WILLIAMSPORT - Joanne L. Kunze, 88, of Williamsport passed away on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center Danville.
Born March 7, 1931 in Sunbury, she was a daughter of the late Charles R. and Anna A. (Hyman) Snyder.
Joanne was a 1949 graduate of Williamsport High School and attended Kutztown State and Lycoming College for degrees in Education. She was employed by the South Williamsport Area School District as an art teacher for 25 years until retirement. Joanne was a lifetime member of the National Education Association and the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
Joanne had a love for all things art related; she could often be found painting, sewing, making stained glass, and pottery. She had a talent for watercolor painting and her artwork has been placed in many exhibits throughout the years. Joanne was always a teacher, offering natural medicine and remedies to fellow friends and neighbors. Later in life she enjoyed the friendships and time spent while living at the Williamsport Home Apartments. She will be remembered for her sparkly-outgoing personality, giving spirit and the famous “Grammy Kunze” dance.
She is survived by her two children, Jacqueline Carson of Chester, Va., and Joni Ward of Williamsport; four step-children, Robert C. Kunze of Chicago, Il., Cynthia Ann Zay of Williamsport, Stephen R. Kunze of Harrisburg, and Kurtis J. Kunze, of Williamsport; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great- grandchildren; and a sister Audrey Jane Newton (Wayne), of Montoursville.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Kunze and son, Eric Judy.
Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made in Joanne’s name to Central Elementary c/o PTO 555 West Mountain Avenue, South Williamsport, PA 17702.
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