JoAnn Langer, a senior merchant at The TJX Cos. Inc. and veteran of several top American retailers and brands, died Monday at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y., after a long bout with cancer. Langer was 65.
“She was a special person with lots of love and lots of life,” said her sister, Elaine Jacondino. “She loved fashion, travel and photography. She shot everything. That was her second passion in life.”
TJX issued a statement that said, “JoAnn was a vibrant leader, extremely talented and a wonderful human being. We will miss her dearly here at TJX. We offer JoAnn’s family our sincerest condolences during this sad time.”
Born in Ozone Park in Queens, N.Y., Langer began her buying career at the former Gertz department store in Jamaica, Queens, not far from the neighborhood where she grew up. Following that, Langer took on executive roles at Stix Baer & Fuller, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Elie Tahari, Anne Klein, Susan Bristol, GM Design Group and Alvin Valley. She was chief executive officer of Garfield Marks Brands from 2000 to 2004.
Her most recent role was as senior vice president and ladies merchandising director at the Winners division of TJX Cos. in Canada, a job she assumed in 2008.
Langer was predeceased by her husband, Joe Powers. In addition to her sister, Langer is survived by her niece Jennifer Carpentieri, and her niece’s husband and daughter, Billy and Alysa.
A wake will be held Wednesday, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., at the Charles O’Shea Funeral Home, 603 Wantagh Avenue in Wantagh, Long Island. The funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Free Arts for Abused Children, 1431 Broadway, 7th floor, New York, New York 10018, or Because I am a Girl, 155 Plan Way, Warwick, R.I., 02886.