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Local entertainment icon passes away

For her fellow journalists, she was a constant source of inspiration and information. Whenever they needed to contact an entertainer, she never hesitated to help, and her jam-packed Rolodex rarely failed her.

Over the years she interviewed stars such as Robin Williams, Julie Andrews and Dennis Quaid, but her favorite subjects were Central New York performers who distinguished themselves on the world stage, people like Fallon, Thommie Walsh, Richard Gere, Ben Burtt and Richard Jay-Alexander.

"For me, Joanie was the last of those iconic newspaper dames I saw in the movie houses of yesteryear and in the films she so loved she almost certainly would've had to have been played by the great Bette Davis," Malfitano said. "No one else could have come close to capturing Joanie's presence and power on screen. She was a giant and Hollywood would've had to cast a giant to play her."

She was predeceased by her parents, Curly and Orletta Vadeboncoeur, and is survived by two cousins, Jayne Street and Faye Brooks. Services were private. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Crouse Health Foundation, 736 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210. Arrangements by Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.

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