JoAnne Mitidieri Sanders

joanne sanders

May 11, 1944 ~ May 12, 2021

Born in: Queens, NY
Resided in: Smithtown, NY

Loving mom and grandmother, JoAnne Mitidieri Sanders, age 77, passed away on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021. She devoted her life to her family and to helping others. In her early adult life, she worked for the Red Cross and later spent 35 years as Director of the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where she helped to run a shelter, pass laws, policy and supply services to victims of abuse. Her later years were spent closely with her daughters, grandsons, dog Max and close friends. She is survived by her daughters Karin and Gail Felicia, grandsons Brandon, Daniel and Cristian, dog Max and many friends and family members.




Visitation: June 5, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Service: June 5, 2021 3:45 pm

Branch Funeral Home Smithtown
190 E. Main St.

Private- Cremation:

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  1. candleA life in service to others is a life so well-lived.
    I’ll miss your kind and fun spirit.
    With love always,

  2. candleWe had some fun times and good talk especially our Saturday morning breakfasts. Miss you my dear friend.

  3. You were the most passionate and unassuming advocate for women in crisis I’ve ever known. You saved so many lives. Uncle Giuseppe and I will miss you! Much love.

  4. candleI’ll always remember JoAnne’s wise and committed leadership of the Coalition. A life well lived. She will be missed

  5. I will always remember the sound of your laughter, the pride in your daughters and grand children. The world will be dimmer without your light. ❤️❤️❤️

  6. candleJoAnne knew that helping others was the secret sauce to a happy life. She made it her career. A career that had her meeting with political leaders, business leaders and with courts to make sure those needing help received it. Amazingly, although offering that help exposed her to people in desperate situations, incredible sadness and even danger, she never lost her love of life, sense of humor or her sunny disposition. Many will miss her.

  7. Such a beautiful soul. I will forever remember your crumble cake and those wonderful lobsters… above all, your kind and gentle hospitality to me and my family. You have been part of my children’s lives from afar for so many years and have a very dear place in all our hearts. I promise you that we will always be there for Karin and Cristian… sleep well dear Joanne xxx

  8. Joanne was a very special person, doing very special work for decades. Her name and work will live with us forever. I am happy to see she celebrated her 77th birthday. But so sad that she was 77 for only one day

  9. Jo Anne truly made a difference. Her leadership, inovative ideas, and compassion aided survivors achieve a better life.She was extraordinary, intelligent, fun loving, idealistic yet practical. A peron I was so pleased to call friend. I willmiss her.

  10. candleJoanne You were my guiding light when I was hired by the Coalition. I never stopped admiring you, even across the miles after leaving Long Island. To this day I tell current colleagues about your amazing positive influence on my professional life and journey. Your strength, wisdom, and dedication to helping others will always be written on my heart.

  11. Remembering Christmas Eve’s and the seven fishes, wide Christmas trees and lots of lively political discussions. You are greatly loved and missed!

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