Joanne Egan of North Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Montclair, died peacefully on Feb. 9, 2021, in North Palm Beach. She was 77.
Mrs. Egan was born in 1943 in Passaic, the daughter of Lena Corsano and Fred Liberti. She was raised in Elmwood Park and attended East Paterson High School. She graduated from Montclair State College in 1964. It was during this time that she met her previous husband, Cornelius Egan.
She was a teacher after college and lived in Montclair. She had penchants for helping people and for Tudor architecture, which led her to her life career, real estate. She eagerly earned her broker’s license and in 1979 started her own brokerage, Joanne Egan Associates, which was consistently a top performer in its market.
Highly respected among her peers, Mrs. Egan became a leader who took on several industry governing roles, including president of the Montclair Board of Realtors. She made many dear friends through her business, and it was during this time she met the gentleman with whom she would ultimately spend the rest of her life, Raymond Kirkeby.
Outside of her professional life, she was a loving and devoted mother and doting, spoiling grandmother. “Grandma Cookie” cherished spending time with her family at her beloved home in Glen Ridge. She attended countless baseball, football and hockey games, recitals and performances.
Mrs. Egan also loved the ocean and vacationing with her family, and enjoyed several unforgettable trips with her kids and grandkids over the years.
She and her life partner both retired and began spending more time at their winter home in North Palm Beach, where they enjoyed going to the beach and pool, watching the boats go by, playing Scrabble and going out for great meals.
Mrs. Egan is survived by her daughter, Tammi (Egan) Rawding, and son-in-law, Albert Rawding; her son, Jeffrey Egan, and daughter-in-law Sandy (Keigher) Egan; her son, Scott Egan; four grandchildren, Lindsey and Albert Rawding Jr. and Jeffrey and Kelly Egan; her sister, Diana (Liberti) Scrittorale, and her husband, Anthony Scrittorale; and her life partner, Raymond Kirkeby.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals, 62 Grove St. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Mrs. Egan’s name to CurePSP (PSP.org).