Joann Thelma Macaluso, 75, of Galveston, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2008, at UTMB Hospital.
Joann, a BOI, was born November 4, 1932, to Gino Vafrino Balducci and Cecelia Virginia Tholcken. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Dan Halvorson.
Joann is survived by her devoted husband, Frank, of 55 years, son, Frank Macaluso, Jr. and wife, Renee; her daughters, Cheryl Stein and husband, David, Diane Peña and husband, Carlos, Gina Sanders and husband, Shawn; sister, Catherine Halvorson; brother, Geno Balducci; grandchildren, Steven Peña and fiancé, Stephanie McBroom, Cody Bell, PFC USMC, her namesake, Stephanie Joanne Peña, Kelli Sanders, Emily Sanders, Madelina Macaluso, and Gracie Macaluso; niece, Sharon Vaughn, and husband, Larry; cousins, Noami Ippolito, Olivia Orem, and Jean Tholcken; and other family members and dear friends.
Pallbearers will be Carlos Peña, Cody Bell, Eddie Janek, Joe Capuano, Shawn Sanders, and David Stein. Honorary Pallbearers will be Herbert Doreck, Paul Macaluso, Noah Rice, Steven Peña, David Peña, and Dr. Mario Peña.
Joann was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who always put her family and church family first. She was a lifetime member of First Lutheran Church where she was a choir member for over 40 years. She also taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Choir School. She spent countless hours decorating the church for Christmas, Easter, and special events, and making palm crosses for Palm Sunday for First Lutheran Church and other churches as well. Joann was a member of the Altar Guild, Music & Worship Committee, Oktoberfest Committee, and was presented the Pillar of the Church Award in 2007. She won the Blue Ribbon for Best Potato Salad at First Lutheran Church’s 150th Anniversary and made the best Coney Island Hot Dogs countless times to support workers at many First Lutheran Church events. Joann was also a PTO and Booster Club member in Galveston Public Schools, a member of the Texas A & M Mother’s Club, and the Galveston Maritime Club. She volunteered for Meals on Wheels.
The Macaluso family will receive visitors beginning at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 27, 2008, with a devotional beginning at 6:00 pm led by Rev. David Hoh at Malloy and Son Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, February 28th, at First Lutheran Church in Galveston, with Rev. Doug Guthier officiating. Burial will follow the service at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.
The family would like to thank Dr. Barry Uretsky and Nurse Practioner Shelly Doss for their devoted care to Joann. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church.
Joann Macaluso will be missed dearly by the many, many people who knew her.