HAMDEN Sister Joanne Pastori, a member of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, died on June 28 at Sacred Heart Manor.
She was born on Sept. 21, 1911, in Milan, Italy. She entered the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Aug. 18, 1932, professed her first vows on Aug. 23, 1933, and professed her perpetual vows on Aug. 24, 1939.
Sister Joanne received degrees in English and teaching from Mount Mercy College (now Carlo University) in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Fairfield University and was certified in administration, English and social studies.
Sister Joanne spent her more than 70 years of active ministry as a teacher or principal in schools or religious education programs at St. Anthony and St. Donato parishes, both in New Haven; Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hamden; and in New York, Pennsylvania and California. She also served on her orders provincial council from 1968-78.
She also ministered at the Clelian Adult Day Care Center in Hamden for seven years before her official retirement to Sacred Heart Manor in 2006. After retiring, she became an Apostle Adorer, living a ministry of prayer.
She is survived by nephew John Pastori and cousin Martina Garavaglia.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on June 30 in the chapel at Sacred Heart Manor. Interment followed in All Saints Cemetery in North Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514-2801.