Operation Gratitude Shares the Loss of Joan Mazzarelli

Joan Mezzarelli, Operation Gratitude, knitted scarves for troopsThere are many ways we here at home try to make a difference for our troops while they serve our country.  One woman in southern California has been dedicated to remembering the military in a very special way.  Our good friends at Operation Gratitude introduced the country to Joan Mazzarelli a few years ago, a woman who single handedly knitted an average of 500 scarves each year for Operation Gratitude to send to the military serving in Afghanistan.  You might say she’s experienced – she’s knitted for soldiers before… in World War 2.

Sadly, we’ve learned that Joan peacefully passed away last Saturday night in the arms of her daughter Paula Boland.  Joan graced this earth for exactly 99 years and 99 days. She will be sorely missed. 

Joan’s funeral will be Tuesday in Granada Hills but eulogies will be held Monday from 5-7pm.  We hope that everyone could take a moment and remember Joan and her family in thought and prayer at 5 oclock.

Founder Carolyn Blashak will be speaking during the funeral service on Tuesday on behalf of Operation Gratitude and all the military who have been blessed by Joan’s kindness . 

Joan’s family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Joan’s memory to Operation Gratitude.  Donations can be made here: Donate in Joan’s Memory or mailed to Operation Gratitude; 16444 Refugio Rd; Encino, CA 91436.  Please note the memorial with your donationn and a beautiful Tribute Letter will be sent to Joan’s family.

Please take a moment to learn more about this remarkable woman in this video from 2010: http://bit.ly/ybBxb1  .  May her spirit continue to warm the hearts of every soldier she so dearly cared for and dedicated her life to.  Thank you, Joan, and God bless.

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