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Joan Dolman

Joan Dolman, 82, of Avoca passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Avoca, July 17, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Rita (Farrell) Russavage.

Joan was a lifelong member of Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, Avoca. She was a 1957 graduate of Avoca High School. She worked in the local garment industry for many years and was also employed at Topps Chewing Gum, Duryea. She retired from LaFratte’s Restaurant, Pittston. Joan was an active member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 8335, Avoca.


Joan loved collecting angels, but, most of all, she loved spending time surrounded by family and friends. Joan was there for every milestone and major event cheering us on. She always looked forward to spending her summers at “the river” where she was affectionately known as “The River Queen”. Joan was blessed with the gift of gab and made friends wherever she went. We will miss her sense of humor and the hours we spent listening to her stories. She is our angel now. We will miss her forever.


In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Mary Russavage and her nephew Ronald Tokach.


She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Paul Dolman; her children Mary Costello and husband Dr. Joseph Costello and her son Paul P.J. Dolman; grandchildren Megan Costello, Esq. and her husband Kevin Sylvester, Kayla Gupta and her husband Ankur Gupta, Claire Dolman and Grace Dolman; and her great-grandchild Aidan Gupta. Also surviving are her sister Carol Tokach and her husband Ronald Tokach, her godchild Carolyn Tokach and many nieces and nephews.


A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, January 31, 2022, at 10:00am at Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca with Fr. Phillip Sladicka officiating. Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avoca. Family and friends that are attending the services are strongly encouraged to abide by the CDC guidelines, to take precautions, and wear a facial mask when entering the church.


Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.



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