Jo-Anne Marie (Yonkers) Carty of Chana, Illinois, born in Chicago on January 6th of 1944 died at home on April 24, 2020 after a prolonged illness.
Always a self-assured woman, she went to work for Encyclopedia Britannica in downtown Chicago after graduating from Mercy High School. But her dream was always to be a dog breeder like she read about in Lad: A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune, and Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight as a young girl. So she went about making it happen. Long respected for her line bred dogs and superior skills in the show ring; she was, in part, responsible for the recognition by the American Kennel Club of the Akita breed in the 1970’s. Later in her career, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Dogo Argentino Club of America.
After health issues forced her to part with her dog career, she tapped into her caring nature and became a staff member of Stouffer Terrace, a group home for developmentally disabled adults in Oregon, IL. She surprised herself when she discovered just how important the residents and the staff became to her, and how she felt about herself.
Jo-Anne is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Rita Yonkers, and her husband Donald L. Carty. She is survived by her daughter Laura (Timothy) Treado, two step-grandchildren and four step-great grandchildren, and her brother Michael Yonkers.
Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, there will not be a funeral service. After the social distancing is eased, a memorial service will be planned and announced.
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