Seneca Falls: Passed away unexpectedly at her home on June 18th, 2021 at the age of 68. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 30th at 4 PM at Doran Funeral Home, 4 East Bayard St., Seneca Falls.
Born in Carmel, NY, the daughter of the late Stephen and Margaret (Cremin) Papontos. Joanna grew up and lived most of her life in New York's Hudson Valley; where she attended St. James Elementary, Caramel High, and then received her nursing degree from Ulster County Community College. She continued her schooling at Mercy College, and received her master's in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT. She worked for the New York State Office of Mental Health in Westchester County from the early 1980's through to the mid 1990's as a nurse and rehabilitation counselor. She retired as Forensic Unit Chief from Central New York Psychiatric Center at Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus. Her experience and expertise in the mental health field landed her a position on the board of visitors at Elmira Psychiatric Center; a position which was appointed by the governor of NY. She always enjoyed reading, biking, and travelling the world. At home she loved spending time in her garden.
Joanna is survived by her husband, John Kehoe; step-children, Jeff Kehoe and Jill (Randy) Freshman; sister, Elaine (Tony) Labate; granddaughters, Violet Gray Freshman and Priscilla Shea Kehoe; her cousins in the US, Mitch Papontos, Maureen and Jack Kershaw, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family here in the US, Ireland, and England.
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