In memory of
JoAnn G. Arata
In memory of
JoAnn G. Arata
The vibrant and joyous life of JoAnn G. Arata ended peacefully on March 7, 2021. JoAnn was born in New Orleans on September 25, 1932, and spent the past 88 wonderful years spreading laughter, love and joy to all who knew her. She was devoted to her large and loving family. She was a caring and loyal friend. She was a dedicated civic activist and she was a faithful servant of her beloved Catholic Church. To know JoAnn Arata was to know kindness, compassion, generosity, and boundless energy. She served the city as the first female Chairman of New Orleans Parks and Parkway Commission, championing the revitalization of parks and play areas across New Orleans. She organized and hosted major exhibitions for the New Orleans Museum of Art, hosted tours for visiting dignitaries (sometimes with her kids in tow), organized professional education classes for lawyers, ran her kids' school PTA organizations and was an active member of the Church, all the while raising six children and logging 100,000 miles driving to innumerable birthday parties, swim meets, baseball and football games. JoAnn Paula Graffagnino Arata was a graduate of St. Mary's Dominican High School and Loyola University. At Loyola, JoAnn excelled in academics, she also met the love of her life, Blake Arata. Together they would have a family of seven children, sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren (with one on the way). JoAnn and Blake travelled with a passion: to every state in the nation and countries spread far and wide across the globe. And upon her return from each trip, JoAnn's consistent refrain: "We had a great time but I am so glad to be home. I love you and missed you all." No matter where she went or how far she travelled, her constant desire was to be with her family, and her family happily satisfied that desire. JoAnn travels now to her eternal home to reunite with her dear husband Blake and her beautiful son Bradley, her mother Antonia, her father Peter, her sister Betty, her brother Peter and her family and friends who have gone before her. She leaves behind six adoring children Cynthia Nicholson (Tom), Blake Arata, Elizabeth Wilson (Jimmy), Patrick Arata (Nicole), Michael Arata (Emily) and JoAnn Evans (Kenny), sixteen lucky grandkids (Courtney Wartko, Colin Nicholson, Brittany Campo, Brooke Arata, Bryce Arata, Patrick Ferguson, Peyton Arata, McKenzie Arata, Hartleigh Arata, Raegan Arata, Brendan Arata, Gabriel Arata, Rocko Arata, Geoffrey Evans, Emily Evans and Reid Evans), four beautiful great-grandkids, her twin brother Joel, her loving nieces and nephews, cousins and so many dear friends. JoAnn Arata lived the message of her life: love one another, live with gratitude, be of service to each other, and love the Lord. Her life was a gift and enriched all who knew her. She will be dearly missed. A celebration of JoAnn's life will be held in the fall. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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In memory of
JoAnn G. Arata
The vibrant and joyous life of JoAnn G. Arata ended peacefully on March 7, 2021. JoAnn was born in New Orleans on September 25, 1932, and spent the past 88 wonderful years spreading laughter, love and joy to all who knew her. She was devoted to her large and loving family. She was a caring and loyal friend. She was a dedicated civic activist and she was a faithful servant of her beloved Catholic Church. To know JoAnn Arata was to know kindness, compassion, generosity, and boundless energy. She served the city as the first female Chairman of New Orleans Parks and Parkway Commission, championing the revitalization of parks and play areas across New Orleans. She organized and hosted major exhibitions for the New Orleans Museum of Art, hosted tours for visiting dignitaries (sometimes with her kids in tow), organized professional education classes for lawyers, ran her kids' school PTA organizations and was an active member of the Church, all the while raising six children and logging 100,000 miles driving to innumerable birthday parties, swim meets, baseball and football games. JoAnn Paula Graffagnino Arata was a graduate of St. Mary's Dominican High School and Loyola University. At Loyola, JoAnn excelled in academics, she also met the love of her life, Blake Arata. Together they would have a family of seven children, sixteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren (with one on the way). JoAnn and Blake travelled with a passion: to every state in the nation and countries spread far and wide across the globe. And upon her return from each trip, JoAnn's consistent refrain: "We had a great time but I am so glad to be home. I love you and missed you all." No matter where she went or how far she travelled, her constant desire was to be with her family, and her family happily satisfied that desire. JoAnn travels now to her eternal home to reunite with her dear husband Blake and her beautiful son Bradley, her mother Antonia, her father Peter, her sister Betty, her brother Peter and her family and friends who have gone before her. She leaves behind six adoring children Cynthia Nicholson (Tom), Blake Arata, Elizabeth Wilson (Jimmy), Patrick Arata (Nicole), Michael Arata (Emily) and JoAnn Evans (Kenny), sixteen lucky grandkids (Courtney Wartko, Colin Nicholson, Brittany Campo, Brooke Arata, Bryce Arata, Patrick Ferguson, Peyton Arata, McKenzie Arata, Hartleigh Arata, Raegan Arata, Brendan Arata, Gabriel Arata, Rocko Arata, Geoffrey Evans, Emily Evans and Reid Evans), four beautiful great-grandkids, her twin brother Joel, her loving nieces and nephews, cousins and so many dear friends. JoAnn Arata lived the message of her life: love one another, live with gratitude, be of service to each other, and love the Lord. Her life was a gift and enriched all who knew her. She will be dearly missed. A celebration of JoAnn's life will be held in the fall. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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