MILLBURY______Joanne T. Jozefowski, Ph.D., of Millbury, MA died Thursday, February 11, 2021.
She was the daughter of the late Dr. Joseph P and Valerie J. (Pluta) Wondolowski. Born in Worcester, MA, she was a graduate of the former St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing, New England Institute of Mortuary Science, Boston (Mount Ida College), Worcester State University and the University of Connecticut. A Registered Nurse and psychotherapist, she held undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nursing, psychiatric clinical nursing, and board certification as a clinical specialist in psychiatric nursing and both master’s and PhD in clinical psychology.
She wrote and taught several courses on death and bereavement at regional colleges and universities. She was a national and international consultant and lecturer on grief, traumatic grief, and loss. She was the author of “The Phoenix Phenomenon: Rising from the Ashes of Grief”. She was featured in the book, “3-minute Consultations with America’s Greatest Psychotherapists.”
In addition, Joanne was a worldwide traveler. Her many travels encompassed the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She was the founder of Counseling Affiliates, Worcester a private group practice of psychotherapists. The practice encompassed adult, family, marital therapy and specialized in bereavements therapy. She was an accomplished award-winning artist whose paintings are in many private collections and was represented by several galleries throughout her career. She was a former member of the Institutional Review Board and the Credentialing Committee Board of St. Vincent Hospital and a former board of Trustee Member of Millbury Savings Bank, and a current incorporator.
She leaves her husband, Alexander J. Jozefowski, Jr. of Millbury, her son, Alexander J. Jozefowski, III and his companion, Carla Horn, her daughter Robyn L. Marx, her grandchildren, Mitchell D. Jozefowski of Indiana and Alexandra F. Schroeder of New York, her brother, Joseph P. Wondolowski and his wife Sophie of Salt Lake City, UT, several nieces, nephews, longtime friends, family members, Dr. Robert B Downes, Natick and many dear and close friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Mary Jane Wondolowski, her sister Valerie J. Katinas and brother-in-law Richard Katinas, her infant son, John Jozefowski, and her grandson Eric Jozef Marx.
A Renaissance Woman, who wore many hats ... a nurse, artist, author, Funeral Director and doctor, she did each one of them equally successful and with great love and respect. She not only inspired people with her knowledge and compassion but shared her love of life and people with her ever present smile and playful sense of humor.
Funeral Arrangements are private and in the care of Henry Dirsa Funeral Home, 33 Ward St. Those who wish to contribute, can make a memorial contribution to the Worcester Animal Rescue League at 139 Holden Street, Worcester, MA 01606 or Millbury Public Library, 128 Elm St., Millbury, MA 01527. www.worcesterfuneral.com