September 18, 1929 – September 28, 2021
Joan Audrey Kapp Beinart of Canton, Massachusetts, formerly of Manhattan, New York, passed away peacefully on September 28, 2021. Joan was a pioneer in an age when few women worked outside the home, and even fewer owned a business. She remained true to her New York City roots all her life.
Joan attended the Dalton School in New York, which influenced her tremendously, and spent a year at the University of Chicago. During this time, she was selected as ‘America’s Typical Teenager’ and spent a year in post-war England reporting on the very different lives of English teens. She went on to run a marketing firm and at age 24 was featured in an article in Newsweek about its success. She worked in public relations for many years, creating memorable advertisements for United Cerebral Palsy of Westchester County and Rye Playland, among other clients.
Joan was an elegant and stylish woman whose living space and personal appearance were always immaculate, colorful, and creative. She had many unique pieces in her home, some of which she purchased on her many travels, some of which she rescued from thrift shops and refurbished, and some which created from found objects including fabrics and metal. Her clothing and jewelry were also influenced by her travels and included many unique items from China, Tibet, Egypt, South America, the Philippines, and Europe. She also enjoyed making a fashion statement with Burberry ensemble pieces (real or faux), which she coordinated in her own special way.
Joan is survived by her three children, Kerry Hurwitz (Jules), Tracey Hyams (Andy), and Peter Stelzer (tress), six grandchildren (Rebecca and Jeanette Hurwitz, Benjamin and Joshua Hyams, and Milo and Jessie Stelzer). As she requested, her ashes will be spread in Central Park later this year.
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