Joann Teresa Laccetti, 87, of Peachtree Corners, entered the gates of heaven on Sunday Dec. 6 after a lengthy illness. She would have been 88 on Christmas Day. A fiercely devoted mother and wife of the late George T. Laccetti, Joann’s vocation was one thing and one thing only: the nurturing of her late husband and four children Susan (Garrett Meyers); Karen (David Reece); Thomas and James and her two grandchildren Ally (Zach Underwood) and Drew Reece (Elizabeth) and her great grandson Henry Underwood. While other women pursued careers and hobbies, Joann’s focus and joy were found in watching her children, grandchildren and great grandson grow and mature as testimonies to the love of God.
Others would say they knew Joann and George’s children and the mark they made on the world because how they raised them. Joann was born in Union City, N.J. and was the only child of Selena and Walter Letfuss. She worked in New York City in an office on Park Avenue where she met her spouse of 58 years. They moved to Dunwoody in 1973 when his company transferred to Atlanta. There was never a stranger who met Joann including at her senior living facility – The Mansions – or at Northside Hospital where she has been treated for over a year for a devastating blood disorder. She always was more concerned about what she could do to brighten their day and how their lives were going than her own. She was the perfect example of Christian selflessness in a selfish world. She leaves a great hole in the hearts of her family and friends who loved her. A funeral mass will be celebrated at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Catholic Charities Atlanta, Wreaths Across America or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Burial will be at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton on Monday, Dec. 14. The family takes comfort in knowing not only she is rejoicing with God as she is in her heavenly home, but she is reunited with her beloved husband George Laccetti.