JoAnn DeFreese

JoAnn DeFreese

1957 - 2020

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Mrs. JoAnn DeFreese

Westtown, NY


Mrs. JoAnn DeFreese of Westtown, NY, died Monday, December 7, 2020 at Garnet Health Medical Center in Middletown, NY.  She was 63.

She was born June 1, 1957 in Pequannock, NJ the daughter of the late Raymond James Drew, Jr. and the late Vera Lea Redner Drew.

JoAnn worked at the Minisink Valley Central School District in the Food Service Department for many years.

JoAnn was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.  She was a tough woman who had a caring heart, and would give you the world.  She absolutely adored her grandchildren and loved spending time with them.  She will be greatly missed.


Surviving are:

Her loving husband of 32 years, Robert DeFreese at home

2 Daughters:   Kellyann Lepore                     

                        Jody Bingell and her husband Brent

2 Sisters:         Charlene Bentley and her husband Andy     

                        Diana Howell and her husband Orlin

Grandchildren:Joellene and Kristen Lepore, Gabrielle Bohm, Haillee LaBelle and Charles LaBelle, Jr.                              

2 step grandchildren: Payton and Joseph Bingell.

1 Niece: Charlene Howell

3 Nephews: Orlin Howell, Darren and Daniel McCaffery

Great Nephews: Liam and Quinn O’Brien

Also Scott Norman, who was like a son to her.

She was predeceased by her brother, Raymond Drew and her Step Father, Charles Richling.


There will be no visitation.


Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.


Cremation will be at MacLennan Hall Crematorium, Milford, PA.


Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 38 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT 06854.


Funeral arrangements are by the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis.  For additional information or to send a condolence note to the family please visit