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Obituary of Joanne B. Canale


Joanne B. Canale of Homer passed awayTuesday morning, September 18,
2018 at St.Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse. Born July 2, 1925 in Oconto Falls, WI, Joanie was the daughter of John and Clara Hofbauer Braun. They moved to Cortland when she was ten.

Joanie graduated from St. Mary’s school in 1943. She worked at Niagara Mohawk and met the love of her life, Leo, when he came to repair the telephone system while she was covering the switchboard. He was immediately smitten! They were so in love, they married in winter on Groundhog’s Day, 1952. They moved to Homer in 1965, and were blessed with 50 wonderful years, enjoying tennis, golf, football, and travel. Joanie was a skilled crossworder. She devoted her entire life to her family, friends, and volunteer work including Altar Rosary Society, bereavement luncheons, church bingo, PTA, Homer Recreation Commission, and Elizabeth Brewster House.

Joanie was predeceased by Leo, and sister Marie Braun Farrell. She is survived by her children Jim, Jon (Connie), Len, Dee (Pete), and Tom (Fabiola), grandchildren Erin (Nate), and Mike (Swany), a great granddaughter Joelle, many nieces and nephews, and wonderful friends and neighbors important to her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Zareski serving as celebrant.

A reception will follow in the church basement after Mass. Internment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Those wishing to make a contribution in her memory might consider a gift to the Msgr. Michael Minehan Tuition Fund at St. Mary’s Parochial School, or to the Salvation Army.

Arrangements are under the direction of Riccardi Funeral Home, Cortland, N.Y. Condolences may be sent by visiting

Mom, we miss you terribly and love you forever. Thank you for being the best Mom in the world.

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