Joan M. Ufner

December 21, 1930 ~ May 6, 2020 (age 89)


Joan M. Ufner, 89, of Butler passed away Wednesday May 6, 2020 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Born December 21, 1930 in Butler, she was a daughter of the late George and Margaret (Birckbichler) Grigoletti.

Joan graduated from Butler High School (1948) where she met her lifelong love, Mitch Ufner, who preceded her in death. After high school, she continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mitch and Joan were married for 62 years.

Joan was a homemaker and had worked as a bookkeeper for Delco Quality Foods. She loved the City of Butler and was proud to have been a life-long resident - and to have voted in every election without fail since she was legal to do so!

As a devoted Catholic and member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, one of the roles that was most meaningful to Joan was that of having been a Eucharistic Minister. She was also honored to be Godmother to ten children.

Joan enjoyed playing bridge, working crossword puzzles, reading novels, travel, and walking at the YMCA. She also took great pleasure in spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was an exceptional cook and loved socializing with and entertaining her friends. There were many lively - and sometimes boisterous - social gatherings at the Ufner household over the years! Joan was an avid sports fan and the TV was on anytime the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates (and University of Michigan) were playing. As a former tennis player, she would watch televised tournaments regardless of the time zone where the matches were being played. And, as a pet lover, she was devoted to her cats, Mikey and Cleo.

There are a number of stories about Joan's lovable quirks. For example, many people remember that Joan claimed she didn’t like nuts, but if a bowl of mixed nuts was placed in front of her, she would pick out every last one of the cashews and eat them! And, her family will never forget her saying, "Just one bite..." of whatever dessert they were eating. 

Surviving are her children: Michelle Ufner of Pittsburgh; Richard (Barbara) Ufner of Valencia, PA; JoEllen Ufner of Baltimore, MD; and Julie Ufner of Alexandria, VA; her grandchildren, Anthony (Bridget) Lenze of Crozet, VA and Sarah (Peter) Noorani of New York, NY; and 2 great grandchildren, Keenan and Isabel Lenze. Additionally Joan is survived by her sister Mrs. Ruth (Jimmy) Summers, her brother Robert (Dorothy) Grigoletti, and many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current situation caused by the pandemic, visitation and services will be held privately by Joan's family.

A Catholic funeral mass is scheduled for 12 noon on Tuesday, May 12. Live streaming on Zoom will be available at that time. Please link to, so you can join Joan's family for the mass. 

Afterward, Joan will be joined with her loving husband in the mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery, North Main Street, Butler.

Memorial donations may be made to the Butler Area Public Library, 218 North McKean Street, Butler, PA 16001, or to the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Road, Renfrew, PA 16053.



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