Joanne Theresa Cavallo, 62, died peacefully on Monday, April 18, 2022, after living with lung cancer for three years.
Joanne was born November 20, 1959 in Saranac Lake, daughter of Frank and Julie Darrah. Along with her two older sisters, Kathy and Donna, she grew up on McComb Street and graduated from Saranac Lake High School, class of 1977.
Joanne’s nurturing spirit led her to pursue a career in nursing and she graduated from Albany Medical Center School of Nursing in 1981. She returned home to begin her career at the Adirondack Medical Center where she worked as a registered nurse for 38 years, including ASU, endoscopy and pain clinic, until her early retirement in 2019.
Joanne met her husband Jerry Cavallo in 1982, and they were married less than a year later on March 19, 1983. Joanne and Jerry spent 39 wonderful years sharing a loving and dedicated marriage. Of all her life’s accomplishments, Joanne was proudest of her children, Christopher and Alyssa. But she always said the only thing better than being a mother was being a grandmother, and she adored her grandchildren, Oliver and Juliet.
Joanne loved her family, reading, good food and white wine. She was inspired by talented musicians like Carly Simon, Carole King, James Taylor, Melissa Etheridge and Elton John. Many of Joanne’s favorite times were spent on her porch or in the sun on the Adirondack lakes and beaches of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Joanne is survived by her husband Jerry, her son Christopher and his wife Michelle with their children Oliver and Juliet, her daughter Alyssa Fairchild and her husband Colt, sisters Kathy Stephen and Donna Deily, and Dormer brothers-in-law Stephen and Dennis Deily, sister-in-law Ellen Campion, all the nieces and nephews she adored, and her closest friends Laurie, Ellen and Veronica. She is also survived by her beloved cat, Roxanne.
A funeral for the family will be held at Assumption Catholic Church in Lauderdale By The Sea, Florida on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11 a.m. A live stream and recording of the funeral will be available on http://www.facebook.com/assumptioncatholicchurchbroward to watch online for those who loved Joanne but can’t attend in person.
Anyone wishing to pay tribute to Joanne can donate to ALK Positive at the following link: https://alkpositive.kindful.com/alk-positive-2022/in-memory-of-joanne-cavallo. Joanne was an active member of the organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and life expectancy of patients with ALK positive lung cancer, including research and education.