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Giovanna Maria Kane
  • February 23, 1937
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  • March 25, 2020

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Giovanna P. “JoAnn” Kane

Age 83, of Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, on March 25, 2020, at Gulf Coast Medical Center, after a brief illness.  Born February 20, 1937, in Arnold, PA, to Ernesto Podagrosi and Lucia DiPalma Podagrosi, JoAnn grew up in Cheswick, PA and graduated from Springdale High School in 1955. In 1962, she married Albert C. Kane, Jr. and moved to Fort Myers in 1971, beginning a 49-year adventure in southwest Florida. Shortly after arriving, JoAnn worked with L&M Development and was instrumental in the development of Myerlee, one of Fort Myers’ most successful residential communities. With Myerlee fully developed, she went on to enjoy a 23-year career as the Administrative Assistant to the Golf Course Superintendent at Fiddlesticks Country Club. JoAnn was dedicated to her work and to the legions of friends she and Al developed during their time in Fort Myers. JoAnn loved Christmas. She baked thousands of cookies, decorated beautifully themed trees, and hosted an annual Christmas Brunch that became a legendary social event in southwest Florida.  She generously gave of her time and talents to those in need.  JoAnn and Al served their church and contributed to the Fort Myers business community for nearly 50 years.  JoAnn was preceded in death by husband Al, parents Ernesto and Lucia Podagrosi, beloved Uncle Jim DiPalma, brother Ernie Podagrosi, and nephew Victor Podagrosi. JoAnn is survived by sister-in-law Katy, nine nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and nephews, and many close friends and business colleagues.  A Mass of Christian Burial and celebration of JoAnn’s life will be held at a later date at The Church of The Resurrection of Our Lord, in Fort Myers.  Family and friends may sign the guest register or leave a condolence message by visiting www.baldwincremation.com.


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  1. 08 Jun 2020
    Maria Aponte says:
    Joann was my church buddy, she always saved me a seat next to her on Sundays. We shared many happy moments at church and our occasional lunches. My husband and I visited Joanne when she had surgery a number of years ago at Lee Memorial Hospital. She was fun, caring, and a good friend. I will miss her dearly. Maria Aponte

  2. 04 Jun 2020
    nancy gurry says:
    I sat next to Joann at Church of the Resurrection on Sunday for many years. We had many interesting conversations, and she had such an open heart to all. She would make wonderful Christmas ornaments for all of us.
    Our church group will miss her and our get-togethers for lunch.
    Nancy and Bill Gurry

  3. 12 May 2020
    Wayne Anthony Suprano, Jr. says:
    Joann and Al thank you so much for providing my parents so much fun with their annual visit to Florida. I heard of the stories told my my mom and dad over and over again and the time spent with Bobby and Pandora on their travel back North.

    Many of our family members celebrating together now in heaven.

  4. 19 Apr 2020
    Sherry and Olivia says:
    Joann's light will forever glow in our hearts. Miss your hugs
    Love you forever.
    Sherry and Olivia

  5. 19 Apr 2020
    Sherry and Olivia Parmeley lit a candle:
    Lit since April 19, 2020 at 4:34:15 AM

  6. 14 Apr 2020
    Karen Bento says:
    I worked with JoAnn for over 17 years. I spoke to her everyday and I miss her dearly.

  7. 07 Apr 2020
    Mark Angelisanti lit a candle:
    Lit since April 7, 2020 at 4:47:09 PM

  8. 05 Apr 2020
    Vickie Mazzoli Roolf says:
    So saddened to her of JoAnn's passing. Man y fond memories of Al and JoAnn. It's so sad another member of our family is gone. I'm sure everyone is having a great reunion up a bive!⚘

  9. 03 Apr 2020
    Pandora Angelisanti says:
    I will never forget your many kindnesses to me and my family. Bobby loved you like a sister

  10. 02 Apr 2020
    Dennis DiPalma says:
    JoAnn,
    Though family often is scattered across the country memories of happy times always remain.
    Your Cousin
    Dennis DiPalma

  11. 01 Apr 2020
    Jo-Ella Podagrosi Spratt lit a candle:
    Lit since April 1, 2020 at 4:36:34 PM

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