Ann Jean Picarella

Ann Jean Picarella, 68, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on Saturday November 18, 2017. She was born on February 17, 1949 in Philadelphia, PA to Ernest and Pauline (Servocky) Smith. After marrying and having four children she went to nursing school and started her career as a geriatric nurse caring for the elderly for over 30 years. In 2000 she was awarded Employee of the Year at Greenbriar Nursing Center. Those who knew Ann were acutely aware of how important family was to her. And family was not bound by blood or marriage. If she welcomed you into her home, she welcomed you into her family. Ann will always be remembered for hosting Sunday dinners, organizing family barbeques, and taking her family on vacation down the shore. Ann adored the nature around her and enjoyed spending time gardening and sitting on her porch to admire the scenery. Ann's appreciation for the beauty of life is a result of her faith and service to Jehovah God. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, Ann pleasured in sharing scripture with family and friends as well as the community. Ann will also be remembered by her congregation for helping her friends in any way she could. Left to honor and remember her love are Ann's four children Kim (Ed) Hagaman, Anthony Ross, Diana (Chris) Eskridge, and  Kelly (Mark) Turner; and the apples of her eye, her five grandchildren, Amanda Heraux, Ryan Costello, Carmelo Licata, Justin Hagaman, and Vincent Ross. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Pauline Smith and her loving husband Frank Picarella. The family wishes to extend a special gratitude to the staff of AtlantiCare Palliative Care, Hospice, and the hospital at Mainland for providing the comfort and care to Ann in her last days. All of her last wishes were respected and honored. Visitation will be held from 9am to 11am on Friday November 24 at Marinella Funeral Home 102 N. Third St. Hammonton followed by a memorial talk officiated by Mike DiBattista. Interment immediately following. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of NY. Condolences to: (