Supported by loving family and friends, Joan Magister passed peacefully into the arms of those who went before her on January 10, 2015, following a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Joan was a woman of faith and a quiet force in the lives of many. She never sought the spotlight and was content to spend her days making life better for her family. Born and raised in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Joan attended Peabody High School and the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Chemistry. Before marrying her husband of 56 years, Fran, in 1952, Joan was employed as a technician in an industrial laboratory. While raising her family she worked as a bookkeeper and payroll administrator for the businesses her husband owned. Although she lived her entire life in Pittsburgh, Joan traveled throughout the United States as well as in Slovenia, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Croatia. Joan was best known for being a good listener, yet she shared the free spirit and quick wit of her older sisters. Mrs. Magister, aged 83, was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. Magister; mother of Marianne Magister (Robert Bessemer) of Hampton, Michael Magister (Holly) of Murrysville and Mark Magister (Karen) of Hampton; daughter of the late John and Mary Leja Carlino; sister of the late Dorothy Zedler and Thelma Simon; Grama of Eric, Marcus, Jenna, Steven and Catherine Magister.
Celebrate Mrs. Magister’s life with her family on Thursday from 2-4 PM and Friday from 7-9 PM at Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 923 Saxonburg Blvd. at Rt. 8, Shaler Twp. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Catherine of Sweden Church, Hampton Twp. on Saturday at 10 AM. The family respectfully suggests donations be made to: University of Pittsburgh Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease, NW 628, UPMC Montefiore, 3459 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15213.