Joan Tannous Zeppetella
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Obituary of Joan Tannous Zeppetella

Zeppetella, Joan (Tannous)

Suddenly on January 21, 2018, at the age of 77. She is predeceased by her parents Morris & Margaret (Nassar) Tannous; sister, Carol Anne Tannous.  She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, John S. Zeppetella; cousins, Kay Gillespie & JudieLynn (Thomas) Nassar McAvinney, Donald (Chong) Azer, Frances Azer, Harry Azer, Patrick McAvinney, Brenna (Michael) Bonis, Bradley (Darla) Butcher, Jean (Steve) Zmich & Amy Butcher (Dane)Millett; several cousins and friends.

Joan’s visitation will be held 2-7PM on Sunday at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (between Rte. 390 & Long Pond Rd).
Joan’s Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated on Monday 10am at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 4100 Lyell Rd. Entombment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude the Apostle Church, 4100 Lyell Rd, Rochester NY 14606 in Joan’s memory.

Joan Elizabeth Tannous was born on October 17, 1940 in Rochester NY, daughter to Morris & Margaret (Nassar) Tannous. Her education started with St. Augustines Elementary and high school at Our Lady of Mercy. This early childhood experience led her to pursue nearly twenty years of college learning. Degrees earned were an Associates Degree in 1962 at Catherine Mcauley College, BA & MA in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo, her MPA degree from SUNY Brockport and culminated in her PHD in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York. During the early 1970’s, Joan acquired several New York State certifications, which she utilized during her career. Her education included learning three languages in addition to her native English – Arabic, Latin and French.


Joan’s professional experience started with the DePaul Clinic in 1968 and continued through the merger with St. Mary’s Hospital and later on Park Ridge Hospital. She served as a counselor until 2005, at which time she continued counseling in private duty. During her career she completed many grant applications for various human services and social justice efforts. Joan also assisted with creating internal record audits, budget and finance, staff policy & procedures and various administrative assignments.


Joan’s professional society memberships included the American Psychological Association, American Catholic Psychological Association, National Association for School Psychologists, School Psychologists of Upstate New York, Genesee Valley Psychological Association, Orton Society for the Learning Disabled and the National Association of Fund Raising Executives.


Her professional life led her to several decades of community volunteerism. Organizations that she helped were: serving on the Board of Directors for Our Lady of Mercy High School Alumnae Association as well as serving as it’s President; member of the Rochester Fights Drug Program; Staff Coordinator of Business Blitz for the United Way; Chairperson of the Parish Council at St. Augustine Church; member of the Diocese of Rochester Pastoral Council & the Executive Committee; member of the Board of Directors at Foodlink.


Joan will be missed for her optimistic presence and her beaming smile, she will be missed by all whom were touched by her.