JoAnn McCabe was born in The Bronx in 1955 and moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn a few years later. She went to St. Anselm's School, Fontbonne High School and later attained an undergraduate and master's degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. JoAnne wed William McCabe and had one son, Liam.
She was one of the first woman in NYC to drive a taxi in the 1970s and was also one of the first female bike messengers. Her love for the outdoors led her to take courses in forestry and spend time in nature, especially in Colorado, where she hiked the Rocky Mountains. She was known for her travels. She was also known for her generous spirit where she helped the poor and the downtrodden and would often let people stay with her that had no place to go. In her later years, she was a caretaker for her parents, Eleanor and Charles Kerr and spent time as a caretaker for other elderly. Her true passions were nature and animals, and she leaves one behind a young dog named Dakota, who has been adopted by Liam and his wife Christine.
While churches have been closed for some time due to COVID-19, the family is grateful to Our Lady Of Angel's for allowing JoAnn's mass to be the first of the reopening. Everyone is welcome to attend and say goodbye. Due to the rules governing funeral homes there will be no wake but a memorial celebration in her honor will follow later this summer. Following the mass the family will head West on a long drive high into the Colorado Rockies so JoAnne may rest among the starry sky.
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