Vernon, CT — Mary Jo (Cervoni) Myslinski, 63, of Vernon, Conn., died peacefully at her mother's home, surrounded by her family, in Salem, Mass., on January 3, 2014. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, teacher, and mentor. Mary Jo bravely battled for a long time, a rare spinal tumor, and left us far too young.
Mary Jo was born in Salem, Mass., and the first of three daughters of Shirley Cervoni and the late Anthony Cervoni of Salem. Mary Jo attended the St. Thomas School in Peabody, Mass., through the eighth grade, and went on to graduate Bishop Fenwick High School in 1968. Mary Jo graduated Salem State University in 1972.
Mary Jo will be dearly missed by her husband of 43 years, Carl. Mary Jo and Carl were high school sweethearts, and married in July of 1970. Before settling in Connecticut, Mary Jo and Carl lived in Van Buren, Maine, where her first daughter, Tara, was born. When her second daughter, Laura, started kindergarten, Mary Jo began working at Center Road Elementary School in Vernon as a paraprofessional, and later earned a master's degree in education, and a Sixth Year in Educational Leadership degree at the University of Connecticut. She eventually became the principal of Center Road School in 2001, which she remained devoted to until her retirement in January 2010. She also served on the board of advisors at the Rockville Bank.
Her greatest joys in life were her family, especially her two young grandchildren, Leo and Lila Giard, teaching, and traveling. Her favorite trips were to Hawaii, Costa Rica, Paris, Bermuda, Italy, and Bora Bora.
Mary Jo is survived by her husband, Carl Myslinski of Vernon; her mother, Shirley Cervoni of Salem; her daughter, Tara Jo Myslinski and her husband, Donald Giard of Swampscott, Mass.; her daughter, Laura Petrone and her husband, David, of Suffield, Conn.; her grandchildren, Leo and Lila Giard; her step-grandchildren, Kali and Wes Petrone; her sisters, Ellen Snell of York, Maine, and Carol Trembley and her husband, Robert, of Derby, Vt.; several nieces and nephews; and countless adoring friends and colleagues.