Jo Anne Bernadette Yaremko
Jo Anne Bernadette Yaremko of Truro, MA, and Vieques, PR, died at first light on the morning of December 1, 2015. She had struggled with breast cancer since 1999, and was without pain, unafraid and in the embrace of her husband and daughters when she fell asleep in the Lord.
Jo Anne, daughter of Joseph and Rose Caruso of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, held degrees in Education and Speech from Fordham University. She was an early childhood teacher in Madison Township, NJ, and Ridgefield, CT, where she also operated a 200-student dance studio for more than a decade.
She was a dancer, actor and choreographer of numerous theater productions, including the title role in the premiere of Lady Kay.
Since 1995, she had served as vice president of Executive Media, Inc., where she produced corporate events and video programs. Among her many blue-chip clients were IBM, John Hancock, Knoll Pharmaceuticals, the New Jersey Education Association, the New York Society of Association Executives, Pepsi-Cola, Hitachi, Humana and Siemens.
Jo Anne’s interests were many and far-reaching: bicycling, snorkeling, cross-country skiing, raising koi, and collecting antique dolls, salt dishes and Inuit sculpture.
Jo Anne is survived by her husband of 50 years, Peter; two daughters, Wendy, of Madison, CT, and Julie, of Stratford, CT; three grandsons, Erik, Connor and Andrew; her brother, John, of Buford, GA; and sister, Felicia, of Monroe, NY.
Funeral arrangements are being managed by Gately McHoul Funeral Home, 94 Harry Kemp Way, Provincetown, MA, 02657. Friends may visit from 5:30 to 7:30 P. M., Friday, December 4. Mass will be celebrated at 10 A. M. the next day, December 5, at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Provincetown. Interment will take place at 11 A. M. on Monday, December 7, at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ.
Friends who wish to make a donation on Jo Anne’s behalf in lieu of flowers may consider her favorite charity, St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be left in the guest book at gatelyfuneralservice.com.