PALMYRA -- Joan Kurro passed away peacefully on May 19, 2013 after a long illness. She was born Nov. 22, 1930 in New York City to James and Eleanor (McGrath) Welsh.
Joan graduated from Aquinas High School in 1949, and began working for Metropolitan Life Insurance in New York City, where she was active in its theater group.
In 1952, Joan answered an urgent recruiting call and enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, where she later met and married John Kurro Jr.
Joan was co-owner of the Gateway Restaurant from 1972 to 1991. She was a communicant of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Pittsfield. After retirement, she became active with Meals for ME in Newport. She was an avid bowler and stayed active in the lives of her grandchildren and all who knew her as "Nana."
Predeceased by her parents, husband, John and brother James, she is survived by her brother, Thomas Welsh (Cathy Grande), of Central Islip, N.Y.; three daughters, Lynda, and husband Robert Woloss, of York Harbor, Kristine Kurro, of Portland, and Carolyn Kurro, of Louisville, Ky.; grandchildren Dylan Andrews, of Quincy, Mass., Dana Andrews, of Groveland, Calif., and Otto Shorey, of Portland. She is also survived by a beloved nephew, Alan Kurro, of Springfield, Mass., and his three children, Hope Jacobson, of Scarborough, Eian Kurro, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Liza Witonis, of Dover, N.H.; as well as nieces Debra Welsh, of Albuquerque, N.M., and Sue Welsh, of Mesa, Ariz.; and nephew Kenneth Welsh, of Hackettstown, N.J.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Crosby & Neal, 117 Main St., Newport. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Fr. Paul Murray officiating. Burial will be in Palmyra Village Cemetery.
Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com.