Joan Sless

Joan Sless

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
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SLESS, JOAN H. – 85, of Margate, New Jersey passed away quietly at home on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, with her family by her side. Joan was born in Atlantic City, NJ, to Jacob B. and Lillian Savitt. Joan attended Atlantic City public schools and was a proud graduate of the Atlantic City High School Class of 1951. Joan attended Drexel University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Library Science from Glassboro State College. Joan had a wonderful 33 year career working at the Margate Library. Joan served for many years as the volunteer coordinator and a member of the Board of Directors of Lucy The Elephant, and loved to wear her “Lucy” sweatshirts, bracelets, and hats. Joan was also a long-time Board Member of the Atlantic City Historical Society and enjoyed visiting the group’s museum on Garden Pier with friends and family. Joan also enjoyed visiting the Humane Society to play with the cats and kittens. Joan was an extremely patriotic individual and held a deep love of the United States. She proudly flew her American Flag every day and night on her flagpole. Joan held the State of Israel dearly in her heart.

Joan was pre-deceased by her husband, Alan H. Sless, her beloved grandson, Shaun Lyle Sless, and her brother, the Honorable David N. Savitt. She is survived by her children, Richard (Susan) Sless, Marcy Sless, Steven (Kathryn) Sless, and Jacob B. Sless. Joan is also survived by her grandchildren, whom she dearly loved: Jeremy Ephraim, Erin Veronica, Lauren Emily, Thomas Alan, Aaron Jacob, Carly Hope, and Michaela Lily. Joan will be missed by her two cats, Max and Murphy, whom she adored.

Donations in memory of Joan can be made to the Atlantic County Humane Society, or to the Jewish National Fund,, to plant a tree in Israel program.

Services are private at the request of the family.
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    Emeth Shalom Cemetery
    10 Lincoln Avenue
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    Services are Private at the Request of the Family
    Rabbi Jonathan Kremer
    Cantor Harvey Wolbransky


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Nancy Levine

Posted at 10:48am
I was so sad to hear about the passing of Mrs Sless; my condolences to the family. Just know she was my favorite Margate mother.
Much Love
Nancy Levine

Stacy Finkenauer Heaney

Posted at 10:53am
Our condolences to the Sless family on the passing of Joan. We all hold fond memories of “Mrs. Sless” and we know she will be sorely missed. Thoughts are with you at this time.

Marylou Reiff

Posted at 10:15am
Condolences to the Sless family on their loss.I met Mrs. Sless many years ago when I taught Steve.

Willie and Vicky Russell

Posted at 08:59am
Our love and condolences to the Sless family. We have wonderful memories of all the times at the house in Margate celebrating the holidays. Joan was so proud of her family! We are so grateful she welcomed us with an open heart and included us in her family for so many years.

Paula (Bennett) Lipski

Posted at 08:21am
I have wonderful memories of spending time at your house during my childhood. Your mom was a special lady.
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