Joan Luca Obituary

Joan M. Luca
Joan M. Luca

August 16, 1931 - May 3, 2017
Born in North Hempstead, New York
Resided in Hastings, MN


Joan M Luca, recently of Hastings, MN, formerly of Exton PA , The Villages, FL and Laurel, NY, passed away on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at Regina Nursing Home. She was the beloved wife of the late Raymond Russell Luca, sharing 64 years of marriage together.

Born August 16, 1931 in North Hempstead, NY, Joan was the daughter of the late Robert and Anne (nee Callahan) Malito.

She grew up in Great Neck NY, spending summers at the beach on the North Fork of Long Island. A graduate of Great Neck High School and Katharine Gibbs School, she worked as a Legal Secretary for law firms throughout Long Island. Eventually, Joan settled in Laurel NY where she spent 30 plus years raising her family.
Joan was bright yet humble . She made friends quickly with her kindness and sincerity. She remembered everybody's name and was always open and welcoming. Being small in stature was never an obstacle for Joan. Her rapier wit and immense vocabulary made here formidable beyond her size.
Joan enjoyed reading, knitting, cross stitch and gardening. She was an amazing cook, known for her pasta and meat balls, sausage and peppers, and her husband's holiday favorites, sour string beans and mincemeat pie.
Joan's real love was her family and friends and the holiday gatherings she would host. Christmas was a special time for Joan as she enjoyed both the religious and festive aspects of the season. She was deeply religious, a kind and caring woman. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and best friend and will be deeply missed.

Joan was predeceased in death by her husband Raymond "Sookie" and survived by her daughter, Diane (Larry) McCabe, of Minnesota; sons, Guy (Holly Dawn) Luca, of Iowa, and Robert (Lydia) Luca, of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Kerry Ann, Gregory Ward, and Connor James McCabe, and Callie Anne and Christopher Russell Luca, and her brother Robert (Joann) Malito of South Carolina.
Memorial service 11:00 am Friday, May 5 at The Church of St. Rita (8694 80th St S. Cottage Grove, MN)
In lieu flowers, please consider a donation to Regina Senior Living, Hastings, MN specifically for the chapel,




St. Rita's Catholic Church
8694 80th St. S.
Cottage Grove, MN US 55016
Friday, May 5, 2017
11:00 AM