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Date of Birth: November 17, 1965

Date of Death: March 17, 2023

JoAnne “Jo” Renee Leahy, 57, of Peoria, Arizona, passed away at home surrounded by her family on March 17, 2023, after battling gastric cancer. JoAnne was born on November 17, 1965, in Minneapolis, MN. Jo was an adventurous, fearless woman who loved the outdoors, mountain climbing, and hiking. Her passion was for mountain biking, and she loved nothing more than to head out for a ride after a long week of work as a nurse in the Emergency Department. Her nursing career spanned over 25 years and included military service in the Army during Desert Storm, flight nursing, and many years as both a nurse and director in the ED/ICU. On Christmas Eve 2004, Jo introduced herself to her new coworker, Douglas Leahy, and gifted him a bottle of red wine. They married in March 2006 and together cared for Jo’s three children (Michael, Anthony, Christina) and welcomed their daughter Abby in 2007. In October 2021, JoAnne was diagnosed with Stage 4 gastric cancer where she began to travel 300 miles round trip to Tucson multiple times a month for oncology appointments, testing and 34 rounds of chemotherapy over the course of 16 months. Between treatments, Jo organized a bucket-list “Grannies Gone Wild” camping trip with her sister and two sisters-in-law through several national parks in AZ, UT, and CO. As much as she loved the outdoors, she loved her family more. She was beloved by her husband, children, and grandchildren. JoAnne is survived by her husband Douglas, her children Michael (Shannon), Anthony (Alexi), Christina (Mark), and Abby, her grandchildren Judah and Dawson, her mother Jean, and her siblings Greg (Kim), Trish (Steve), and John ‘Mike’ (Yecha ‘YeSung’). She was predeceased by her father George Olson. “Man’s chief purpose is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them, I shall use my time.”

Service Information

Celebration of life to be held on Friday night from 5-8 at Rio Vista Recreation Center Lakeview Room. It is located at 8866 W Thunderbird Rd Peoria, AZ 85381. Casual attire is fine. Food and drinks for all who attend.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, or Hospice of the Valley, both organizations she felt strongly about.