Joanne B. Vyskocil

July 16, 1949June 10, 2018

Joanne B Vyskocil, 68, of Yarmouth Port, MA died on June 10 in Milton, MA after a sudden illness. Joanne was born July 16, 1949 in Paterson, NJ to Lois and Edward Breuer of Paterson. She was raised in Glen Rock, NJ, where she graduated Glen Rock High School in 1967. She graduated in 1971 from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, where she majored in economics. She lived primarily in Glen Rock until 2006, when she fulfilled a longtime aspiration and moved to Cape Cod, and described it as living in Paradise. Joanne had nearly 40 years of service with Aetna, Inc when she retired in 2014 as manager of the Law and Regulatory Affairs License Team. After retiring, she began the traveling she had long wanted to do, making multiple trips a year with groups or with her sister to European destinations in Italy, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Scotland, England and Hungary. At the same time, she involved herself more deeply in life on Cape Cod, joining multiple exercise classes, volunteering for the Cape Cod Symphony, attending First Congregational Church in Chatham, starting a long-running book club and creating a vibrant network of friends. She had an unerring knack for gestures that would generate happiness. When her mother died in 1999 after many years of creating a homemade gingerbread house at Christmastime for the children’s room at Glen Rock Public Library, Joanne quietly took over the task, driving the completed gingerbread house 300 miles to its destination each year from 2006 on. She is survived by her father, Edward Breuer, and stepmother, Anne Marie; her sister Nancy and brother David; her former husband Gerard Vyskocil; her nieces Jennifer and Megan Breuer, and great-niece Annabel Vasterink. She will be deeply missed as the person who shuttled among family members from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, the Netherlands and California, knitting us together and keeping us close. We extend warm thanks to the extraordinary neurology team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A celebration of Joanne’s life will take place on Friday, June 29 at 2:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Chatham. Joanne will live on in the hearts of many people. If you would like to extend her characteristic generosity with a donation in her name, please consider the Cape Cod Symphony or the Audubon Society of America. For online condolences, please visit .


  • Memorial Service Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 1, 2018

Joanne B. Vyskocil

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Bert Potter

June 19, 2018

Ed & Anne Marie, I was so sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. She was always one of my favorite clients. Her annual visit when she would bring me a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast made that particular Saturday much easier to get through. My deepest condolences. Bert Potter

Shelley Burrafato

June 19, 2018

Joanne was one of my favorite clients ever. Whenever I would see that she was coming to see me all the way from Cape Cod once a month I would be elated. She always made me laugh, learn and shared her life experiences like no other. She was a lovely, intelligent, humble, caring woman. I will sadly miss our chats on the ability to care for her at the salon because she always gave back so much of her self sitting at the opposite side of her.
I feel privileged to known her. Rest in peace my friend - Shelley

Michael Salerno

June 15, 2018

To the family of Joanne....... Please accept my condolences over Joanne's passing. I hope that your great memories of Joanne will help lessen your pain . I attended high school with Joanne in Glen Rock and feel fortunate to have known her and to have seen her again last June at our reunion.

My deepest sympathies,
Michael Salerno