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Joan Leva

February 10, 2024

Joan Leva Obituary

Joan Leva, a trailblazer, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed

away peacefully at the age of 91. Joan was predeceased by her loving husband Louis

Leva and parents Joseph and Virginia Romano. After an upbringing in Brooklyn NY, she

moved with her family to Iselin NJ, where she helped plant the roots of her legacy. Born

into a time of great change, Joan’s life was a testament to her resilience, intelligence,

and unwavering dedication to those she held dear.

Joan’s journey was marked by her pioneering spirit, especially in her professional life. In

an era when women were often overlooked in the corporate world, she carved out a

remarkable career for herself at Price Waterhouse in New York City. Joan’s tenure at

this prestigious firm was not just a job but a statement of her belief in the power of hard

work, integrity, and the right of women to stand shoulder to shoulder with their male

counterparts. Her success laid a foundation of inspiration for countless women who

would follow in her footsteps, proving that barriers could be broken, and ceilings


Beyond her professional achievements, Joan’s heart belonged to her family. She was a

cherished mother to Ernest Leva M.D. and his wife Michelle Leva RN along with her

loving daughter Geralyn Zannetti and husband Gene Zannetti, teaching them the values

of hard work, resilience, and the importance of family bonds. Joan’s legacy of love is

vividly alive in her children, through whom her teachings and memories continue to


As a grandmother to six grandchildren, Louis Leva DDS and his wife Kimberly Leva,

Joseph Leva, Christopher Leva and his wife Emeline Leva, Gene Zannetti and his wife

Gina Zannetti, Jeffery Zannetti and his wife Lisa Zannetti and Father Gregory Zannetti,

and a great-grandmother to eleven great-grandchildren, Joan was a figure of immense

love and joy. She reveled in the achievements and happiness of each one, offering

stories, and laughter in abundance. Joan’s presence was a gift that enriched the lives of

her family members, creating cherished memories that will last for generations.

Joan’s life was a rich tapestry of love, dedication, and pioneering spirit. Her role as a

trailblazer at Price Waterhouse, coupled with her devotion to her family, made her a

remarkable woman whose legacy will continue to inspire. Her guidance and love have

left an indelible mark on her family, teaching them the value of hard work, the

importance of family, and the enduring power of love.

In lieu of flowers, or if one would like to donate in her name, the family requests that you

send your donation to :

Monastery of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, 189 Madison Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960

Joan Leva’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of her loved ones, but her spirit and

legacy will forever guide and inspire them. She will be deeply missed, but her memory

will always be cherished, a beacon of love, strength, and perseverance.

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February 12, 2024

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Gosselin Funeral Home
660 New Dover Road
Edison, New Jersey 08820

February 12, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Gosselin Funeral Service (New Dover Road, Edison)

Day of Funeral Visitation
February 13, 2024

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Gosselin Funeral Service (New Dover Road, Edison)

Funeral Mass
February 13, 2024

10:00 AM
St Helena Church

February 13, 2024

11:15 AM
St Gertrude Cemetery (Colonia, Lisa&)


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