Joan Brady Stetz, age 92, passed away peacefully at home in Waterloo, N.Y., early in the morning of Friday (August 18).
Friends and family are invited to call from 5 to 7 Monday evening at Mulls’ Funeral Home, 113 Virginia Street, Waterloo. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning (August 22) at St. Mary’s Church, 35 Center Street, Waterloo, New York. The Reverend James Fennessy will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Mary’s cemetery.
Joan has requested memorial contributions be made to St. Patrick’s and St. Clare’s Parish or to a charity of one’s choice.
Joan was born on November 23, 1924, in Olean, New York, the younger daughter of the late Felix Mc Grath Brady and Martha O’Neil Brady. She attended schools in Portville and Allegany,and graduated in 1942 from St. Elizabeth’s Academy, a boarding school for girls under the direction of the sisters of St. Francis in Allegany. She continued her education at Westbrook Commercial Academy in Olean, graduating in 1943. During WWII, Joan worked as an executive secretary for Robert Ware, General Manager of Daystrom Corporation. After the war, she worked at the Vacuum Gas Burner Corporation which had been purchased by Mr. Ware.
She married John W. Stetz, known from childhood, on June 17, 1946 at St. Bonaventure Church in Allegany. Together they had three daughters; Joanna (Cal Adams)of Geneva, Martha (Russ LaRocca)of Henrietta and Elizabeth (Leon Woods) of Pulaski.
She was a member of St. Mary’s faith community, serving as Eucharistic Minister in Church and Seneca Nursing Home, and as a collection counter. Additionally, Joan was a member of the Catholic Daughters, St. Theresa, Court #806, and of Phi Beta Psi Sorority (Cancer fighting). In 1975, she was one of a trio of parishioners who painted the Stations of the Cross. She participated in many Church committees, from the Christmas Bazaar Committee to the RCIA Program. Decorating the Church was close to her heart, especially the statue of the BVM for the month of May; liturgical décor for the Advent, Christmas and Easter Seasons,
sewing altar clothes, tabernacle veils, and vestments for Fr. Cosgrove.
Joan is also survived by her five grandchildren Melissa (Michael)Bazner of York, Pa., Michael LaRocca of Rochester, Richard (Amber)Carroll of Van Nuys, Calif., Lisa (Kevin) Donaghue of Caledonia, Sara Blinebry (Daniel Borkowski) of Havelock, N.C.; 11 great-grandchildren,one great-great granddaughter and very special nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, John, in August 2015 and her dear sister, Elizabeth Brady Booth.