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MARGARETVILLE - Mary Joan Stevenson Locasto of Margaretville, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Mountainside Nursing Facility in Margaretville on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.
She was born in Brooklyn, on Nov. 4, 1932, the only child of John Stevenson and Mary Tobin Stevenson, who predeceased her. She was the wife of Anthony Charles (Tone) Locasto, who predeceased her. Her daughter, Rosemary Locasto Fricke, also predeceased her.
Joan was a graduate of St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Brooklyn and also attended Ulster County Community College.
She enjoyed using the skills she had acquired in various office positions including personal administrative assistant to Lewis Kolar with the M-ARK Project Inc., proofreading and assisting the editors at both Catskill Life and The Catskill Mountain News. She also enjoyed getting to know many people as part of the wait staff at the Andes Hotel.
A longtime resident of Margaretville, Joan had a ready smile and friendly greeting for all as she actively participated in her community. She won awards for her photography which was featured in local exhibitions and publications. Joan was an avid knitter who enjoyed creating labors of love for family and friends as well as sharing patterns with fellow members of the knitting guild. She also loved participating in lively discussions of the latest novel with friends at local book club meetings and dining at local restaurants with the Catskill Mountain Food Network.
Joan is survived by a daughter, Katherine Locasto, and four sons, Robert Locasto, Frederick C. Locasto, John R. Locasto, and Anthony J. Locasto; 17 grandchildren, Deborah Fricke Riley, Robert Fricke, Donna Fricke Yngstrom, Dana Fricke Flaherty, Eric Fricke, Christina Locasto McClanahan, Dawn Locasto Adachi, Heather Locasto, Anthony C. Locasto, Taki Panagiotis Locasto, Heather Locasto Shapiro, Tiffany Locasto, Johnathon Locasto, Katelin Locasto, Martin Locasto, Joseph Locasto, and Alex Locasto; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Calling hours are tentatively scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 4, at Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville, followed by a memorial service and burial at 11 a.m., May 5.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joan's memory to the Margaretville Library.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
Published on February 11, 2018
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