Joan Marlene Tornell
June 8, 1933 – September 19, 2023
Joan M. Tornell of Port Republic, Maryland passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2023
at The Solomons Nursing Center in Solomons, Maryland. Joan was born on June 8, 1933 in
Chicago, Illinois and was raised in Miami, Florida.
After graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelors degree in education, she
married Gonzalo Tornell Jr. on March 29, 1958 in Miami, Florida. The couple then moved to
Seattle, Washington. They also lived in San Bernardino, California, Chateauroux, France,
Upper Marlboro, Maryland and then settled in Port Republic, Maryland.
Joan taught elementary school for over 20 years in Miami and Maryland. She had many
hobbies including playing tennis, playing piano and organ, water skiing, snow skiing, and
doing crafts. She played the organ for a local church and displayed her crafts at many
fairs in Southern Maryland. Above all, she loved spending time with her family.
Joan is survived by her husband of 65 years, Gonzalo (George) Tornell; sons Michael,
Steven and Jeffrey, grandchildren; Katherine, Brian, Rebecca, Scott, Dale, Melanie,
Jeffrey Jr. and Charlotte and great grandchildren; Isabella, Ava, Oliver and Hazel.
A memorial service will be held at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Solomons on October 15,
2023 at 11:30 am. A reception will follow at the same location. The restaurant is located
at 14636 Solomons Island Rd. S., Solomons, MD 20688.