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Joan Kearns Marsella
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Birth: Dec. 27, 1922
Death: Feb. 6, 1998

Joan F. Marsella, 76, of Natick Avenue, a professor, author, and civic leader, died yesterday at home after a long illness. She was the wife of Dr. Augustus F. Marsella.

Ms. Marsella was a professor at Bryant College, teaching sociology and social antrhopology for 22 years before retiring in 1988 as a full professor. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. In 1970 she received her master's degree and certificate of advanced graduate studies from Rhode Island College. She was a member of the American Sociological Association, the Northeast Anthropological Association, the World Affairs Council and the Providence Committee on Foreign Relations.

In 1980 she received the Charles Willard award at Rhode Island College for distinguished community service. She was a past member of the West Warwick Building Committee, founder and charter member of the Robert Champlin Public Library in West Warwick, a member of the Trudeau Center for retarded citizens in Warwick, a founding member of Kent County Community Health Center, a past member of the board of directors of the Central Rhode Island Red Cross, and a past member of the Governor's Permanent Advisory Commission on the status of women in Rhode Island. She traveled extensively and wrote three essays on women in Kenya, China and Japan. She was the author of Living on the Sunny Side of the Street, a book about retired widowed Jewish women living in South Miami Beach, Fla.

She was a member of the State Democratic Central Committee and the Governor's Advisory Council on Education. Born in Lexington, Mass., she was the daughter of the late William and Lillian (Rose) Kearns.

Besides her husband, she leaves a daughter, Dr. Janet Wildman of Chicago; a son, Steven Marsella of Cranston; a sister, Rosemary Hunnell in California; a brother, William H. Kearns of Palm Coast, Fla.; and three grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Celeste Marsella.

A committal service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Swan Point Cemetery Committal Room, Blackstone Boulevard, Providence.

Copyright Providence Journal/Evening Bulletin Feb 7, 1998 
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  Celeste A. Marsella (1959 - 1993)*
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Swan Point Cemetery
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
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