JoAnn Mary DePergola (nee Ballerine), 73, died Oct. 13, 2022 at home with her children by her side after a brief battle with cancer.
Ms. DePergola was born in Chicago to the late Joseph and Patricia Ballerine. She dedicated her life to nursing and the caring of her patients and coworkers. She was a special person with an infectious personality that made people gravitate towards her. She was a friend and supported anyone who was in need.
In her free time, Ms. DePergola enjoyed volunteering at the zoo, traveling and spending time with her loved ones. Her passion for life and adventure will live on in her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, caring sister and faithful friend. She will be missed by all.
Ms. DePergola is survived by her three children, Stacia (Randall) Keegan, Benedict (Kim) DePergola and Joseph (Mary) DePergola; her grandchildren, Hanah Papkov, Garrett DePergola, Justin DePergola, Kalista Grey, Roman DePergola, Gianna Chivilo and Ethan DePergola; and her great grandson, Oliver DePergola.
In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is survived by her sister Barbara Schafer and brother Joseph (Donna) Ballerine.
A service will be held to celebrate her life on Nov. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at Ivins Funeral Home, 80 E. Burlington St., Riverside.