Joan Volin 1942 - 2022

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 (

Funeral Service

Thursday, February 10th 2022 at 11:30 AM
Weinstein Memorial Chapel
1652 Central Park Ave
Yonkers NY 10710


Sharon Gardens Cemetery


  1. REPLY
    Bruce Lesser says

    Dear Bob, Alex, Olivia , Sheila, Zivia, Ben,Lucas and Katie,

    Joan exemplified all that was good and kind in this world. She will be missed.
    Ellen and Bruce

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    Marilyn Alfes says

    Bob & family…. I have so many wonderful memories of our times together….. paddling, camping, Alaska and of course all the parties…. Joan was a warrior & one I greatly respected. My heart goes out to all of you but especially to you Bob as I’ve been witness throughout the years to your love & devotion to our wonderful & intrepid Joan. RIP Joan & thank you for all the wonderful memories💕

  3. REPLY
    Ann & Dave Stuart says

    Bob, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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