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Joan O'Toole

February 19, 1940 — September 30, 2020

Joan Anne O’Toole, born February 19, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY, passed away on September 30, 2020 after a heroic 17-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

She met her husband, James, in 1956 and they were married in November 1961. After marrying her small-town country love, they settled in Greenpoint, NY, and enjoyed 58 years of marriage living in New York, Connecticut, Virginia and retiring to Florida. Joan enjoyed Florida and even more, her cruises.

Joan and her husband had three children, Theresa Donovan of Gainesville, VA; Scott O’Toole (wife Marcia) of Culpepper, VA; and Nicole Novakoski (husband Frank) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

She was the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren: Shannon Donovan, Ryan Donovan, Casey Donovan Lawhorne, David Novakoski, Cory Donovan, Brendan O’Toole and Brianna O’Toole. She was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Liam and Jack Donovan.

She is survived by her two sisters, Carolyn Klem of Conway, SC, and Danielle Wydra of North Myrtle Beach, SC, and many nieces and nephews.

Joan was an Elementary School Manager in the Virginia Educational System.

A Celebration of Joan’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 in the chapel of Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach. Masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Florida.

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