JoAnn C. Rhoades, 72, passed away peacefully at 8:51am, Wednesday, Sept. 18 at IU Ball Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. She was born in Johnstown, PA on January 16, 1947 to John C. and Cozy M. Robinson. She grew up in Williamsport, and was educated in Williamsport Public Schools graduating from Williamsport High School in 1964.
She furthered her education by attending Temple University Nursing School, Philadelphia, graduating in 1967. She worked in the Psychiatric Unit at Temple University Hospital from 1967 to 1970, when she became a general medical nurse at Hahnemann North, Philadelphia.
JoAnn married Robert C. Rhoades July 18, 1970 and celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in July.
Mrs. Rhoades advanced her education by attending Ball State University, Muncie, IN where she received a Bachelor of Social Work graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1999. She also received the Outstanding Senior Departmental Award from the Department of Social Work at Ball State University. In her passion for helping others, she began her work at Lifestream Services in Yorktown and continued her career at Head Start Action, Inc., of Muncie. She retired from Head Start in 2009.
JoAnn is preceded in death by her parents, John and Cozy Robinson; two daughters, Lori Jeanette and Tiffany Marie.
JoAnn leaves to carry on her legacy, her husband Robert, affectionately known as “Rhoades”; one sister, Judith Ann Robinson (Charles) Lewis of Upper Marlboro, MD, one brother, John C. (Robin) Robinson, Jr. of Williamsport; two children; Robyn (Gary) Moore, Muncie, IN and Chris (Mari) Rhoades of Louisville, KY; five grandchildren, Hush VanOrden, Quentin Thompson, Victoria Thompson, Katelynn Short, and Christopher Rhoades along with a host of Muncie, IN family and extended family.
Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10:00am to 11:00am at Maneval Allen Redmond Cremation & Funeral Home, Williamsport. Burial with a graveside service will follow at Wildwood Cemetery with Reverend Doctor Maria Williams-Hawkins officiating.
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