Nearly 20 years ago, JoAnne Mallare of Clarence started her own trucking company after having raised five children. She died Thursday in Sisters Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga. She was 77.
JoAnne Richards was born in Warren, Pa., and attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., before moving to Buffalo in 1958, marrying and becoming a homemaker.
Mrs. Mallare bowled in various leagues, attended her children's sporting events and was an active volunteer at St. Andrew Catholic Church and St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, both in the Town of Tonawanda. She also volunteered at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
In 1994, she started her own trucking company, Mallare Enterprises, with two dump trucks and two tractors. Over time, she built up her inventory to 16 dump trucks and eight tractors.
Mrs. Mallare worked full time at her business until she became ill in January. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Dominic J.; four sons, Thomas J., James E., D. Joseph and Michael V.; and a daughter, Lynne M. Bona.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1700 North French Road, Amherst.