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Memorial Service Monday for Joan M. Gucciardo

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Joan M. (Kevens) Gucciardo, age 89 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018, in Valparaiso, IN.

She was born on December 15, 1928, in Gary, Indiana, to Stanley and Mary (Zwierz) Kevens.

Joan is survived by her step-son, William (Kathy Wagner) Gucciardo; grandson, Michael (Amanda) Gucciardo; niece, Kristin (Tony) Ursano; cousin, Mattie Neff; fuzzy companion, Razzle Dazzle; many nieces, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Frank Gucciardo.

Joan graduated from Tolleston High School in 1944. She went to Indiana University obtaining a bachelorís degree in Elementary Education, and later a masterís degree in Elementary Education with a library endorsement. After five years in the classroom, she opened the first Matriarch Center in Gary. In 1961, she transferred to Noble School in Miller and continued her career to a span of 44 years. She was the president of the Beta Gamma Pi Chapter and the National President in 1981. She loved gardening, crossword puzzles and her fuzzy companion, Razzle Dazzle.

A special thank you to Kathy Gucciardo, daughter-in-law, for her loving, caring, and kindness and taking such good care of her. And a special thank you to the Wagner family, Rose, Julie, Joe, Marty and Tony.

Memorial service will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018, at 12:00 p.m., at Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, IN, 46304, with Pastor Scott Jones officiating.

A memorial visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Independent Cat Society, P.O. Box 735, Westville, IN, 46391, or to a charity of the donorís choice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at



Posted 1/19/2018




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