencia, Pa.; a brother, Don (Evelyn) Spears of Hermitage; three sisters-in-law, Nadine Spears of New Wilmington, and Jean Spears and Jean Borrelli, both New Castle; a brother-in-law, Paul Carvella, New Castle; four grandchildren, Leah (Aaron) Snider and Tony (Maggie) Borrelli; and Joseph (Lauren) Borrelli and Linda (Vinny) Borrelli; a great granddaughter, Siena Snider; and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her beloved dogs, Phoebe and Remi.
In addition to her parents, JoAnne was preceded in death by three brothers, Warren "Casey," Larry and Lloyd Spears, and a sister, Roberta Carvella.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Lawrence County Humane Society, 628 Pearson Mill Road, New Castle, Pa. 16101.
Calling hours will be 4 p.m. until the time of service Wednesday (2-14-18) at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
Funeral service will be 6 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Abel Robles, pastor of Oakpointe Christian Center, New Castle, officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Published on February 12, 2018
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