Courier’s Joan Alli celebrates retirement after 41 1/2 years of service

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Current and former employees, along with family members, friends and church family helped celebrate Joan Alli at her 411⁄2 year celebration of her time and life at the New Pittsburgh Courier. Everyone made it clear that she was more than just an employee.

IN APPRECIATION—Rod Doss, New Pittsburgh Courier editor and publisher, gives Joan Alli an award from the staff in appreciation of her 41 1⁄2 years of service.

IN APPRECIATION—Rod Doss, New Pittsburgh Courier editor and publisher, gives Joan Alli an award from the staff in appreciation of her 41 1⁄2 years of service.

A SHOW OF LOVE—Current and former employees, along with family members, friends and church family helped celebrate Joan Alli at her 411⁄2 year celebration of her time and life at the New Pittsburgh Courier. Everyone made it clear that she was more than just an employee. Alli, seated center, with friends and family. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

A SHOW OF LOVE—Current and former employees, along with family members, friends and church family helped celebrate Joan Alli at her 41 1⁄2 year celebration of her time and life at the New Pittsburgh Courier. Everyone made it clear that she was more than just an employee. Alli, seated center, with friends and family. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

TEARS—Joan Alli whipping tears from her eye while hearing how much everyone loves and appreciates her.

TEARS—Joan Alli whipping tears from her eye while hearing how much everyone loves and appreciates her.

LAUGHTER—Joan Alli having fun, laughing with friends and family at the celebration.

LAUGHTER—Joan Alli having fun, laughing with friends and family at the celebration.

FAMILY—Joan Alli with family. Seated, from left: Gwen Leonard and Alli. Standing, from left: Norma Allen, Sy Alli, Rhonda Alli and Cynthia Allen.

FAMILY—Joan Alli with family. Seated, from left: Gwen Leonard and Alli. Standing, from left: Norma Allen, Sy Alli, Rhonda Alli and Cynthia Allen.

CO-WORKERS—Joan Alli with Courier co-workers from left: Ashley Johnson, Brenda Hill, Allison Palm, Alli, Kathy Neely and Kathleen Bradley Yocum.

CO-WORKERS—Joan Alli with Courier co-workers from left: Ashley Johnson, Brenda Hill, Allison Palm, Alli, Kathy Neely and Kathleen Bradley Yocum.

CO-WORKERS—Joan Alli with Courier co-workers. From left: Stephan Broadus, Eric Gaines, Rod Doss, Alli and Ulish Carter.

CO-WORKERS—Joan Alli with Courier co-workers. From left: Stephan Broadus, Eric Gaines, Rod Doss, Alli and Ulish Carter.

CO-WORKERS—Joan Alli with co-workers Chris Morrow, left, and Rossano P. Stewart.

CO-WORKERS—Joan Alli with co-workers Chris Morrow, left, and Rossano P. Stewart.

A POEM FOR YOU—Ashley Johnson reads a heartfelt poem for Joan Alli at the retirement celebration.

A POEM FOR YOU—Ashley Johnson reads a heartfelt poem for Joan Alli at the retirement celebration.

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