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Joan Busher Kain

June 26, 2015
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Joan Kain died peacefully at Shell Point Hospice on June 20,2015, a victim of lung cancer.

Joan was born in New York City on April 25, 1931, and grew up through her school Years in Bronxville, New York. She attended nearby Roosevelt High School where she is remembered as a beautiful girl, talented artist and energetic cheerleader. She and Wally Kain, her husband-to-be years hence, were high school sweethearts.

She majored in art at College: Centenary College ( 1951,) and Syracuse University (1953.)

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Joan and Wally Kain were married in 1954, and spent the next two years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Joan and the GI Bill put Wally through law school. Following his graduation and bar admission, they lived in Alexandria, Virginia, where Joan served as a docent at the National Gallery in Washington. And in Yonkers, New York, where Joan worked with the Junior League in teaching children with pinpoint vision.

The Kains lived for many years in Princeton, New Jersey, and came to think of Princeton as their home town. Their children Susan, Will and Stuart were raised there. Joan was active in Princeton community arts and taught children about the Lenape Indians at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.

Wally's work took the Kains to Greensboro, North Carolina, where Joan was a docent at the Weatherspoon Gallery of the University of North Carolina.

Upon retirementthere was to be no retirementthe Kains came to Sanibel to paint, write, shell, and enjoy nature, but got caught up in conservation causes. Joan worked for many years as a volunteer at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, and was a member of its Board of Trustees (1992-95.) She served on Sanibel's Vegetation Committee and worked as a vegetation inspector (a veggie cop,she joked) and an instructor in the city's course for landscape contractors.

Sanibel was home to the Kains for about twenty-one years. Joan was twice First Lady of Sanibel during Wally's terms as Mayor in the 1990s.

They moved to Shell Point in 2005 following Hurricane Charlie.

Family members surviving Joan are her Husband Wally, brother Eugene Busher , son Will and his daughters, Virginia and Laura, son Stuart and his daughters, Olivia and Emily, and three grandchildren Merrick, Alison and Nicholas Reeder, whose mother, Susan Reeder, preceded Joan in death. Joan has and three great grandchildren, Bodhi, Treya and Jaiden Reeder.

In accordance with Joan's wishes, a social occasion to celebrate her life will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers, Joan's family suggests contributions to the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, P.O. Box 839, Sanibel. FL 33908.

 
 

 

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