Joanne Myers Laughner Class of '46
- Joanne M. Laughner, age 84, after a brief but courageous battle, died on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at UPMC Shadyside surrounded by her family. She will be remembered by countless friends and relatives as a woman of grace, beauty, and resolve. Her greatest joys in life were always time spent with family, particularly in recent years with her grandson.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA to John and Gertrude Myers, Joanne was a graduate of Crafton High School and Pittsburgh Business School and became an executive secretary with J&L Steel Corporation. After marrying and raising three children and volunteering in various community endeavors, she returned to work at medical practices in the Beaver County area. Joanne was a member of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Church in Chippewa Township from the time of its founding.
In addition to her parents, Joanne was preceded in death by her brother, John Myers of Paris, TN.
Joanne is survived by her devoted husband of 57 years, Dale S. Laughner of Chippewa; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Margaret Laughner of Greensboro , NC; daughter, Peggy Laughner of Chippewa; son and daughter-in-law, Patrick (P.J.) Laughner and Melodie O'Hanlon and grandson, Kieran of Harpers Ferry, WV. Joanne is also survived by a sister, Susan Robertson of Crafton, PA; sister-in- law, June Hodge of Center Township; sister-in-law, Ann Myers of Paris, TN and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends who loved her deeply.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Joanne's memory to the American Diabetes Association, 100 West Station Square Dr., Suite 1900, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or Homemaker Home Health Aide Service of Beaver County, 376 Market Street, Beaver, PA 15009.
Family and friends will be received today from 12 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in the HILL & KUNSELMAN FUNERAL HOME, www.hillandkunselman.com, 3801 Fourth Ave., College Hill, Beaver Falls, where prayers will be recited on Monday at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at Christ the Divine Teacher Church with Father James Farnan as celebrant.
Private interment will take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Moon Township.