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Joan Marie Patricelli/McGrail

November 9, 1968 - August 27, 2021

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Joan Marie Patricelli/McGrail

Joan Marie Patricelli/McGrail age 52, graduated to heaven on August 27, 2021 while at her residence in Yucaipa, California.

Joan Marie Patricelli was born to Ralph Anthony Patricelli and Joan Patricelli on November 9, 1968 in Schenectady New York.

Doctors and medical staff did not expect Joan to survive her premature birth. She spent the first 6 months of her life in the hospital and astonished all with her strong will to live. At a very young age Joan underwent a series of extremely painful, corrective operations to combat the effects of Cerebral Palsy that plagued her body which if left untreated would have prevented her from ever standing upright or walking. Joan remained positive, happy and upbeat and kept her joyful attitude throughout her entire life even when Cerebral Palsy eventually left Joan completely immobile and bedridden.

Joan had an extremely determined spirit and never allowed her physical disabilities to get in the way of her learning. Joan was a 1987 graduate of Taconic Hills high school in Philmont New York, Joan attended the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, University of Maine Farmington in Maine and later finished her liberal and psychology studies at San Francisco State, California where she obtained her degree.

Joan moved from the East Coast to the West Coast in 1990 wanting to be closer to family.

After completing college she connected with an organization called Center for Independent Living in Berkeley California which helped Joan gain her independence. Joan secured her own apartment and worked at several administrative jobs.

Eventually she moved to San Bernardino California where she met and fell in love with the love of her life Leroy McGrail, husband of 14 years.

Joan had an extremely kind and generous nature and found joy in continuously giving. She defended the underdogs of society all throughout her life. She volunteered for the LGBT coalition SF State, The Aids Walk SF, Women’s Ministry at the Rock Church in San Bernardino California and numerous food pantries.

Joan had an extremely gifted voice and immensely enjoyed singing while participating in the Glide Memorial choir, and the Rock Church choir, where she gave her heart to the Lord and volunteered in the Rock Churches Lifeline Card Ministry.

Joans passions and loves included a variety of music, singing, theater, performance art, traveling, camping, cooking, shopping and loved all types of animals, Joan also enjoyed creating floral arrangements.

Joan will always be remembered for her infectious smile, heart of gold and positive attitude ………..which forever impacted all those around her to “light up” and be better. Joan was happiest when surrounded by her family, friends and numerous pets.

Joans struggle with her declining physical health is finally over, however Joans bright and determined spirit remains an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

Joan is survived by her husband of 14 years, Leroy Francis McGrail Jr, of Yucaipa California, mother Joan Marie Patricelli of Sebastopol California, stepmother Phyllis Patricelli of Valatie New York, brother Ralph “Pat” Patricelli of Berkeley California, brother Phil Patricelli of Locust North Carolina, sister Diane Forfa of Blythe, California, brother-in-law Anthony Forfa of Blythe, California, nephew Anthony Forfa of Ehrenberg Arizona, niece Renee Forfa of Lafayette Indiana, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Center for Independent Living in Berkeley:, Cerebral Palsy Foundation:, Muscular Dystrophy:

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