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Joan Joanne Vazquez
(1953 - 2008)

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Name: Mrs Joan Joanne Vazquez
Maiden Name: Doran
Gender: Female
Age: 54 years old
Lived: Wednesday, 16 September 1953 - Monday, 19 May 2008

My Story

Daughter to Harold and Alice, with 8 older siblings and 1 younger to contend with, Joanne began her life in the Bronx, NY. As her daughter, I only know a few details of her childhood.  Despite the twists and turns and bumps the road began with she was always a firm believer in family. However, she always told herself that she would never get married and never have children as she was a free and independent spirit. However, that soon changed with the arrival of John Christopher, born August 13th, 1974, Later that year, she married the one true love of her life and J,C,'s father, John Joseph on November 22nd, 1974. They spent seven happy years together along with two daughters from John's first marriage, Lynnette and Gianna in Pennsylvania. In 1980, Joanne, already blessed with one child that she thought she would never and could never have, she discovered she was pregnant with a second child. However, that pregnancy was a difficult one. The way I've heard it told was as follows: Joanne was told that she had a form of cervical cancer and a procedure would have to be performed right away with risk to the fetus that she carried.  Reluctantly, she signed papers to consent to the procedure. However, in spite of the risk, the fetus survived and on June 9th, 1981, a daughter, Jennifer Marie was born. Two years later, the family moved back to the Bronx.  They enjoyed several years together with trips to the Bronx Zoo, the Big Apple Circus, Muppets on Broadway, and several other every day excursions. Every day there was at least a little laughter, but most days there was a lot. Her husband worked long hours supporting the family and providing both children with the best education available. She stayed home to support the family emotionally.  She was there to attend the science fairs and the choir concerts, the little league games, to kiss the boo-boos, to laugh at all the silly things we children do, and most of all to give us guidance on what is right and wrong being careful to never interfere with our individuality. She cried although she promised not to when John Christopher left in June of 1994 for the Navy, unknowingly with good reason.  On August 1st, the family received news that John Christopher at the age of 19 had died during boot camp.  The details are still unclear to me, but what is clear is it was no accident as it was described to be.  Joanne, being the survivor and the fighter that she was, tried her best to hold her family together and thus a change of scenery was in order.  A reeling family moved to Maybrook, NY in December of 1994 and tried their hardest to pick up the pieces.  There was a little less laughter, but life continued on. In 1997, the family was dealt another blow, when John Joseph suffered a severe head injury while on the job. Again being a fighter and survivor, Joanne fought through long court battles and paperwork to claim what rightfully belonged to her husband and emerged a champion. The win was bittersweet though as over the next 10 years, John slowly receded into his own mind. She continued to love him the only way she knew how, strongly, passionately, and at times even stubbornly. Although, some times were harder than others, she still focused on the silver lining and the moments of happiness. She knew that life was too short to waste on what is lacking.  She had a knowledge of what life was really about better than most and she did her best to instill that in others. She had a special something about her that was all her own.  Something that couldn't be described in words.  You had to know her to understand it, but once you did at times you could be inspired by it, annoyed by it, intrigued by it, dumbfounded by it, and fascinated by it all at once.  In October of 2007, she suffered from severe back pain. After months of yet another fight to find the source of her terrible pain, she was diagnosed in March of 2008 with cancer.  Though she fought with every fiber of her being for two and a half months while remaining hospitalized, she, too, was "called" to become an angel on May 19, 2008.  She will always be admired for her indomitable spirit, remembered for her passion and stubbornness, and sorely missed for that special "je ne se quois'" that only she possessed.

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I MISS YOU SO MUCH JUST STOPPED BY TO SAY HI AND THAT I MISS YOU UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN LOVE YOU SISSY POO
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Biography

Fathers Name: Harold Doran
Mothers Name: Alice McMahon
Spouse's Name: John Joseph
Children's Names: John Christopher, Jennifer Marie
Siblings Names: (in alphabetical order of names used)Barbara, Billy, Bobby, Dee(John), Eddie, Kay, Lucille, Mary, Patty
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Bronx, Maybrook
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Other

Interests

Favourite Team: Wasn't much for sports, but loved bingo and Pogo
Favourite Movie: Pay It Forward (TV-loved QVC and Jtv)
Favourite Music Genre: Miscellaneous

Passing

Place of Passing: Orange Regional Medical Center-Tucker Cancer Center
Date of Passing: 19 May 2008
Cause of Passing: Cancer
Place of Burial: St. Raymond's Cemetary
Plot Number: 180
Funeral Location: White & Venuto Funeral Home
Funeral Date: 21 May 2008
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