Joanne Theresa Barnes, aged 81, passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Joanne was born October 1, 1935, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Francis Michael Gilboy and Helen Marie Vukelich.
On September 3, 1955, Joanne married the love of her life, the late Harvey Lea Barnes, Jr. in Detroit, Michigan and, in 1960, relocated to Bellevue, PA, a lovely suburb of Pittsburgh, PA where Joanne's legacy began.
Joanne was a loving mother to her 12 high-spirited children as well as many surrogate children along the way. Despite having 14 mouths to feed, there was always room for one or two more at 38 South Bryant. Joanne's greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and her favorite place to go with them was Nags Head, NC.
In addition to being incredibly gifted in the arts of sewing and cooking, Joanne had a beautiful voice that could be heard in the pew at First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA for over 20 years.
Holidays were magical because of Joanne. Her attention to detail in gift-giving and meal preparation seemed impossible to achieve with a family so large, yet she did so with grace and poise.
Joanne was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harvey Lea Barnes, Jr.; granddaughters, Blair Denise Taylor and Lauren May Reinstein; daughter-in-law, Sandra Grace Barnes; and her brother, Arthur Frederick Lampe.
Joanne is survived by her children: Clinton Lee Barnes and wife, Nancy, Michele Barnes Taylor and husband, Billy, Duane Harvey Barnes and wife, Terry, Scott Frederick Barnes and wife, Kristen, Jonathan David Barnes, Lisa Annette Yancey and husband, David, Leah Jeanette Brittain and husband, Joe, Christopher John Barnes and wife, Tara, Jennifer Barnes Ryan and husband, Tom, Peter Donald Barnes and wife, Emily, Sean Michael Barnes and wife, Lori, and Harvey Lea Barnes III; in addition to 45 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 1p.m. in the HOOVER FUNERAL HOME, 88 Lucy Avenue, Hershey, with the Rev. John A. Green, officiating. The family will begin receiving guests at Noon. Interment will follow in the Hershey Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation at www.tnbcfoundation.org.
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PostedSeptember 17, 2017