Joan Volin, of Yonkers, NY sadly left this life on February 8, 2022 at the age of 79. Joan was born November 17, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Louis and Lillian Lebovitz. Joan was Co-President of Chavura Beth Chai of Northern Westchester. She spent her working career as an IRB administrator working for both Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and NY Psychiatric Institute. Joan began her working life as a theatrical stage manager and maintained her love of theater all her life. She supported no fewer than five theater companies: four in New York City and one in Canada. Joan discovered sea kayaking in her early fifties and paddled frequently on the Hudson, the Sound, and off Cape Cod for over 20 years before illness forced her ashore. The beauty of those experiences was matched by the beauty of the friendships she made and cherished. As her mobility diminished, Joan became an avid reader – she was never without three or so books on the coffee table. Joan is survived by her beloved husband Bob with whom she shared almost 53 years of marriage, her daughters Alexandra Avelin and Olivia O’Toole, her grandchildren Zivia, Ben, Lucas and Katie, her brother Peter Lebovitz, her Sister-in-law Diane and Nephew David Lebovitz, her daughter-in-law Sheila Avelin, and son-in-law Jack O’Toole. Memorial donations in Joan’s memory may be made to Feeding Westchester (https://feedingwestchester.org).
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