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Joan M. Cable-Burger

April 1, 1931 ~ May 4, 2022 (age 91)

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"A life well lived is a precious gift

of hope and strength and grace,

From someone who has made our world

A brighter, better place

It's filled with moments, sweet and sad

With smiles and sometimes tears,

With friendships formed and

good times shared

And laughter through the years

A life well lived is a legacy

Of  joy and pride and pleasure,

A living, lasting memory

Our grateful hearts will treasure.

-Author Unknown.

Cable -Burger, Joan, 91, passed away on May 4, 2022. Joan was born in Brooklyn, New York with a twin brother, Joseph, to parents Mae Kennedy and Joseph Blank Sr. Her mother, Mae Kennedy died giving birth to Joan and her brother Joseph, resulting in her paternal grandmother, Margaret Blank being the sole caregiver left to raise the twin children; and that she did! Joan would often say many times in her adult years... “It doesn’t take a woman giving birth to a child the right to be called “mother”, but rather one earns that right by caring, loving and always being there.” Thus, Joan always called her grandma, “Mamma”; for she truly was her mother.  Joan attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn, NY.  In her early years, Joan was employed by American Express, New York World Telegraph Newspaper, Montgomery Ward and John Wanamaker Department Stores. Joan attended CCNY College at night taking courses in Marketing and Merchandising. It was there that she was appointed Sales Manager for the entire “ready to wear line” for infants up to preteens. In June 1951, Joan Cable Burger married George L. Cable. She retired from her employment with Macy’s and gave birth to three daughters in the ensuing years; Pamela (John), Audrey (John) and Georgiana (Walter). She became involved with the Girl Scouts of America; in which her daughters became active and she was in time appointed Vice President and Program Director of Mid Island Council of Girl Scouts and was voted delegate to attend the National Convention of Girl Scouts in Seattle, WA. Joan was always active in her community and was the recipient of numerous community awards included but not limited to Rotary, Women’s Club and Kiwanis of Nassau County. In the early 1970’s, Joan purchased her first Beauty Salon and by offering affordable pricing and hours for working people; turned the salon into the busiest in Bethpage, Long Island. Joan noted the change in the hair industry with the emergence of “Unisex Salons” and started a new division of hair care, “Lemon Tree Haircutters”. Ultimately, she sold off the beauty salons and concentrated her business acuteness to Lemon Tree Haircutters. During this time of growth, Lemon Tree Haircutters became franchised and grew to some 88 locations across Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, Virginia, Maryland, Westchester, Brooklyn and Connecticut. Joan’s list of accomplishments and awards include; INC’S Entrepreneur Award; Small Business Administration New York States Entrepreneur of the Year award, AVON Women’s leadership award and the NY State Legislature designated a day, bearing her name, in her honor. She worked with the small business administration giving lectures and seminars and working “one to one” with new business owners. Joan held a United States Coast Guard Captains License (Master International) 200 ton. She also held a New York State Insurance Broker license and Real Estate license. In July 1992, Joan Cable married Michael Patrick Burger from Manhasset, NY.  She would always refer to Michael as a “gift” and their love for each other grew with every day of their marriage. Joan and Michael moved to Sarasota, Florida in 2003. Joan is survived by her husband Michael; her three daughters Pamela (John), Audrey (John) & Georgiana (Walter); nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren and her beloved dog Emma Imma Burger. Memorial visitation will be held Sunday, May 22nd, 2-8 pm at Arthur F. White Funeral Home, Inc., 234 Broadway, Bethpage. Funeral Mass Monday, May 23rd, 10 am at St. Martin of Tours RC Church. Interment private. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Joan's name to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital,

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May 22, 2022

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Bethpage Location
234 Broadway
Bethpage, NY 11714

Funeral Mass
May 23, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Martin of Tours RC Church
220 Central Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714


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