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Jo Ann Sadwick

Obituary of Jo Ann M. Sadwick

Jo Ann M. (Manicone) Sadwick GREECE - December 14, 2019 at the age of 77. Jo Ann is predeceased by her husband, John “Jack” Sadwick. She is survived by her sons, Steve Sadwick, Timothy Sadwick, Gregg (Rebecca) Sadwick & Rick (Julie) Sadwick; grandchildren, Zachary Sadwick, Jacob Sadwick, Alex Sadwick, Taylor Sadwick, Lucas Sadwick, Devon (Karla) King, Gage DiSanto, Logan Holtz; sisters, Judi Manicone Oliveri & Marilyn Kerstjens; brother, Tony (Donna) Manicone; sister-in-law, Sharon Limbacks; brother-in-law, Bill (Judy) Sadwick; several nieces, nephews, cousins & dear friends. Jo Ann’s life story will be shared during her visitation, Thursday, December 19th, 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.) Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Friday, December 20th, 10:00 AM at St. Lawrence Church, 1000 N. Greece Rd. Followed by her burial in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Veterans Outreach Center, 447 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14620 in Jo Ann’s memory. A WWII baby, Jo Ann was born to Josephine and Frank Manicone on September 17th 1942. Although Jo Ann loved her father, the first couple years of her life he was like a stranger to her, as he was off with the other members of the “Greatest Generation” serving in the European theater, saving the world from tyranny. Upon Frank’s return, Jo Ann grew up in your typical post-war family, in a typical post-war community, built on the foundation of traditional Italian customs. One of those customs included an adherence to the Catholic faith as Jo Ann attended catholic primary schools such as St Francis Xavier and St. Stanislaus. She attended mass at St Andrews, where she would love going to her grandparent’s after mass as her Grandfather would always have a large pot of sauce waiting for the family’s day of togetherness. Jo Ann’s love for her family and extended family ran extremely deep as she enjoyed seeing her aunts, uncles and cousins at these weekly family engagements. During this time of her life, she also developed deep relationships with the girls she would hang out with at St Stanislaus. Jo Ann entered Franklin high school in 1957. In remembering back on her time there, she equated it to being like Rydell High from the movie Grease….without the singing and dancing. During that time, Jo Ann this sweet and quiet Italian girl met Jack Sadwick, a boy with Irish, Polish, and Lithuanian decent graduating from cross town Edison High School. On their second date, Jo Ann was known to have slapped Jack, who had tried to kiss her. Although skeptical about this young polish kid from the other side of the tracks, Frank would eventually love Jack as if his own son. Upon Jack’s graduation from high school, he joined the United States Navy. Hitchhiking back and forth from Norfolk, VA, Jack would go to great lengths to see his sweetheart. Despite that effort, it took Jack two proposal attempts before he wore her down in the beginning of her senior year and she said yes. December 2, 1961, Jack and Jo Ann finally got married at St. Andrews Church. During this period, Jo Ann joined Jack who had since been stationed in Holy Loch, Scotland on the USS Proteus. Jo Ann had interesting memories of her time in Scotland as a young bride as they had to boil their water when they wanted it hot, as well as the lack of other modern conveniences. Jo Ann also had to endure the scare of October 1962 as her new husband was off to Cuba to participate in the naval blockade known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. A month later, Jo Ann moved back home to prepare for the birth of their first son, Steve, on December 13th, 1962. October the next year, Jack is honorably discharged and moved back to Rochester where Jack and Jo Ann start to build their lives together. Over the next 7 years, Jack and Jo Ann add three more boys to their liter. Tim in 1964, Gregg in 1966 and Rick in 1970. During this time, Jack got a job at Kodak, and Jo Ann enjoyed being a household executive, leading her husband and boys to be good citizens. Jack and Jo Ann bought a cottage on Conesus lake, enjoyed roller skating together, bowling leagues with family and friends, and got into this cult known as….Square Dancing….. Oh, how they loved Square Dancing. They encourage Frank and Jo to join, and eventually her sister Judi (and Bill). They met and enjoyed so many people through dancing. They would often take the family on square dance camping trips where at night the parents would be at the rec hall dancing, while the kids could hang out with other kids and do delinquent things in the safety of the secluded campgrounds. Not being satisfied to just exposing her parents and sister to this cult-like activity, Jo Ann and Jack then started a kids square dancing club in their driveway in 1976 for kids. The activity was such a hit that it got to be too big for the driveway, so it eventually became the Jacks-N-Jills teen club at Parkside Elementary School in Irondequoit where their kids, and over 50 of their friends would meet each Thursday night, led by Jack, who was the square dance caller. In 1978, Jack and Jo Ann sold the cottage, and moved the family to Long Pond in Greece (the actual pond). As the boys became older, Jo Ann continued to make sure her boys had every opportunity to succeed, coordinating rides to and from sports practices and picking up part time jobs with the Greece Police Department and John Marshall High School. Jo Ann loved the police department because it gave her the opportunity to tell the police officers to NOT let her sons get off easy if they were ever picked up for anything…talk about tough love! Because of her good parenting though, this was never an issue. During the early 80’s Jo Ann got to see Steve (81), Tim (83) and Gregg (84) graduate and go on to college. Having additional free time, she decided to go back to school and work on her degree where she found herself (almost) in classes with Tim while they attended MCC together. 1986 saw a dramatic change to this classic All-American story. The love of her life, Jack, passes away from a stroke, changing everything. A couple weeks later, her oldest son Steve was off to serve as a newly minted Ensign in the Navy, and then in August, Jo Ann suffered from an aneurysm and her own stroke, leaving her partially disabled and in a position never to drive again. Despite that, Jo Ann pulls together her tattered family and continues to guide her boys, seeing Tim graduate from St John Fisher College in 1987, and Gregg graduate college and commissioned as an officer in the Navy in 1988, and Rick graduate high school in 1988, and then Syracuse University in 1992. Through the 90’s Jo Ann gets to see her family grow as she gets three new daughter-in-laws, and her first three grandchildren (Zak, Jake and Alex). It isn’t until 1998 though (37 years after marriage) that Jo Ann finally gets her first female addition to her family as her granddaughter Taylor enters the world. And then just after the close of the 90’s Jo Ann gets her final grandchild in Luke. In May of 2010, Jo Ann moves out of Georgetown Apartments where she had been living on her own, to move in with her son Tim. Because of this, Tim is now rumored to be in the top 4, when it comes to her favorite sons, but most would argue that he may even be number 1. Through this period, Tim becomes Jo Ann’s primary caregiver, arguably extending her life and the time we all got to enjoy her. During the last decade, Jo Ann attended numerous concerts that included; Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Vince Gill with Amy Grant, Anne Murray, Andy Williams, and Paul Anka. Her sons would also take her to Charlotte Beach as she liked to reminisce about the Piazza family reunions during the 1960's and early 1970s. She also enjoyed the visits by her sisters Judi and Marilyn and her brother Tony. Despite limited mobility, Jo Ann was always conscious of how she looked, eating balanced diets, always doing her make-up, wearing her earrings, and exercising using her old VHS tapes, right up until her very last night. As life has come full circle for Jo Ann, she can be best defined by her: - Love for her parents. She loved Frank and Jo so much, and missed them dearly - Love for her family. She loved her siblings and cousins - Love for her boys. She would do anything for them - Love for her grandchildren. She loved them unconditionally - Love for life. Which she fought for each and every day - Love for her husband Jack, who she is now with again.
Thursday
19
December

Visitation atFuneral Home

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc.
1411 Vintage Lane
Rochester, New York, United States
Thursday
19
December

Visitation

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, Inc.
1411 Vintage Lane
Rochester, New York, United States
Friday
20
December

Mass

10:00 am
Friday, December 20, 2019
St. Lawrence Church
1000 North Greece Road
Rochester, New York, United States
Friday
20
December

Final Resting Place

11:30 am
Friday, December 20, 2019
Riverside Cemetery
2650 Lake Ave.
Rochester, New York, United States
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