Joan DeLeo of Guilford passed away on October 14, 2019. Joan was born in New Haven on February 13, 1934, the daughter of the late Arthur and Gertrude (Lynch) Vreeland. She graduated from Hillhouse High School then attended the Elm City Beauty Academy. Joan was a longtime resident of West Haven, a member of the West Haven Council of Arts and the West Haven Women's Club, and served as a Constable for the City of West Haven. Joan sang professionally under the name of Joannie Lynn with the Pat Dorn Orchestra, the Sal Libro Orchestra, the Guy Masella Orchestra, and various bands throughout the state as well as at nightclubs and on the radio. She worked for the University of New Haven prior to her retirement. A woman of elegance and style, she was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She was a loving, caring, and generous mom, grandma and friend. She loved animals and was especially proud of her grandson, Officer Vincent DeLeo, New Haven Police Department. She was dearly loved and will remain forever in our hearts. Joan is survived by her son Glen DeLeo and his wife Maria of East Haven, daughter Debra Loricco of North Haven, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and her brother Edward Vreeland of Scottsdale, Arizona. She was predeceased by her sister Dolores Ladusky. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Watrous Nursing Center for their compassionate care of Joan, especially Brad. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Memorial Mass on Friday, October 18th at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish at Our Lady of Pompeii Church, 355 Foxon Rd., East Haven. Interment will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park.

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  1. Vince,
    Sorry to hear about your grandmothers passing. My condolences to you & your family

    Frank Quadrino (NHPD Retired)

  2. Glen , Maria, and Vinnie, Sending thoughts prayers and love your way on the passing of Joan
    We think of you often and we are also proud of Officer Vincent…Love your Oberlin Rd neighbors, Eileen , Aaron and Morgan Esdaile

  3. To the family., I am sending my most heartfelt condolences on the passing of a good lunch friend over the years. We worked at UNH and Joan was a lovely person at all times. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time but she is now with God and relieved from her sufferings. God Bless you all. Silvia I. Hyde

  4. To Vinnie & family, I am sending my sincere condolences, thoughts & prayers. May you find comfort during this difficult time & may she RIP 🌹

  5. Joan rented our converted stable at 1700 Little Meadow Road in Guilford for 10 years (and then stayed on after we sold our house). She furnished it beautifully and made it into a cosy home. We became friends and spent time together. Joan loved animals including our Great Dane and later our two mini dachshunds. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren and shared pics of her lovely family with us and told us of her singing career. Joan met members of our families and gave gifts to our grandchildren. We exchanged gifts with her at Christmas and shared our news. We knew of her illness and visited her when she moved into the senior assisted living facility. We always kept in touch with her and knew that something was wrong when we didn’t hear from her. We were so sad to hear of her death and send our condolences to her family. Susanne (Harris) Flodstrom and Stig Flodstrom

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