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Joanne M. (Piper) Holley
November 12, 1941 ~ November 17, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Joanne Holley of Parish NY passed away peacefully on Friday, the 17th of November at University Hospital in Syracuse NY surrounded by her loving family. She had just turned 82 years old a few days earlier and celebrated with Chocolate cake, her favorite .
Joanne was born November 12, 1941, in Syracuse Memorial Hospital to Larry and Marie Piper. She lived her childhood on the north side of Syracuse on Dale Street and Dewitt Street. She graduated from North High School. She was chosen as the queen of her Senior Ball.
She held several jobs over the years. As a young lady fresh out of high school she worked as a private secretary to the owner of Don Beattie Builders on James Steet. She also worked at GE in Liverpool, Nestles Chocolate factory in Fulton, as an inventory control personnel for RGIS and retired from APW School district as a bus driver for over 20 years where she also served as President of the CSEA.
Joanne met her husband Bruce in 1962 at Harmony Acres Horse club in Parish, NY. She and Bruce were married in 1963 in Syracuse. They ran a horse farm in Colosse, NY known as Rambling Acres for many years. She loved horses and passed that passion on to her children and her own parents. She loved totravel, Vacation, Camping with her grandkids, she loved to crochet and sew. She had a love for boating with her dad. She was a excellent and creative cook and baker. She especially loved family get togethers and holidays with the family. She’s traveled to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Chicago, Tennessee, California, Florida, Texas, & Outer Banks North Carolina. Cruised to the islands of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and The Bahamas. She enjoyed adventures like rafting the ColoradoRiver and canoeing in Letchworth State Park. She truly enjoyed her life…her story.
Her door was always open to anyone and would give you her last dollar if you needed it. After her mom, Marie passed away in 1982, she became the unofficial Matriarch of the family and looked out and cared for her father Larry till his passing in 1993 all while holding a full-time job and raising a family.
Joanne is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bruce Holley, their 3 children Daryl (Lynne) Holley of Williamstown, Michelle (Craig) Jennings of Lee Center and Michael (Amy) Holley of San Antonio, Texas. Also 2 stepdaughters. Lorraine Holley and Wanda Holley of Buffalo. She had 7 grandchildren, Geoffrey (Brittany) Hale, Stephanie (Rocky) LaMonica, Gregory Hale, Andrew (Sarah) Hale, Jacob Holley, Kerrigan (Josh Pettit) Holley and Autumn Holley. She was blessed with 5 great grandchildren, Jackson, Oliver and Isla Piper LaMonica, Ellie and Nolan Hale and a little one she is temporarily holding in her arms in heaven till May 2024!
Joanne was survived by her devoted brother-in-law and Sister, Jim and Susan Crowell of North Syracuse, brothers Terry (Sherry) Piper of Cicero and Robert (Gina) Piper of N. Carolina. Several nieces and nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents Lawrence and Marie Piper
Joanne left this world with dignity and grace. There will never be another Joanne. She is with the Lord and looking out for this big, wonderful family she has. Rest with much peace Joanne, you are so loved by us all!
Calling hours are Friday November 24th from 4-7pm at Sears Middleton Mathewson Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., North Syracuse. Graveside services will be Saturday at 11am in North Syracuse Cemetery.
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