Joanna (Baxter) Lerner, DVM, 43, of Raymond, NH, died Thursday at Elliot Hospital, Manchester, due to complications following childbirth.
Born in Stoneham, MA to Wilfred and Malvena (Cangiano) Baxter of Andover, MA, Joanna was a 1996 graduate of Andover High School. In 2001, she graduated from University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Computer Science. Following graduation, she worked at Andover Animal Hospital where she continued to nurture her love of animals and became determined to return to college for a degree in veterinary medicine. Joanna left Andover to study at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2012. Upon graduation, she worked for a period at both Banfield Veterinary Hospital and Andover Animal Hospital. She eventually moved back to New Hampshire and joined her dream veterinary practice at Hampstead Animal Hospital.
Joanna met her husband, Jeremy Lerner, while an undergraduate at UMass-Lowell. They married in the Chapel at West Parish in Andover on a sunny, warm October day in 2014, and settled in Raymond, NH with their favorite island dog, Spongie, and an ever-expanding menagerie of pets, including beloved Gracie, Sebastian, Mater, Clarice, and most recently Bowe.
Dr. Lerner had a brilliant mind and a compassionate manner. She loved to analyze any problem before her. When this talent was combined with her compassion and commitment to high quality medicine, she was the perfect doctor for your pet. She loved her work with animals and was committed to their care, touching the lives of many people and animals through her nine years of service to the field.
Her passions included reading, knitting, crocheting, music, art, film and nature. She was an avid dog trainer and shared her life with some incredible furry souls. Joanna lived a rich life filled with learning, love, people, and animals.
Joanna leaves behind her beloved husband of six years and best friend for twenty-one, Jeremy, and her much anticipated and loved-from-conception newborn twins. She also leaves her parents, Wilfred and Malvena Baxter; her stepfather, Paul Blake; her mother- and father-in-law, Mary and Roy Lerner; her brother-in-law, Justin Dyer, and his wife, Samantha; her brother-in-law, Joe Marcello; and an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, and a super extended family of friends. She loved each and every one dearly. Joanna is predeceased by her favorite, and only, younger brother, Stephen.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street in Methuen. At the request of the family, the funeral service on Friday will be private. Burial will be in West Parish Cemetery in Andover.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joanna's memory may be sent to the Dr. Joanna Lerner Memorial Fund, c/o Salem Co-Operative Bank, 3 South Broadway, PO Box 67, Salem, NH 03079-0067.
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