She left the living room light on all night, according to neighbors, and she and Joey went to bed every night by 8:30 P.M. in order to get plenty of sleep and wake up at 6 A.M. for work and school, respectively.
Joey Noel Bochicchio-Hauser, age 7, was born on December 17, 1999. Everyone described her in the following myriad of ways:
- Mature beyond her years
She was always nice to strangers and said hello to everybody. She was often seen by neighbors playing in her uniform in the front yard of hers and Nancy's two-story home as well as walking their dog Lindsay (who resembled the dog from Annie) with Nancy most mornings.
She took both ballet and golf lessons. She was also into being a cheerleader.
Because she hung around adults a lot, she acquired a taste for the unusual in a child, growing to love clams, oysters and mussels.
According to the principal at St. Jude Catholic School, she "had a lot of New York in her" and displayed this one memorable time in arriving to class with a do-rag on her head.
Neighbor Hank Matthews once spoke to Joey about her grandmother, whom she loved dearly, and she told him that if she continued to celebrate her grandma's birthday every year, "my grandmother will know I still love her." In the same token, JoAnn Bruno, Nancy's sister and Joey's Aunt, used to have an annual tea party with Joey on her (JoAnn's) birthday every January, and this year (2008), she placed a teddy bear in Joey's spot and still held the tea party in Joey's honor.
Joey went to Nancy's work meetings and was growing her hair long to donate it to "Locks of Love," a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients using real human hair, 10 inches or longer.
Her favorite colors were pink and purple and she loved to sing the song "This Little Light of Mine."
Nancy Jo Ann Bochicchio