After a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer, Joan Bernadette Grasha passed away peacefully on January 16th, 2023 surrounded by her loved ones.
Joan was born December 13th, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Thomas Rothenberger and Joanne Dreslinski.
She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, a nurturing grandmother, and a one of a kind human being. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Joan's interests varied, and she found herself dabbling in many different career paths. She found the most joy in working with brides at the Georgetown Center, helping them plan their special days. Joan was a community advocate and worked hand in hand with local and state politicians to help reform child abduction laws in Pennsylvania in the 80s. She possessed endless amounts of creativity and loved to make things with her hands. Her family and friends homes are filled with the beautiful things that she created for them. Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Joan had plans to start her own business creating flower bouquets and arrangements crafted from recycled and resourced materials, it was to be called "Forever Flowers". Her greatest source of joy was her family, specifically her children and grandchildren. Joan was a kind, caring and giving person who always put the needs of her family before her own. She was a strong woman who faced every challenge in her life with courage and dignity. She was a source of inspiration to all who knew her and will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives she touched.
Joan was predeceased by her daughter Jessica, father Thomas, and brother Timothy. She leaves behind her husband Frank, her two children Sean (Jessica) and Melissa (Mitchell), her brother Thomas (Amy), her sister Tanya (John), her stepmother Ursula, her niece Natasha (Jimmy), and her two grandchildren Harper and Kellan.
Archangel Raphael Prayer
'Please shower me today with your beautiful emerald green light. Let your light flow through me and fill every cell of my body - cleansing me from head to toe. May your healing light also clean my conscious and subconscious mind, so I can attract and enjoy the many blessings coming my way. Thank you!'