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Joanne (Jo-Jo) Mason
January 23, 1940 ~ January 19, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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An extraordinary woman, mother, wife, sister, sister-in-law, grandma, aunt and friend passed peacefully on January 19th, 2024. JoJo will be forever in our hearts.
Joanne Mason is predeceased by her husband of 25 years and one true love, James William (Bill) Mason, and her grandson William MacPherson. She leaves behind a grateful family including her four children Tammy and John MacPherson, Bill and Debbie Mason, Doug Mason and Jenny and Mike Lorenzen; 12 grandchildren Ryan, Krista, Kasey, Jamie, Courtney, John, Hannah, Meghan, Riley, Jake, Teddy and Charley; and 7 Great Grandchildren Sadie, Isla, Addie, Brooke, Andie, Kennedy and Mac. They will remember making German Christmas cookies, lindying in the kitchen (with her leading of course) and her infectious laugh when they teased her with harmless tricks and jokes. They are blessed to have had such a fun-loving and supportive matriarch and she’ll live on in the traditions they continue with their families and the laughs they share with each other.
Joanne Theobalt born in Glendale Queens, and James “Bill” Mason were married on June 12th, 1960. They raised their 4 children and created a successful and happy life in St. James, NY on Hillside Ave. The neighborhood was a very special place and neighbors quickly became an extended family. She enjoyed her career as a medical coder for over 25 years and made lifelong friends with her “CHOWS” girls. After Bill died, she moved to Stony Brook and again created another satisfying life with her four legged companions. She spent many days walking Winston, Libby and Thomas along the beach she loved. She continued her career in the medical field and helped raise her grandchildren. As an avid gardener, she always had her hands in the dirt and her gardens were as beautiful as she was.
JoJo was incredibly devoted to her family. She built a strong network of children and grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters and in-laws. Her welcome mat was always out and she was happy to pass on her German traditions to the many people she entertained in her home. A home cooked meal and a big smile was her specialty. She loved to laugh and dance and did so often. It was impossible not to have fun when JoJo was around.