CENTERVILLE - Joanne McAteer, 83, of Centerville, MA died peacefully on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Born on June 18, 1935 in Glendale, CA she was the daughter of the late William Starkey and Lena (Carson) Starkey. She attended high school in California and continued her education at California State University, Fullerton where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in English. Her love of reading continued as a life-long passion.

Joanne lived in locations all across the country, such as Connecticut, Lake Tahoe, Southern California, and Texas, before moving to the Cape year-round in 1995. She was very active in local and national politics and was a member of the Republican Women’s Club. She also participated in many social activities with friends and treasured quiet moments with her cats. With her adventurous spirit, Joanne loved to travel to new places and meet new people; but above all else, she loved her family.

Joanne is survived by her husband, Richard Verling, and her son Keith McAteer and his wife Sheila. She leaves behind her beloved grandchildren, Joseph and his wife Lisa, Asia, Sarah and her husband Devon, and Andrew. Joanne also had one great-granddaughter, Eleanor. She is also survived by her step-daughter, Jennifer Verling-Chung. She is predeceased by her son, Joe McAteer.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joanne’s memory to the Centerville MSPCA, 1577 Falmouth Rd., Centerville, MA 02632. Services are private and under the direction of Doane, Beal, & Ames Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence please visit our website www.doanebealames.com

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