Jo Ann Bove, 69, of Yonkers passed away on June 3rd, 2021 after fighting a formidable battle with cancer. She was born in the Bronx on March 16th, 1952 to Dominick and Chrysanthemum Pallino. She was married to George Bove (predeceased) in 1981. Jo Ann is survived by her beloved daughter, Georgina Bove and her "son-in-law" Rob Hagen who she lived with and took loving care of her throughout her battle.
She is also survived by her sister Jeanne D'Angeles and predeceased by her brother John Pallino, and sister Evelyn Graf. She also leaves her 3 grandchildren Michael, Anthony, and Joseph, who called her Nana, and her great-grandchildren Ethin, Elizabeth, and Josephine. She is also survived by Donny, her daughter and Rob's cat, whom she always referred to as her grandson. Anyone that knew her would understand the inclusion of Donny as her "grandson". She is also survived by her cousin and very dear friend Stephanie Morelli as well as many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.
She was a manager at McDonald's for about 30 years and touched many people during that time. She worked at the location on Yonkers Ave for 20 of those years and was like the neighborhood mom. Everyone in the neighborhood knew and loved her, many called her "mom". She was also like another mother to many of her daughter's friends, her home was everyone's home. The door was always open and she was always ready and happy to cook something for everyone to enjoy. She made everyone feel welcome. Her greatest love and joy in life was being a mother and best friend to her daughter. Their bond was strong and they were always a team that took whatever life sent their way and met it head on together. She raised her daughter to be a strong woman, like she was.
She was a very special person with a positive energy and a vivid, loving personality that lit up any room she was in. So many have commented on the special, positive energy that radiated from her, and mentioned that just being around her made them feel good.
She was also a warrior. In addition to the battle she fought with cancer she also fought 2 rounds with Covid while going through aggressive chemo. She had actually gone into remission after that but the cancer, sadly, came back.
She fought with strength, dignity, and an unfailing positivity that is truly humbling. She was amazingly strong yet at the same time the sweetest, gentlest, most generous, and loving person. Her heart was made of pure gold and her will was made of steel.
She loved her family and friends with a passion. Nothing made her happier than cooking her amazing meals and having everyone over to enjoy the food she prepared. She made holidays special and everyone was welcome at her table to celebrate. It is those holidays and special meals that will be missed by many. Her loving smile and positive energy will be remembered by all until we meet again to join her at her table once more.