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Joan Alma Latwaitis

Joan Alma Latwaitis

Myrtle Beach, SC 

Joan Alma Latwaitis, 88, died Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. Born September 11, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, the only child of the late Frank Sellars and Josephine (Voelker).

Joan was a graduate of Franklin K. Lane High School.  She raised her family of five children with her husband Ernie in Howard Beach, NY, where she was an active member of St. Barnabas Lutheran Church, acting in plays and singing in the choir, in addition to serving on the church council and leading Sunday School.  She was also a Girl Scout leader and positively influenced many young women.  After moving south 30 years ago, she became a member of Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. 

Volunteering was her passion.   Upon moving to Myrtle Beach, Joan continued this devotion and became a volunteer at the Grand Strand Hospital Gift Shop where she played a pivotal role for the Auxiliary, raising funds to support the Health Profession Scholarship Program.  Her dedication and commitment to selflessly serve others earned her many accolades, most notably the “Frist Humanitarian Award” in 1996, and “Volunteer of the Year 2018-2019”.  

Joan was an avid reader and loved bingo.  She enjoyed traveling with her family and was a fan of trivia, classic movies, and musicals.  Joan was very proud of being the Matriarch to five generations, and will always be celebrated for her boundless generosity, unwavering kindness, and joyful gift of gab! 

Joan was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Ernest Allen; a son, James Arthur (Maureen dec.); a daughter, Mary King (Charles); and a son, Richard Andrew (Laura). She is survived by a daughter, Kathleen Lovero (William dec.) and a son, Ernest Latwaitis (Kathy).  She has 15 grandchildren: Elizabeth Love, Kathy-Jo Guillory, Julie Watson, Jamie Latwaitis, Ernie Latwaitis, Charlie Latwaitis, Michael Latwaitis, Briana Motyka, Frank King, Richie Latwaitis, Danielle Latwaitis (dec.), Rebecca Latwaitis (dec.), Billy King, Josephine Musto, and Suzanna Latwaitis.  She is Great Grandmother to 19 and Great-Great Grandmother to 4. She also leaves behind a cousin, Barbara Hope of Billings, Montana; God daughter Linda Olson of The Villages, FL, and will be truly missed by her best friend of 70 years, Marie Mullins of Howard Beach, NY.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grand Strand Hospital Scholarship Fund, 809 82nd Parkway, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572.

A Graveside Funeral Service will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery for the family, with Pastor Brad Bellah officiating.

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Joann Miller-Lee
Bradford, PA
Created On: 05/26/2020 02:17:28

Joanie is my Second Cousin; my Grandmother Dottie Miller's (born Adelia Dorothy Sellars) Niece, and my Father's Cousin (Clifford Frank Miller). I called and spoke with her not very long ago, and was amazed at her fantastic memory, and the fact that she was still volunteering at the Hospital which she Dearly Loved. We all Loved her so, and I will miss her wonderful stories and Information about the Family History. I would love to get to know the rest of the Sellars Family; had grown up in Lindenhurst, NY and moved to San Diego in 1978; then just recently moved to PA. Thank you so much Kathy for calling me. Sending My Love and Condolences to the Family and Friends. Thanks so much for sharing all of the Beautiful Photos. I can be reached at 425-365-3896.

Stacey MullenO'Toole
Howard Beach, New York
Created On: 05/25/2020 23:34:13

I am deeply saddened to learn of "Aunt" Joanie's passing. She was such a strong, vibrant, fun loving and kind person. I remember spending time as a young girl with her and her children. She was best friends with my mother, Marie (Rosemary) Mullen for 70 years. Although they were many miles away from each other they still kept in touch and saw each other whenever they could. My mom is so heartbroken to have lost her best friend. I know they will be together again in a better place. To have known her was to love her. Sincere condolences to her family.

Laura Fazekas
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 05/22/2020 15:41:00

My sympathies to the family. Joan was a great lady and always had a smile. We will truly miss her. Sending thoughts and prayers to all.

Diane DeVaughn Stokes
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 05/20/2020 14:24:16

Prayers to all the family.
Joan was on TV with me many times over the years as she was such an outstanding volunteer.
The community will miss her love.
May God comfort all of you.

Mark & Theresia Gagnon
Kent, WA
Created On: 05/14/2020 00:00:15

I was sad to hear the news of my Great-Aunt Joanie's passing. I only met her a couple times in New York when I was very young. Unfortunately I never really got to know her well, but my grandmother, Dorothy Latwaitis, and my Aunt Linda Olson told me years ago what a big and generous heart she had. I'm sure she will be missed by many. We pray for peace and comfort to the family. We know she is at peace back home in Heaven with her husband, my Great-Uncle Ernie. Some day we will meet again.

Christina Oxendine
Myrtle beach sc
Created On: 05/13/2020 23:08:23

Praying for peace comfort and courage to face each day ahead of the family! Mrs Joan my sweet neighbor, I'm going to miss you dearly! Our talks at your table and exchanging cupcakes! Frankiej will definitely miss you also! He loved the way you treated him like your very own! I'm at peace knowing I will see you again! We love you and miss you already!

Joey Hitzel
Jesup, Georgia
Created On: 05/13/2020 18:26:03

I will miss you my good friend may you Rest In Peace.

Barbara Hope
Billings, MT
Created On: 05/13/2020 14:08:38

Thinking back with smiles of my visit and Joan and I staying up late with, not bingo, but Mexican Train. Heartfelt sympathy to all my cousins. You are her best legacy.

Jim and Laura Eagan
Created On: 05/12/2020 11:31:22

It has been our honor to have been a part of Joan's life at the Grand Strand Hospital for the past 24 years she was a fantastic volunteer and friend She will definitely be missed as she was always there she and her husband Ernie (deceased) ran our Gift Shop for many years thereby thousands of dollars that they made were used as scholarship funds for hundreds of students she volunteered for years at our Health Finders dept for many years I could go on and on my final comment is Joan you will be missed by all of us it is no surprise that you were the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award as well as the highest of all honors the Doctor Frist Award it would be hard to find a better person and friend

Thomas Kuehne
Grand Strand Medical Center
Created On: 05/11/2020 23:41:37

I am a security officer at Grand Strand Medical Center and got to know Joan pretty well. She loved helping visitors, going out to eat with her daughter every Saturday (I think her favorite place was Texas Roadhouse) and telling stories (my favorite story was about the Easter hat her husband bought her in Little River many years ago). She dedicated so many years of her life to being a volunteer at the hospital and everyone loved her. She will be missed greatly.