Joan Sartori (nèe Stanek) passed from this life on 17 February 2022. A resident of Clinton, Maryland, Joan worked in the Sergeant-At-Arms division of the US Capitol as a supervisor in the Capitol Exchange until just before her sudden and untimely death. She was the longest tenured SAA employee ever, having served with distinction and honours for over 51 years. She was only the second person to receive the James T. Mathers Award for her years of service. In 2016 she received the SAA Distinguished Service Award. Her career was marked by consistent, faithful, and sacrificial service to the members of the House and Senate, and to the American people. She was honoured and respected by members of both the House and Senate, and her many colleagues in the SAA division. Joan was a patron of numerous charities, far too numerous to name. Her life was characterised by helping others and giving generously, and sacrificially, to that end. Her impulse was the love of Christ and the recognition that one day she would give account of what she had done with what she had to aid his people. “I couldn’t look Jesus in the face if I didn’t”, she often said. Her life in the Church was always close to her heart. She was a devout Roman Catholic communicant, was faithfully devoted to the holy Rosary, and spent many, many glad hours in Eucharistic Adoration. Joan is survived by her two sons, Gene Richard Sartori, of New Castle, Delaware, and Dean Robert Sartori of Sussex County, Delaware; her brother, Richard Edward Stanek of Drums, Pennsylvania; her grandchildren Dean Robert Sartori, Jr, of Baltimore, Maryland, Heather Elaine Sartori of Milton, Delaware, and Taylor and Tyler Sartori of Melbourne, Florida; and her two great-grandchildren, Joshua Wyatt and Madelyn Reese of Milton, Delaware. Her son, Darrell Sartori, died in infancy and her husband, Eugene Sartori, preceded her in death in 2012. Joan’s many friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Wednesday, 9 March, at 10.00 AM at: St. Mary's Catholic Church of Piscataway 13405 Piscataway Rd. Clinton, MD 20735-4564 Phone: (301) 292-0527 Prince George’s County mask requirements are set to end on the day of the service and will not be required. Social distancing is encouraged. A private Committal follows in the churchyard with immediate family only. Memorial donations, marked “Scholarship”, may be made to Saint Mary’s School of Piscataway, 13407 Piscataway Rd, Clinton, MD 20735, for direct scholarship aid to disadvantaged students. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
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