Joan Abbott Amato

March 7, 1933 - February 15, 2024
Joan Abbott Amato

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As with a good book that you hate to see end, so is the death of our mother Joan Amato. Joan was born in San Francisco on Tues March 7th 1933 and we all said our silent goodbyes on Thursday February 15th 2024. Joan’s life was like a good book with different settings, many friends and a family too big to hold all at once. She was always a great host and had many hobbies sewing, gardening, a reading, talking on the phone and keeping us all in line. In her retirement years she volunteered at the library and was involved in meals on wheels for several years. We will all remember her fondly.

She was preceded by her loving husband Ken of 66 years, her father Fred Abbott and mother Doris Sexton, her only sister Margie McManus and brother in law Jim McManus. She leaves behind her four children Cathy Blazer (David),Mike Amato (Audrey), Pete Amato (Lisa and Joe Amato (Sharon),six grandchildren Tina, Abbey, Jeff, Eric, Jason and Olivia, and eight great grandchildren Bailey, Noah, Sophie, James, Sydney, Grayson, Grady, and Vee. Her story will be told often by all of us and her spirit and love will never be forgotten. There are so many special people to be mentioned, loving niece’s Linda and Kim, Lifetime friends Babe(MaryJane) and Shirley and we will never forget them. We would like to thank the Nurses on the 3rd floor for their exceptional care, The entire staff at the Lifecare Center and especially Elaine, she enabled Mom to live at home independently the last 2 years.

A celebration of life will be on Saturday March 16th at the home of her daughter Cathy from 3-5pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Lower Cape Fear Lifecare 1406 Physicians Drive Wilmington, NC 28401 or a charity of your choosing.

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  • March 12, 2024
    Robin Page Rogers says:
    I loved Mrs. Joan Amato with all my heart. She was real, honest, direct, loving, warm and open. She was unique and like no other person I have ever known. When I met her, I was an impressionable teenager as Cathy and I were instantly best friends. Mrs. Amato was a Mother to Cathy (and to me). I am so thankful to have known her. Such a wonderful person will never be forgotten. She will be with all of us all for the rest of our lives. What a gift she has given to all of us. My love and prayers go out to all of her family.

  • February 26, 2024
    Royce Byrd says:
    I knew Joan for over 40 years. I have fond memories of her,Joe and family.

  • February 25, 2024
    Dale West Engelbert says:
    Fond memories of Joan and all the Amato family growing up on the same street in Pine Valley and seeing her and her family over the years. I will miss her.

  • February 25, 2024
    Jim and Carol Page says:
    In sympathy.

  • February 24, 2024
    Regina Snyder / Katherine (Snyder) Lyon says:
    Our condolences to all the Amato family. Fond memories of times shared together when you all lived in Pine Valley. As we both were one of the first families moving to Wilmington from California for General Electric, Mike often traveled back to California in the first year and I remember Joanie asking Mike to bring back some of her favorites from CA because she couldn’t find anything in stores here in this small town in 1969.