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JoAnn Bruce, 67, passed away on August 8, 2022, in Upper Jay, NY.
JoAnn was born on July 24, 1955 in Keene Valley, NY, to Orville and Rena Smith.
She graduated from Keene Central School in 1972. She had many occupations including bank teller, daycare provider and for the last 33 years was self employed as a house cleaner. In doing so she made many close connections to the ones she worked for.
JoAnn had a great love for bowling, horseshoes and shopping. Her love for all of those were shared with her daughter, Danyle. They spent many years bowling together on the same team at Riverside Lanes and more recently at North Bowl Lanes. Shopping trips to Glens Falls were her favorite, especially for Black Friday. She was always looking for a good deal! JoAnn was a Mom who was always there for every life event all throughout her daughter's childhood and adult life. She was mother to one daughter but was "Mom" or "Mama Jo" to all who were a part of Danyle's life. She took great pride in and loved all of her "children". Her greatest love was becoming a Grandma. Brodi was her pride and joy. You could always count on a "Brodi story" whenever she talked with someone.
JoAnn also loved riding the Harley with Ricky. In the younger years they would spend days going riding with Cal, Bonnie, Greg and Bunny. Most recently they enjoyed trail riding in the side by side and camping with close friends. The love of Nascar that her and Ricky shared brought them to Loudon and Charlotte Speedways to watch the races. She greatly enjoyed those trips with him and their friends.
Family was everything to JoAnn. She left those here on Earth to be with those who had gone before her, including her parents, Orville and Rena, her sisters, Elaine and Evelyn, her brothers, Sonny, Hank, Burton, Reggie and LeRoy. Those left to carry on her memories are her spouse, Ricky, daughter, Danyle, grandson, Brodi and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Graveside Service for JoAnn will be held on Monday, August 15, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Haselton Cemetery with a celebration of life reception being held at the Adirondack Mountain Coffee Cafe in Upper Jay to follow.
Services were entrusted to Heidrick-Zaumetzer Funeral Home, Au Sable Forks.
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