Mrs. Joanne S. Kushner of Kennett Square

Mrs. Joanne S. Kushner, 72, of Kennett Square, died peacefully, Friday, July 2, in the presence of her husband Dave, family, and friends. Born on Oct. 19, 1948, in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Jessica (Salla) Fiore. Joanne was a 1966 graduate of West Catholic High School.

Joanne met Dave Kushner when she was just 17 years old. He was the love of her life. They married on Oct. 10, 1970, and together they shared 51 beautiful years of marriage, life, and love. Joanne’s love for children led her to her first career as a teacher, teaching pre-kindergarten. Together, Joanne and Dave raised their son Andrew, whom she was most proud of. After raising their son, Joanne returned to work and found her true passion in the jewelry business, beginning at Service Merchandise and then to designing custom pieces with private jewelers. Joanne was extremely talented in her knowledge of diamonds, and she received joy in knowing she helped someone design or select the perfect piece of jewelry. Joanne had so much love and generosity for children, the elderly, the sick, and the dying and cared for so many selflessly throughout her life. She treated each of her friends like family.

Joanne was happiest when she and Dave were spending time with their son, cooking her signature Italian dishes for her family and friends, and caring for their home. Her generosity compared to none as she was always in search of the perfect card, or gift for those she loved. Joanne had true compassion in her heart, as she continuously supported animal rights and our veterans, as well as many other charities in need. In addition to her devoted husband, Joanne is survived by her loving son, Andrew Kushner of Newark, DE, her cousin Carol Lupo of Philadelphia and her extended family and friends that will miss her dearly. In addition to her parents, Joanne is preceded in death by her brother Salvatore Fiore.

Friends will be received on Thursday, July 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, July 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square, PA 19348. Her entombment will follow at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield.

Contributions may be made in Mrs. Kushner’s name to Longwood Fire Co., 1001 E. Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA 19348, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Way, Memphis, TN 38105, Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516, or to PAWS for People, PO Box 9955, Newark, DE 19714.

Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square; please visit Mrs. Kushner’s online memorial by going to

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