Joanne Atiles, 68, accountant in juvenile services agency

August 18, 2006

Joanne Atiles, a retired accountant for what is now the state Department of Juvenile Service, died of respiratory failure Aug. 8 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 68.

Ms. Atiles was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Brooklyn College in 1976. She became a certified public accountant in 1986 after earning an accounting degree from Loyola College.

She moved to Annapolis from New York City in 1973 when she took a position with the Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency. She had been employed by the state agency from 1988 until retiring as supervising account manager in 1998.

Ms. Atiles was an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She enjoyed attending sporting events, bowling, playing cards and board games, and traveling.

A funeral Mass was offered Tuesday at St. Andrew by the Bay Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis.

Surviving are her lifetime partner, Hazel Coates of Annapolis; a brother, Luis Atiles Jr. of San Diego; a sister, Aidita Atiles of Puerto Rico; two stepsons, Curtis Brooks and Kalvin Brooks, both of Annapolis; two stepdaughters, Judith Sorrill and Regina Queen, both of Annapolis; 16 step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

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