"To Gregg, Marie, Nick and Paula,
We are heartbroken to hear that beautiful young Joanne is no longer with us. Although once we stopped travelling with our parents we did not see much of each other, I am happy to have a relatively recent memory of Joanne and Gregg visiting Toronto, giving us an opportunity to spend time together and just have some fun as we checked out the local art, had a few drinks and even had a chance to take in a comedy club. Prior to that I visited Cleveland with my children, and while at the Italian festival downtown with Dolores' family, Joanne met up with us; having a passion for running, she arrived water bottle in hand and of course the rest of her running gear! That's the Joanne I'll remember - fun, athletic, beautiful.
Heaven called for Joanne far too soon. Be strong and know you are in our prayers. I believe Joanne would want all her loved ones to live life as she did - with true zest! Knowledge that she is now at peace and that one day we will all be reunited with her can comfort us all.
With love, your cousin, RoseAnn Del Balso
Sincerest condolences from Maria, Jovann, Michael and David Del Balso"
I'm so very sorry for your loss. My dear friend Joanne was one of the most courageous people I have ever met. Through it all, she never complained once and and was always concerned about everyone else. I will miss and love her forever."