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JoAnn (Gustafson) Notti

Born: Fri., Nov. 3, 1933
Died: Tue., Oct. 20, 2020

Memorial Service

1:00 PM Sat., Nov. 14, 2020
Location: Whitesitt Funeral Home

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Stevensville - Mrs. JoAnn Notti, 86, passed away peacefully on October 20, 2020, due to complications following open-heart surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah. JoAnn was born November 3, 1933, in St. Regis, Montana, to Carl Gustafson and Mae Finstad. JoAnn spent her childhood in Helena, where she attended primary school and graduated from Helena High School in 1952. During her high school years, she worked as an usher at a movie theater. When JoAnn was 18 years old, she moved to Hollywood, CA, with a best friend with the dream of becoming a court stenographer. She worked for a short time at Robinson’s May and then returned to Montana. In November of 1953, she married John Egisto Notti, a marriage that lasted 65 years until John’s passing in 2019. Jo Ann was an a very active, creative, adventurous wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a true friend to many. Those who knew her best nicknamed her the “energizer bunny”, she was always busy doing something. In 1959 she boldly boarded a train in Helena, Montana with three children under the age of five, to join her husband in Anaheim, California where he had taken an electrical engineering job in the aerospace industry. There JoAnn embarked on this next stage of her life’s adventure creating a home and her raising six children. During her busy life Jo Ann found time to work at a travel agency, participate in bowling leagues, oil painting, gardening, sailing, camping, traveling, playing golf, sewing heirloom-quality quilts that won awards at county fairs, and baking her family-favorite holiday cinnamon rolls. In the early 1980’s Jo Ann moved with her husband John to Kalamazoo, Michigan where she again created a loving home and again developed new friendships and activities. When JoAnn moved back to Montana and settled in Stevensville in the late 1980’s with her husband. She immediately got involved in the Stevensville Garden Club, was a member of the Quilting Club, and was the Garden Club’s Blue Star Memorial Chairwoman and served as Master of Ceremonies during the dedication. JoAnn is survived by her four sons and their wives; Dan and Pamela Notti, John and Guillermina Notti, Eric and Carol Notti, Peter and Janet Notti; her daughter Janette Dunn and her husband Clif and her daughter Rachel Notti as well as her 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. All of whom she loved and touched deeply. Please join us in celebrating her life Saturday afternoon November 14, 2020, at 1 pm at Whitesitt Funeral Home in Stevensville, MT. JoAnn’s children and their families will host a reception for extended family and friends at the Kootenai Creek Village Clubhouse following the ceremony.

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Beth Handley
   Posted Wed November 04, 2020
My deepest and most sincere condolences to JoAnn's family. I've only known her a few years but loved her. She was such a warm and caring woman. I throughly enjoyed our converstions. She is a great woman who will be greatly missed.

   Posted Wed November 11, 2020
I met JoAnn through Promise Stitchers years ago. She was always so welcoming and kind and willing to help me learn the literal ins and outs of the hand-quilting process. I have good memories of her. Loved her humor, too. She will be missed.

Grace Egan
   Posted Sun November 15, 2020
JoAnn has been a dear friend for over 60 years and I will miss her very much. As families we shared so many happy occasions and she was always an inspiration to me. JoAnn never complained and took to task everything that came her way. May she rest in peace with her beloved John. Dave Erickson and I are sorry we couldn't attend her service due to the weather forecast. Dave and his late wife Eileen were dear friends of the Notti family too. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

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