Joanne Perry

Joanne Perry (Jess)

Saturday, March 29th, 1958 - Friday, May 8th, 2020
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We mourn the passing of Joanne Jess Perry, lost too soon on Friday May 8, 2020. Her 20 month battle with peritoneal cancer will be remembered for its optimism, tenacity, and grace. Joanne was born in Rotterdam, NY on March 29, 1958 to Edward and Mayzoe Jess. Joanne is pre-deceased by her parents and her brother, Thomas. She is remembered by brothers Edward, Steven (Kimberly), Richard (Danielle) and Robert (Nancy), her sisters-in-law, Susan (Dick) Sheffield, Laurie (Steve) Keith, Colleen (Chris) Jess, and many nieces and nephews. Marrying her love, lifelong companion, and best friend, William J. Perry Jr. on September 27, 1981, two children followed. Daughter, Christine (Joseph) Forsythe, grandchildren, Marcus, Alexander, and Nicholas join son, William (Heather) Perry III, their father, extended family, and countless friends in cherishing her memory daily.

Joanne was a graduate of the Class of 1976 at Schalmont High School. A thirst for knowledge coupled with a passion to teach resulted in a Master’s in Education from the University at Albany. Over 20 years of teaching mathematics, predominantly at Guilderland Central Schools, leaves a lasting and expansive legacy with friends, faculty, students, and families fortunate to have met her. Upon retiring, Joanne enjoyed traveling, tending to her gardens, and most of all, spending time with her family and friends.

Private memorial service for friends and family to be held at a yet to be determined date. Joanne’s family would like to thank Dr. Joyce Barlin and the staff at The Women’s Cancer Care Associates in Albany, NY and Kate from Community Hospice for their care, compassion, and tireless efforts. Memorial donations in Joanne’s honor may be made to Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411 Union St Schenectady, NY 12308; for their consistent and compassionate care. Condolences, pictures and notes in memoriam may be made at
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Elnora Webb

Posted at 10:11pm
“God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes
and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.
The former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3,4)

Ron Breunig

Posted at 10:48am
Shocked and saddened by my lifelong friends passing. Growing up with her in the neighborhood thru the great times with the Class of '76 has left me with many wonderful memories! Jody was a great friend to me with a heart of gold! Much love and condolences to Bill and the kids, and all the Jess brothers. Ron Breunig

Rich Pepe

Posted at 02:12pm
So very sad to read of Joanne's passing. We were brought together for a brief but I think memorable time as teacher and student, advisor and class secretary. Jody added energy and sparkle to every group and activity she was part of. Though destined for a career teaching math, she could write a heck of an essay! I could see why she might pursue a career in teaching, and why she has been so acclaimed for it; her academic skills, sharp wit and humor make it easy to picture her in command of her own classroom. At this sad time, I am glad she had the chance to build the teacher/student relationships that make for a memorable career. I'm also glad for the chance to visit the Jess home, so long ago, to get to know her family a bit better. To Bill and family, and the Jess brothers, your great loss is shared by the SHS Class of '76 and hundreds of her students.

Becky Hastings

Posted at 07:41pm
Dear family My heart is heavy with news of Joann’s passing. Every wake and every funeral we would say “ tomuch time has passed and we should get together” but life gets in the way. I do have Memories of the fun and trouble we all got into . She will be missed by many. Love and prayers for peace to all Becky Jess Hastings

Joseph E Holtslag

Posted at 05:27pm
We are so sorry to hear of Joanne's passing, she was truly an outstanding person as well as a wonderful cousin. When we went to Schenectady to see Aunt May and Uncle Ed, she would always come over to see us. She was an inspiration to all that knew her. Our hearts and prayers go out to her daughter and family and son. We would like to send our love to all her brothers (and families) who are suffering the heartbreaking loss of a wonderful sister. There is know one that can fill her shoes. We loved her so much. Bud and Sandy Holtslag

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