JoAnn Broady Cassery, 79, a longtime resident of Foxboro, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Aug. 29 at Golden Pond in Hopkinton.
Born Oct. 5, 1939, in Knoxville, Tennessee, she grew up in Sevierville, Tennessee. The daughter of the late Dr. Robert A. and Ellen Cox Broady, she graduated as valedictorian from Sevier County High School in 1957, later receiving a B.S. from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Education from Peabody Teaching College in Nashville. She taught biology in Baltimore.
She was married to Gary Cassery for more than 30 years, and was very active in the community in Foxboro. She loved teaching Sunday school at Bethany Church and many after-school crafts courses at Burrell Elementary School and elsewhere. JoAnn delighted in children of all ages. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Despite living much of her adult life in New England, she retained her gentle Southern accent, charming everyone she met.
She is survived by daughter Karen Cassery-Daniels and husband B.J. Daniels, son Robert P. Cassery and wife Inna, grandson Peter Cassery, brother Joseph L. Broady and wife Mary Ann, sister Barbara Broady Hodges and husband James, sister-in-law Carolyn Headrick Broady, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her grandson, Alex Daniels, and her brothers Robert A. Broady, Jr., John Cox Broady and William S. Broady.
Her funeral was held Sept. 7 at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home in Southington, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in her memory be made to New Hope, 140 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703 or new-hope.org, or to a University of Tennessee scholarship fund. For online condolences visit www.dellavecchiafh.com.