Joanne Besemer

May 5, 1951July 4, 2018

Joanne Besemer, a long-time resident of Lindenhurst, L.I., died Wednesday, July 4th, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 67 years old.

Joanne was born in Amityville, to her late parents, Andrew and Evelyn Kmetz. She graduated from Copiague High School. She obtained her Bachelors Degree from Stony Brook University. She met her childhood sweetheart Richard Besemer at age eleven and they married in 1972. They made their home in Copiague, where they raised their family. In her years of work, Joanne had several professions, but she cherished her time as a Library Clerk with the Amityville Library. Joanne was a voracious reader, gardener and most enjoyed long conversations with her friends and family.

Surviving is her beloved family - her husband, Richard; and her sons, David and John. Predeceasing Joanne is her son Andrew Besemer and brother, Andrew Kmetz.

Family and friends will gather at the funeral home on Saturday, July 7th from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. At 4 p.m. the Wake Service will be offered by Deacon Phil Mills of Our Lady of the Assumption R.C. Church. Cremation will be private.



  • Visitation Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Funeral Prayer Service Saturday, July 7, 2018


  • Private Cremation

Joanne Besemer

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Susanna Besemer

July 7, 2018

I was Joanne's cousin and I actually met her for the first time on a bowling league at Babylon Bowl and she came right up to me and said we have the same last name and we figured out we were related through marriage and it was an instant connection. I truly admired Joanne she was an amazing women so smart and talented she taught me about gardening and every time I look at my blueberry bush I think of her. We had so much fun shopping and I will treasure all those shopping days. She really loved her family that is what I loved talking to her about and our chinese food nights were the best I wish I had more. Love you Joanne and you will be truly missed.<3

Deanna Tibaldi

July 6, 2018

Joanne and I went through school together. I was a year ahead of her. I remember when she and Richie started dating, they seemed the perfect match. After graduation we met up again as our children were attending elementary school together. Her brother Andy was a friend of my brother in high school. We reminisced and she told me about her son Andy. She was always a lady, full of grace, no matter what life dealt her. Heaven has a beautiful new angel. Until we meet again, Rest In Peace.

Linda LaSusa

July 6, 2018

I was Joanne's son, Andy's 6th grade Social Studies teacher. We were doing a project on Electing the President and Political Parties. Joanne sent Andy in dressed as Uncle Sam carrying a political sandwich sign. I wish I had a picture. He looked so cute. Richie and Joanne are great parents. Andy was wonderful as well.💔🌹