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Obituary - JoAnne E. Mintel

JoAnne E. Mintel

Date of Passing: March 16th, 2021

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JoAnne Ellen Mintel, 77, of Deerfield, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany.

JoAnne was born on August, 9, 1943, in Utica, the daughter of Carlton and Helen (Bergin) Smith, and graduated from UFA. She married Richard A. Rapavi on April 30, 1966 and they had a daughter, Nicolé Elizabeth. On February 27, 1975 she married Walter K. Mintel, Jr. They were married for 38 years until his passing in 2013. JoAnne joined Utica National Insurance Group directly out of high school and worked there for 47 years until retiring to care for her husband.

Surviving are her daughter, Nicolé (Todd) Spalding of Boston, MA; her four step children, Walter III (Stephanie) Mintel of Port Charlotte, FL, Jodel Mintel of Astoria, Guy Mintel of Madison, and Michelle (Alan) Visitacion of Edgewater Park, NJ; and her grandchildren, Marné Law, Sophia Spalding, Frank Eckrich, April Staelens, Heather and Sharon Mintel, and Rachel and Matt Visitacion. She also leaves behind her beloved "sister" and her husband, Nannette and Bill Britt.

Friends were a vital part of JoAnne's life. She leaves behind several dear friends including: Joanie Miller, Deborah Heitz, The Mack family, Mary Brumbaugh, Lois Bormann, and many more.

In keeping with JoAnne's wishes, there will be no public services.

Donations in JoAnne's memory can be made to either Spring Farm Cares or the Stevens-Swan Humane Society

Arrangements are with Mark C. Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford. To express sympathy, please visit


So sorry to hear of the loss of our wonderful Joann. We were friends at work and she always had a laugh for everyone and a hug when it was needed. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.
Doreen Diodato

Dear Nicole and family, we are so sorry for your loss.she was a good neighbor and a true friend.we have shared many good times,a lot of laughs and cried together many times. I will miss her more than words can say. I know you arein heaven with my mom.Joanne please give her a hug for me.the next time it thunders I will know you two are misbehaving. So one more time I will tell you what you said to me evertime you hung up the phone or I dropped you off Goodbye honey!I love you!Rest in peace my friend until we meet again.. All our love Darlene, Jerry,Kevin and Fred
Darlene Mack

Mintel Family,

I was very sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, sister in law and my former coworker, Joanne.

I have added you and your family to my daily prayer list. And, when I attended mass yesterday, I added you and your family to our prayers book of prayers.

Having experienced the passing of my mom some years ago, I can appreciate and emphasize with your sense of loss and pain. It's not easy saying goodbye to our moms regardless of age/health because they are so very special having brought us into the world and having nurtured us throughout our lives with a special love that only a mother can provide.

I will always cherish my fond memories of working with Joanne for over 30 years at Utica National insurance company. She was a very kind, caring and compassionate lady.

May our good Lord watch over, bless, protect, comfort and console you and your family as you endure this difficult, trying and sad time in your lives.

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family in your time of loss and sorrow.

Rob Sherman

Robert Sherman

Nicole & family, I am so sorry JoAnne has left us. We have been best of friends since we were young little girls. I have great memories of us & all the good times we have had. I will miss her terrible, but she is in a beautiful place now in heaven with Jesus. She is with her husband Walt, her Mom & Dad, my sister Kathleen & many friends. Thank God she will never be in pain again. I'll never forget her ever!! Thank You for being my friend for 70yrs. Love You Joanie Miller
Joan Miller

We will miss your smile and sassy humor
And most of all you and all the love you shared
Walt and steph mintel

I had the pleasure of working with JoAnne and will always remember her kind heart, engaging personality and wonderful smile. She added so much to the work environment. My condolences to all her family.
Daniel Daly