Joanne graduated from Kingsford Park Elementary, Oswego High and State University of New York at Oswego in 1968. She then went on to be an extraordinary first grade teacher with the Arlington Central School District, a suburb of Poughkeepsie, NY. Joanne was an Arlington Teachers Union Representative, associated with the New York State United Teachers.
Joanne loved her black and brown German Shepard 'O'Brien' who was her best friend. She would take him to school with her to help calm certain children who needed it and he proved to be an invaluable resource to troubled children. Joanne was the kind of teacher all parents hope their children have the pleasure of knowing. When children left her First Grade they could all read! She was widely admired by her colleagues.
Joanne was very artistic with floral arrangements, decorating, making sugar houses/villages and Easter Eggs with scenes in them. She would design them, add her labor of love, then give them to family and friends or donate them. Joanne was also an avid reader and gardener.
Joanne was pre deceased by her parents, her sister Kathleen Chandler, brother Owen (Butch) Lavery and nephews David J. Lavery III , Warren (Chip) Hale Lavery and niece, Mari Beth Barrett.
She is survived by sisters Maureen Donovan, Sarah Jane Lavery; brothers David J. (Bucky) Lavery, Jr. and Thomas Lavery; sisters Patricia (and Robert) Thomas, Eileen (and Michael) Goldych and sister-in-law Ava Hale Lavery. Joanne is also survived by her Godmother Aunt Mary Polczak and Uncle Raymond Polczak, many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many relatives In Northern Ireland.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Stephen’s Church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at the Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany St. Oswego.