Ocala - Joan Carol Deese, 82, passed away September 10, 2022. She was born December 5, 1939 in New Haven, CT to the late Joseph and Rose Antinolfi. She married the love of her life Luther Deese in 1962 and spent the next 58 years at each other’s side living in other countries, traveling the world, & building an amazing life together. Along with being an amazing wife and mother, Joannie was well known for her kindness and generosity. She loved entertaining her friends and family often cooking authentic Italian cuisine. She and Luther loved going out dancing and celebrating with friends. Early on, she worked as a Secretary for the Department of Defense for many years while she and Luther raised their two sons. Joannie made her final wishes known that she wanted no one to mourn her passing. Instead she asked that family and friends cherish the memories created over the years until they meet again.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and beloved husband, Luther Deese.
She is survived by her sons, Robert (Dawn) Deese and Luther Deese; grandchildren, Nico and Deanna, brother Joseph Antinolfi, & sister Libera Iacobucci.