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JoAnn H. (Case) Carvalho
October 08, 2021


JoAnn H. (Case) Carvalho, 79, of Little Compton, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 8, 2021, at Brookdale Sakonnet Bay, Tiverton. She was the wife of Charles Carvalho for over 56 years, and they spent most of their life together in Tiverton and Little Compton.

JoAnn was the daughter of the late Charles B. Case and the late Frances (Thornton) Hoover. She was also blessed to grow up with a loving stepfather, the late Jack Hoover. JoAnn was a proud graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School Class of 1960 and enjoyed gathering frequently with fellow graduates to plan class reunions. She graduated from Rhode Island College in 1964. JoAnn was a dedicated educator for the Portsmouth, RI School Department for her entire career. She was a lifelong learner, loved interacting with her colleagues and was dedicated to the students of Portsmouth. JoAnn spent much of her adult life focused on her children and proudly called herself “mom’s taxi service” as she often made the trek from Little Compton to Aquidneck Island multiple times a day. Her family was her life. JoAnn was the oldest of 18 cousins and grew up with many loving aunts and uncles. Her favorite yearly activity was hosting her annual Christmas Eve party for her family and friends. JoAnn loved to read, shop, craft, socialize and buy scrapbooking supplies that her husband claimed she never used. In retirement, she traveled, embraced her role as Nana, and spent her winter months in Cape Coral, Florida following the Red Sox in Spring Training. In the last years of her life, although Alzheimer’s Disease impacted her brilliance and quick- thinking, she continued to love her family, kept everyone laughing and was surrounded by a host of new angels/ friends who doubled as her caregivers.

Including her husband, she is survived by a daughter: Cheryl Simmons and her husband Dean of Tiverton; a son: Jay C. Carvalho and his wife Ashley of Tiverton; a sister: Cynthia Emond of Tiverton; 2 brothers: Jack Hoover of Tiverton, Wayne Hoover and his wife Michelle of Swansea; a brother-in-law: Carl Carvalho and his wife Denise of Fall River; 2 grandsons, Cole and Joshua Simmons; a new baby granddaughter, Rose Carvalho; 3 nieces: Kerri, Stacy and Lauren; and 5 nephews: Neil, Paul, Nathan, Jason and Justin; and many cousins in the Thornton and Buckley families.

She was mother to the late baby Kim Carvalho, loving niece to the late Elinor Buckley, sister to the late Charles Case, sister-in-law to the late Debby Hoover and the aunt of the late Charles Case, Jr.

Funeral to which relatives and friends are invited will be Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at the Potter Funeral Home at 10:00 A.M.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 P.M.

Interment will be in Pocasset Hill Cemetery, Tiverton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Stay at Home in Little Compton, Inc. or Portsmouth RI Middle School PTO.

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Potter Funeral Service
81 Reed Road
Westport, MA 02790