Joan Muriel Brunett

January 26, 1931 - January 29, 2024

01/26/1931 - 01/29/2024

Joan Muriel Brunett (nee Wood), 93, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away peacefully in her home on January 29, 2024 surrounded by family. She was born on January 26, 1931, in Rochester, New York, to the late George and Jessie Darrow Wood. Joan was preceded in death by her parents and brother, George ‘Dick’ Wood (Peggy) and is survived by her brother Gerald Wood (Patty).

Joan leaves behind the love of her life Peter Frank Brunett. Their 67 years of marriage was filled with laughter, adventure, and a bond that could never be broken. Together they had four children: Peter M. Brunett (Judy), Paul Brunett, Chris Brunett (Marci), and Kathy Pisano (Roccie). Joan was a cherished grandmother to Sean Brunett, Jessie Fernando, Joe Brunett, Madison Brunett, Cassie Brunett, Scott Thielman, Evan Thielman, Brian Thielman, Matthew Thielman, Ashley Thielman, Alli Thielman, and Christopher Thielman. Joan also leaves behind her great-grandchildren, Lochlan Brunett and Cordelia Brunett.

Joan dedicated her life to her family and her church. She was loving, devoted and tender-hearted, and made all who knew her feel like part of her family. Her faith was central to her life. Before relocating to Virginia, she regularly worshiped and volunteered at St. Benedicts Roman Catholic Church in Amherst, New York.

In her free time, Joan loved to cook, bake, knit, read and watch sports. She was an ardent fan of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. Her radiant blue eyes and wonderful sense of humor would light up a room. Her personal hand-written notes could touch your soul and were cherished by all who received them. She had a deep love for dogs and treasured Oliver, her loyal companion of 17 years.

Joan will be remembered for her tender and endearing nature, as well as her nurturing and vibrant spirit. She had a deep understanding of people and their emotions. Her grace and generosity touched the lives of all who knew her.

Joan will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched. A memorial service is planned for May 2024 in Rochester, New York. Updated information will be provided as it becomes available. Please share your messages of love and support here.

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Barbara Mulholland
2 months ago

Chris, Marci and Family, We are saddened to hear of your mom’s passing.
Sending hugs and prayers.
The Mulholland’s – Chris and Barbara