Joan Canavan Mazzatenta

December 18, 1935 - April 5, 2010
Joan Canavan Mazzatenta

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Joan Canavan Mazzatenta, 74, of Hendersonville died Monday, April 5, 2010, at the Elizabeth House following a brief illness. She was born in Lima, Ohio. Prior to moving to Hendersonville 17 years ago, she had lived in Warren, Michigan, for 28 years.

She was a Department Secretary at the Lima Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, prior to her marriage.

An active member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, she served as a Eucharistic Minister for the 11:30 mass and was a longtime member of the Womenís Guild at the church and a participant in Roseís Ministry.

Joan was an ardent Atlanta Braves fan, an avid gardener, and a lover of mystery novels.

Surviving is her family with whom she was very close: husband of 47 years, Ernest D. Mazzatenta; sons Michael Lawrence Mazzatenta and wife Joan of Mesa, Arizona; Mark Andrew Mazzatenta and wife Toni of Greensboro; daughter Maureen Rose Mazzatenta of Shelby Township, Michigan; two grandchildren Andrew and Carolyn; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30am on Friday at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Hendersonville. The Reverend John Salvas will officiate. A reception will follow in the St. Francis Hall. Burial will take place at 2:00pm in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. The family will receive friends from 2-4pm and from 6-9pm Thursday at Shuler Funeral Home, with a prayer service to be held at 7:00pm.

Contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to the LCC Education Foundation for Scholarships, PO Box 1505, Lima, 45802.


Friday, April 9, 2010
12:00 AM

Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Angels Chapel - Directions
208 7th Ave. West
Hendersonville, NC 28791

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  • April 07, 2010
    Carolyn Dawson says:
    Dear Ernie and family, I am out of town,but wanted to espressmy sympathy. I am so sorry to hear about Joan, please know that all of you are in my prayers. My God keep you in His care. Carol D

  • April 15, 2010
    Barry Macdonald says:
    I'll always remember Joan's sweet persona and calming spirit. Ernie, my thoughts and prayers are with you through this time.

  • April 12, 2010
    Rich Willenberg says:
    From all of us at Creative Solutions Group, our deepest sympathy to everyone. Remember all of the good times and it will carry you through.

  • April 09, 2010
    Sheila Calloway says:
    I recognized Joan right away in the obituaries, as her husband, Ernest was one of my professors at Montreat College (class of 2000). He spoke often of her. May God bring you comfort in the coming days, Prof. Mazzatenta. Peace.

  • April 08, 2010
    Todd Fortune & Family says:
    Mazzatenta Family I am so sorry to hear of your loss, I know personally what you are feeling. My prayers will include all of you in this sad moment of time. There are always the happier moments to cherish--as life seems to glide on by leaving us all but memories. May you carry beautiful ones with you every passing day. You are all thought of. Todd Fortune and Family