Joana Flores Matlusky passed away on Saturday, June 24th, at the age of 49, after a two-year battle with cancer. She was courageous and always displayed much optimism, courage, and grace during her illness.
Joana was born in Puebla, Mexico. A graduate of the University of Puebla majoring in English, she worked as a schoolteacher in Mexico and the United States. She also worked in Social Services as a caseworker in Bridgeton, NJ. Joana truly enjoyed helping people and made numerous friends in her Spanish community.
Joana and her husband Ken recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary. She proudly talked about the day she got married and the day she became a United State citizen as the happiest days in her life.
Her favorite hobbies included sketching, listening to music, and Zumba classes. She was a very loving person with a cheerful disposition. Everyone who met her loved her.
She is survived by her husband Kenneth Matlusky of Wilmington, mother-in –law Christine Matlusky of Greenville, brothers-in law, John and David Matlusky, and sister-in-law, Susan Matlusky, along with her nieces Molly and Margo.
She is also survived by her loving parents, Florencia and Jose Antonio in Puebla Mexico, as well as her six siblings: Jose Luis, Isabel, Alicia, Conchita, Maria, and Jorge Alberto, and numerous nephews and nieces.
She was very close to the Capuchin Poor Clares and visited them regularly in their convent. She and Ken tutored them in the English language and they enjoyed going to Mass and celebrating special occasions with the Sisters.
She is also survived by Paul and Celia Ray of Bridgeton, NJ. Joana referred to them as her “adopted parents”. They played a very special part in her life and she treasured their friendship.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, June 27th at 11 am at Immaculate Conception Church, 312 N. Pearl Street, Bridgeton, New Jersey 08302. A viewing will be held at 10 am in the church prior to the mass. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Capuchin Poor Clares at 816 Jefferson St. Wilmington, DE 19802. To send condolences visit: