JoAnn McCarthy, 52, Lacona

LACONA, NY — JoAnn McCarthy, 52, Lacona, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2021, at the Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, where she had been a patient for several months.

She was born in Middletown, NY, the daughter to the late Albert and Florance Hadden Philhower, Sr.

JoAnn worked as a bus driver for 25 years, her last 13 years was with for Pulaski Academy Central School District and Valley Central.

She is survived by her fiance, Wayde Stawarz, Lacona, NY; her children, Sabrina Murphy, Orwell, NY; Tabitha (Alan) Montanya, Wallkill, NY; Scott McCarthy, Orange County, NY; Brittnay (Daniel) Swem, Carthage, NY; Jessica Stawarz, Indiana; her sister Sherry Philhower, brother Albert Philhower and 8 grandchildren, Olivia, Landon, Caiden, Emilia, Cooper, Maiya, Lukas and Adrianna. Also surviving are 4 step-grandchildren, Trenton, Gavin, Alyssa and Danica.

JoAnn was a loving Mom and  grandmother who enjoy spending time with her family.

A celebration of life for Joann will be held at the convenience of her family.

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