August 19, 1932 ~ February 6, 2021

Born in: Rochester, NY
Resided in: Greece , NY



Greece: passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the age of 88. She was born on August 19, 1932 to Martha and Harold Burns. A graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School, Joan was a resident of Rochester her entire life. She held several jobs during her career, including many years as office manager of the radiation oncology unit of Highland Hospital. Joan’s greatest joy in life was her family. She frequently displayed her support for those she loved by cheering from the stands at games or the audience at concerts and recitals. Joan also enjoyed spending time on the water, fishing with her husband and children, and loved testing her luck at the racetrack or playing the slots.


Predeceased by her parents; her daughter, Sheila Caufield; sister, Beverly Schlageter; granddaughter, Danielle Caufield; ex-husband and lifelong friend, Edward Caufield.


Survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Eugene Pierleoni; children, Sue (Tim) Ribis, Tim (Gina) Caufield, Sharon (Eric) Schmidtmann, Patrick (Elaine) Caufield, and Steven (Debbie) Caufield; step-children, Vince (Stephanie) Pierleoni, and Mark Pierleoni (Diane Geiger); grandchildren, Ryan Caufield, Jenna (Rob) Lagnese, Evan Caufield, Erin (Jon) Purington, Eric “Dude” Schmidtmann, Meaghan (Patrick) Davis, Kaitlin Caufield, Kellie Caufield, Stefany Caufield (Joe Coon), Sheila Caufield, Shannon Caufield, Victoria Pierleoni, and Matt Pierleoni, great-grandchildren Justin Lagnese, Calvin and Jasper Purington, and Annabel Coon, many nieces and nephews, and dear friends “Tas” and Mary Anne Tasbas.


Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated privately Thursday (Feb 11th) at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 3003 Dewey Avenue. Private Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.


The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff of the Latta Road West nursing home and Unity Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to Project Independence at Monroe Community Hospital, or to a charity close to your heart.


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  1. Thoughts, prayers and huge hugs being sent to the entire family. Heaven just became a much happier place with the special person in it.

  2. Prayers to the family. Mrs. Pierleoni always had a beautiful smile when I saw her and she brighten peoples lives by it. God bless!

  3. Dear Sue, Tim, Patrick, Sharon and Steven,
    So sorry to hear of your loss of your Mom. Our deepest condolences to you and your families. Although we cannot be with you for the funeral services, please know that you, as well as your families and your Mom, will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Peace to all, Pat and Sandy Tydings

  4. Dear Sue, Tim, Sharon, Patrick & Steven,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. You have our deepest condolences. Although we will not be able to be with you for the funeral services, please know that you, your families and your Mom will be in our thoughts and prayers. Peace to all.
    Sandy & Pat Tydings

  5. Dear Gene & Caufield kids, So sorry to learn of Joan’s passing. I worked with Joan many years @ Highland and have lots of memories of sharing our family stories. Wonderful lady! She & all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. To Sue and Tim, and the entire Canfield family… our sincere condolences on your loss of a very wonderful lady… so glad I had the chance to know her through work at RGA. She had a beautiful giving, loving nature, and lovely smile. Hugs and prayers for all of you…
    Karen and Gary Hobson

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