Joanne Gaffney (Varvaro) Age 66 of Lake Grove, NY passed away peacefully after a long & Courageous battle with cancer on July 12, 2016. Beloved wife of Edward. Loving mother of Eddie (Jennifer), David, Laura (David) Moyer, Michael (Jessica).Cherished grandmother of 9. Joanne graduated Valedictorian from Stony Brook University Nursing Program & worked as a nurse practitioner at VA Hospital Northport. She also was a professor at Nassau Community College. Reposing at The Branch Funeral Home 190 E. Main St. Smithtown, NY. Visitation Friday 2-4 & 7-9 pm.Funeral Mass Saturday 10:00 am at Sts. Philip & James RCC St. James, NY. Interment to follow at St. James Episcopal Cemetery. Joanne touched the lives of many family & friends and will be forever remembered.

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  1. Our sympathies are with Ed and her family. We were blessed to have known Joanne. She will be missed by many! May she Rest In Peace��

  2. Laura & family ~ We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. The loss of a parent, especially a great one, is one of the hardest ones to endure. Praying for strength for you and your family to get through such a tough and trying time. Sorry we are away and won’t be able to make the services, but know we are with you in our hearts and spirit. Much Love, Angela, Rob, Quin & Francesca.

  3. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to Ed and the beautiful Gaffney family. Joanne will always be remembered for her wonderful and giving personality, style and grace and for just being an overall beautiful person to everyone who have ever known her.God bless the Gaffney family.Vicki and Eddie O’Toole

  4. so sorry to see you go. you we’re so loved at the veterans hospital and we had many of fun happy hours after work. love always and condolences to the family. miss you joanne

  5. My condolences to Ed and the Gaffney children. Your wife, mother, and I were clinical instructors at Nassau Community College. We were hired together and retired together and as R.N. nurse educators we became close not only for teaching, but because we had similar personal interests….our families and their pictures, Long Island and Florida. Your illness was such a shock and you were some fighter. We had many lunches together and I’m going to miss our visits and conversations. Joann, you were a dear friend and I wish you rest and peace in God’s hands. I will continue to pray for you and I hope you’ll do the same for me!∩┐╜

  6. joanne was one of the kindest and upbeat person I ever met. never had anything bad to say about anyone. love always. vinnie

  7. Ed and Family May God comfort you and fill your hearts with peace and serenity , Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you , We will miss Joanne . We were very blessed to have known such a lovely woman, Joanne rest in peace Deepest sympathy Dave and Sherry Moyer

  8. To the Gaffney FamilyI pray that God give you the strength. We all will miss Joanne.Joanne and I worked together in the Dept. of Surgery @ Northport VA Medical Center. What a kind individual she was. She treated colleagues, veterans and their families with kindness. Christ like. An example for others to follow. I was shock to hear she had passed. What a lost to mankind. May God bless her soul.

  9. Ed and Family, Our prayers and condolence are with all of you at this time. Joanne has always been a beautiful person inside and out. ‘Slippedthe surly bonds of Earth, to touch the face of God’ God bless you all.

  10. When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. We extend our most sincere condolences to you.

  11. JoAnneA beautiful women, with a beautiful soul. Your light will never leave us. Thank you for crossing my life.

  12. Joanne Gaffney was a wonderful instructor and was very uncomfortable With pressure to do anything on ethical I only wish I got to see her again

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