Former Dobbs Ferry resident Jody Ann Joseph passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the New London Hospital, in New London, N.H., after a brief battle with cancer.

Jody was born to Frank Kisel and Nancy (Migliore) Kisel on June 1, 1953 at Dobbs Ferry Hospital. She attended Sacred Heart School from the first through eighth grades and graduated from Our Lady of Victory High School in 1971. Both schools were located in Dobbs Ferry. 

After graduating high school, she began working in advertising sales for the Gannett Newspapers in White Plains. She eventually left the advertising field for a career in food service, as cooking was her first love. Jody worked in many areas of food service, from catering to supermarket deli manager.

In January 2017, she and her mother moved to Lyon Brook in New London. She had been employed by Colby-Sawyer College in the food service arena. She loved working with the cafeteria staff and meeting and greeting the college students. She was well known for her biting sense of humor and her no-nonsense approach to life. 

Jody enjoyed cooking, reading recipes, and trying her culinary discoveries on her family. Family was important to her and she took that job seriously, especially when it came to caring for her mom. Her nephews and great-nephews were the apples of her eye. Jody was a necessary part of all the family holidays, big and small, adding her delicious meals and sense of humor to all the festivities. Even as she was going through all the various stages of her cancer, she never lost that sense of humor.

Jody was predeceased by her parents, grandparents, and some aunts and uncles. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, John and Faye Chaplin; her nephews and nieces Geoff Chaplin and Meira Kensky, and Joshua and Diana Chaplin; and her great-nephews Elliot and Rhoan Chaplin. She is also survived by her aunts Betty Migliore and Margaret Schneider; her uncles Nunzio, Joseph, and John and their wives; and many cousins.

A celebration of Jody’s life will be held at a later date when it is considered safe for large groups to meet. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name to one’s favorite charity would be welcomed.

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