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Obituary for Joanne "Joni" N. Sevarino (Cancemi)

Joanne “Joni” Nancy Sevarino (nee Giavanna Nunzia Cancemi) 92, of West Hartford, CT, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Nov. 4, 1927 in the Bronx, New York. Her mother  Maria Puma died in childbirth with a baby boy when Joni was 23 months. She and her identical twin, Lillian, were raised by her wonderful father Angelo. The girls moved to Thompsonville, CT when Joni was about 13.  A few years later, she met her future husband, Paul Joseph Sevarino, when he was in the US Army Air Forces.  Joni and Paul were married at St. Patrick’s Church in a grand double wedding in Thompsonville on April 19, 1947.  They had 3 children, Paulette, Angelo and Kevin. They later moved to West Hartford, CT in 1968.  Joni trained at St. Francis Hospital, and worked for a chiropractor in West Hartford and then dentist in West Springfield, until joining McCook Hospital in Hartford, CT as an EKG/EEG technician in 1968.  McCook became the UConn Health Center in Farmington, CT in 1971, and after almost 20 years she retired from there in 1987.  In retirement, Joni and Paul were avid world travelers and also enjoyed day trips to local flea markets, antique shops and tag sales. Joni had a keen eye for collectables and finding the perfect gifts for her family and friends.  She particularly enjoyed dolls, Pinocchio’s, Hummel’s, glassware, Limoges Boxes, Beanie Babies and books. When home, she loved embroidering and cross stitched quilts, wall hangings, and pillow cases that displayed her deep love and dedication to her family. Joni was an active member of Elmwood and West Hartford Senior Centers where she volunteered taking blood pressures in her community. She enjoyed playing Bingo and going on trips offered by the Senior Center. She and Paul were an inspiring couple who loved and adored their 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She always put family first and was present and active in all of their lives.  The highlight of the year was Christmas Eve at their house which happened consecutively for 72 years.  “Nana” had a special bond with each and every one of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and forever cherished.  Both Paul and Joni were able to remain in their beloved West Hartford home until their passing.  She was predeceased by her mother Maria, her father Angelo, her husband Paul 2 months shy of their 70th wedding anniversary, and her son-in-law Robert A. Morse II.  She is survived by her sister Lillian, her daughter, Paulette Morse of Amesbury, MA, her son and daughter-in-law Angelo and Jean Sevarino of Broad Brook, CT, and her son and daughter-in-law Kevin Sevarino and Kim Kelvey-Sevarino of Cheshire, CT, her grandchildren Allison and Kevin Stone, Melissa and Jeffrey Carrington,  Matthew and Lora Sevarino, David and Julie LaPointe, Courtney Sevarino, James Burghoff, Christopher Burghoff, Michael Sevarino and Marlyse Toussou, Nicholas Sevarino and Marina Raynis, Laura and Philip Vogt, and the great-grandchildren: Samantha, Jacob and Benjamin Stone, Natalie and Grace Carrington, Anthony, Andrew and Nicholas Sevarino, Emily, Britney, Tiffany and Ava LaPointe, Chayton and Isaac Gonzalez, and Lucas Paul Vogt.  The family would like to thank her loving caregivers, Kinga, Lilianna, Dominika and Katarzyna, and the superior ICU team at UConn Health Center for their compassionate care.  Due to Covid-19 a private graveside service was held on October 2, 2020.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Elmwood Senior Center, 1106 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, CT 06110. For information to view her previously recorded service or to leave online expressions of sympathy please visit,