Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

Joann R. DeCarbo, 87

Mrs. Joann R. DeCarbo, 87, of Ellwood City passed away on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021 at her residence with her loving family at her bedside.

Mrs. DeCarbo was born on January 19, 1934 in Ellwood City to the late John and Rose A. (Colao) Pacella. She is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1952. Joann had worked at Eiselen Drug Store which was on Wampum Avenue in Ellwood City as a clerk, for Ray Hoffman and later WKST radio station both as a bookkeeper, and ESB Bank as a teller. She is a member of the Holy Redeemer Parish, where she was a member of the Christian Mothers, the church choir, and a long time volunteer at the annual church bazaar. Joann belonged to the Mystical Rose Society and served as their secretary. She enjoyed crafts, baking, traveling, flower gardening, watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers, and most of all her grandchildren. She also had a passion for collecting and displaying her Christmas Village which included more than 100 miniature houses and businesses, with hundreds of tiny figures.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony J. “Lefty” DeCarbo whom she married on April 26, 1958, her daughters, Angela Minnitti of Perry Twp., Elaine DeCarbo of New Brighton, Cris DeCarbo (Mark Goebel) of Wayne Twp., her son, Anthony DeCarbo (Lynne Tatro) of Santa Barbara, CA, her grandchildren, Cindy Janay, Anthony DeAngelo, Adam DeAngelo, John Minnitti, Nicole Minnitti, Philip DeCarbo, Dalton Stewart, Marissa McGarry, Kendall Arnold and Riley Arnold, and her 7 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Rita Bennett and Lena Demeter, her brothers, Frank, Charles, and Arthur Pacella, her daughter-in-law, Tina DeCarbo, and her son-in-law, Dennis Minnitti.

The family would like to thank the UPMC North West Hospice from UPMC Jameson Hospital, especially Pastor Marsha, Arlene, Val, Laura, and Taylor for the wonderful care they extended to Joann.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 6-8 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc.. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday at 10:00 am at the Holy Redeemer Church with Father Philip Farrell officiating. Interment will follow at the Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. DeCarbo’s name may be made to; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


  • ERNEST F YOUNG Posted April 29, 2021 5:48 am

    Lefty- I am so sorry to read of the passing of your partner for the last 63 years. She now lives in Heaven with our Lord and those you and her loved who were called Home before her. May our Lord give you the strength to go forward, stand tall, and be the pillar for those around you. God Bless you and all who loved her.
    My heart felt sympathies Lefty,

  • Donald and Barbara Maine Posted April 29, 2021 8:03 pm

    Lefty and girls. We are so very sorry for your loss. . Heaven has another angel to watch over all of you. Sending Prayers of comfort for all. ❤

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