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JoAnne Patricia Van Ness

JoAnne Patricia Van Ness, 60, of Duryea passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Allied Skilled Nursing Center, Scranton. She was born in Duryea on September 23, 1961 and was the daughter of the late Clarence and Lois Sullivan Van Ness.

JoAnne was an active member of the Brick United Methodist Church, Duryea. She was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, class of 1980. She also attended the Empire Beauty Academy. JoAnne worked at various local establishments in food service and health care. She was active with her church where she would design and produce the Sunday bulletin each week. She volunteered her time with the Excelsior Hose Company, Duryea and with the Hughestown Girls Softball League. JoAnne was also a member of the Old Forge Drum and Bugle Corps, and an avid fan of Penn State Football. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.


In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son Jay Van Ness.


She is survived by her daughter Chelsea and her wife Hailey Van Ness, of Duryea; her companion of 25 years, Ronald Gray; sisters: Kimberly Van Ness, of Duryea and Karen Morales, of Duryea; and her brother Clarence Van Ness, of Duryea. Also surviving are her niece, Lauren Ward, nephew Michael Van Ness, great nephew Carter Ward and great niece Ellie Ward.


Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 8, 2022, at 10:00am at the Brick United Methodist Church, 935 Foote Ave., Duryea, with Rev. Sharon Dietz officiating. Friends may call on Sunday, August 7th from 2pm-4pm at Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. Interment will be held at the Marcy Cemetery, Duryea.


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