Joan C Ciociola was born November 4, 1942 in New Haven, Connecticut.
She was the daughter of the late Alphonse and Rose Ciociola and sister of the late Rev. Alan Ciociola.
She is survived by her brother, Rev. Michael A. Ciociola, Yuba City, CA. Also Michael’s wife, Dona, and nephew, Rev. Michael D. Ciociola of Yuba City, CA and niece, Michelle Wise of Roseville, CA.
Joan was a graduate of Wilbur Cross High School, previously employed by Yale University Accelerator Lab, and served as Secretary-Treasurer of New England Meats and Poultry.
Joan, affectionately known as Ms Joannie, founded a 501C organization called Samaritan Regional Services (SRS) and for more than 25 years ministered to the underserved inner city children of New Haven. Modeled after Pastor Bill Wilson’s Sidewalk Sunday School in Brooklyn, New York, Joan took to the streets of New Haven to carry a message of hope and purpose to children. She influenced literally thousands of children throughout the greater New Haven area and was networked well with law enforcement, the school district and local politicians. Her ministry to children provided food, nursery school, clothing, birthday and Christmas gifts/celebrations and a weekly message of hope delivered by a committed team of volunteers.
Ms Joanie was a long standing member of Church on the Rock in New Haven, and through the support of her church, outreach to other churches and private donations, she was able to accomplish her outstanding mission. Joan’s leadership and commitment to helping children will be missed.
Her life, in essence, was a prayer, a fulfillment of Jesus’ message to “love one another and I have loved you.” With her passing, she is one with the Lord who she served so well.
A memorial service is pending.