I am writing to you today with a very heavy heart. I am deeply saddened to share the news of the passing last evening of my very dear friend and partner, Joanne Przybylko, after a brief but very courageous battle with cancer. Never one to relish the spotlight, Joanne was determined to very quietly and privately fight this battle, without attention or fanfare, with the support of her family by her side. While Joanne’s recovery was progressing quite favorably through the summer, a number of unfortunate setbacks over the last few months left her very weak and vulnerable, pre-empting her ability to continue to pursue her aggressive treatment plan. Recently blessed with the birth of her fourth grandchild (Nicole’s Daughter Leah Joanne), Joanne passed away peacefully with her whole family by her side.
Joanne was a tireless worker and a fiercely loyal friend and partner. Her tough exterior, brutal honesty, skepticism and keen eye helped keep TFS out of harm’s way for the past 30 years. That tough exterior could never overshadow her compassion, sensitivity, and generosity. Always selfless, Joanne would be the first to sacrifice her time or open her home or her wallet to help a friend or family member in need. Joanne’s love for children of all ages was evidenced by the HUNDREDS of pictures of her children, grand children, nieces, nephews, friends, and the countless pictures of all of our children and grandchildren that she had all over her office. In her office today, I was embarrassed to see that she had more pictures of my own kids displayed than I had in my own office!. She is considered as a second Mom by so many of the kids hanging on those walls. She loved all holidays and, no matter how busy, would regularly entertain dozens of friends and family for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Saying that Joanne really looked forward to Christmas might be the understatement of the century. She was a Christmas fanatic who never met a Christmas decoration she didn’t like! Christmas decorating and un-decorating was almost a year-round pursuit. Her pride and joy was her incredible, expansive Christmas village which eventually took over one whole room in her home.
While Joanne was a dedicated partner and a consummate professional, she was not defined solely by her work. She was so much more than that for so many of us. She left an indelible mark on all of us. Most importantly, she dedicated her life to her loving husband Dave, her children David and wife Kris, Nicole and partner Matt, and son Kevin, and of course, her treasured grandchildren Ava, Brielle, Matthew, and Leah Joanne.
As you might expect this is a very difficult time for the family, so please understand if they are unable to respond to all of your calls, messages, and other well wishes. In keeping with Joanne’s wishes, her final arrangements will be conducted privately. A memorial service in celebration of Joanne’s life will be scheduled for:
Saturday, November 16, 2013
2:00pm to 6:00pm
The Clayton and McGirr Funeral Home
100 Adelphia Road
Freehold, NJ 07728
Details and directions are available at the website listed below.
While it is difficult to focus on business in the wake of such sad news, we realize that the show must go on for all of you as our loyal advisors, and for all of your clients. Although noticeably shaken, our loyal staff answered the bell this morning and stand ready to serve you and your clients. While Joanne is irreplaceable, you can rest assured that we have cross trained personnel, added new staff, and worked hard throughout her absence over the past 9 months to meet this challenge head on. You have my personal assurances that TFS remains well positioned and well-prepared for any challenge. You will see NO COMPROMISE in the service to which you have grown accustomed. Our company is solid, solvent, and poised for continued growth and prosperity for many years to come.
As always, we value your friendship and your loyal support of the TFS Family.
Thomas P. Hyland