Mrs. Joan Patricia (Ellis) Sapitowicz, age 73, of Myrtle Beach, SC and formerly of Milford, passed away on Thursday January 17, 2013 at Grand Strand Medical Center. She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas P. Sapitowicz, Sr. Born on January 10, 1940 in Granville, New York, she was the daughter of Alton Ellis and Genevieve Mitchell. She is survived by her brother Robert and Jill Ellis, sisters Penni (Ellis) Pettit and Deborah and Hank Straub and brother-in-law John Sapitowicz. She was the devoted mother of Thomas and Polly Sapitowicz, Robert and Kathy Sapitowicz, Paula and Leo Nash, and Nancy and Buddy Williamson, and two predeceased sons Andrew Joseph Sapitowicz and Joseph Michael Sapitowicz. She was the loving grandmother to seven grandchildren, Jennifer and Sean McGlynn, Greg and Amber Sapitowicz, Andrew Sapitowicz, Beth Sapitowicz, Joseph and Amy Nash, Connor Nash and Jasmine Williamson, and the loving great-grandmother to three, Audrey Nash, Austin Nash and Sean McGlynn, Jr. A graduate of Lauralton Hall in Milford, CT, Joan devoted herself to being a wife and a mother until she and Tom retired to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 1991. Joan enjoyed knitting, bingo and visiting casinos, crossword puzzles, following college sports (ACC only), and being with her family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church, 70 Gulf St, Milford, CT. Interment to follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Milford. Friends and family may call on Tuesday, January 22nd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Cody-White Funeral Home, 107 Broad Street on the Green, Milford, CT 06460. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1100 8th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC. To leave online condolences, please visit our website at www.codywhitefuneralservice.com.