Joan M. Deciutiis

May 28, 1946 ~ June 28, 2020 (age 74)



Joan went into heaven on Sunday, June 28 at Ocean Pines, Maryland.  She died of cardiac arrest at the age of 74 years.  She is survived by her two children Nicholas DeCiutiis, Jr. (Roxanne) of Damascus, Maryland, and Nanette Bonsby (Michael) of Woodbine, Maryland. She leaves behind four grandchildren Cierra, Samantha, Bridgette, and Nicholas III, and one great grandchild Kendall. She is also survived by Elige Wilson Smith, Jr. who was Joan’s companion for many years.

Joan was born in Washington, DC on May 28, 1946.  Joan’s parents were John and Margaret (Helfrick) Keegan.  John was of Irish descent and Margaret was of German and Irish descent.  She spent her formative years in the Silver Spring, Maryland area and had a happy childhood and made life-long friendships with several of her playmates.  She graduated from Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, MD. Upon graduation she worked at a department store, podiatrist office, and a few other jobs before joining the Federal Government.  She enjoyed her various positions with the Department of Health and Human Services where she attained great success as an efficient and organized manager and executive secretary.  In 1965 she married Nicholas DeCiutiis.  The couple had two children.  A son Nicholas, Jr. was born in 1966 and a daughter Nanette was born in 1970.  Joan and Nicholas divorced in 1980.

Joan had her two children Nicholas and Nanette which in turn has two children each Cierra and Nicholas, III and Samantha and Bridgette in that sequence. Cierra met Liam in 2018 and they had a child Kendall.  In summary Joan had two children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

In 1980 Joan met Elige (Smitty) at their place of work with the Indian Health Service in Rockville, Maryland and they formed an instant relationship which lasted the rest of her life.  Upon retirement in 2016 she and Mr. Smith moved to Ocean Pines where she quickly made many friends. She enjoyed going to the swimming pool and spending the day basking in the sun and playing games such as Mahjong. She loved retirement in Ocean Pines and really enjoyed life.

Joan will always be remembered as a “full of life” person and was extremely fond of her children, grand-children, and especially her great-grand child Kendall.

We shall all miss her in the most pleasant and fondest way and will forever remember her as a warm and loving person.  Goodbye Joan and may God Bless you.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday July 10th at 11:00am at St. Michael Catholic Church Poplar Springs, Mt. Airy, MD 21771.

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