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Wednesday December 21st, 2016
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St. Columba Catholic Church
Thursday December 22nd, 2016

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Joan Mary Fait

Joan M. Fait, age 87, formerly of First Street, Bloomsburg (Almedia) passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Joan was born on June 29, 1929 in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of the late James and Josephine (Fallatico) Jacomo. She graduated from St. Cecelia High School, Englewood, in 1947. She was in the secretarial curriculum where she became skilled in typing and shorthand. Joan enjoyed telling people that one of her teachers at St. Cecelia's was the legendary football coach, Vince Lombardi.

While in high school she was a member of the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. After graduation, Joan took a job as a secretary in New York City. She married Edward B. Fait on January 21, 1950 and they remained together for 62 years until his death on January 6, 2012. After her marriage, Joan left the secretarial field and worked in her father-in-laws grocery store in Hackensack, New Jersey .

In 1955 she and her family relocated to Bloomsburg where she lived until her husband's death. She lived in Selinsgrove for one year with her son and his family before entering Nottingham Village Northumberland.

After taking time off to raise her children, Joan was employed at J. C. Penney's in Bloomsburg and later at Bloomsburg University in  food service, retiring in 1992.

Joan loved to bake and was able to work in the bakery department at Bloomsburg University for several years. After her retirement she made chocolate candy for her friends and family. Her candy was especially popular during the Christmas season. She loved to go shopping, especially with her daughter and daughters-in-law, buying gifts for her grandchildren.

Joan was totally devoted to her children and grandchildren and always put them first. She was there when her children needed her no matter how busy or tired she was. Her typing skills were often taken advantage of  by them when a term paper or other school assignment needed to be typed. She never missed an opportunity to go see her grandchildren participate in sports or other activities. She enjoyed traveling and made numerous trips to Walt Disney World. Her whole life Joan enjoyed reading novels. She also loved to write and  won several amateur writing contests sponsored by the Press Enterprise newspaper in Bloomsburg.

Joan was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, Bloomsburg.  She was active at her Church, participating in the Catholic Daughters and helping with fund raising activities. She was a member of TOPS in Bloomsburg for many years. Joan was a social person and enjoyed talking to people. She loved going out for breakfast with friends each week. She also volunteered at Maria Joseph Manor in Danville. During her years at Nottingham Village she participated daily in  all the  activities.

Joan is survived by two sons and one daughter: Edward J. Fait, and his wife Deborah, Selinsgrove; William A. Fait, and his wife Lynn, Danville; Patricia A.,  wife of John  Feichtel, Mechanicsburg; nine grandchildren: Kyle, Corey, Colin, Nick and Ben Fait; Katelyn Emory and her husband Chris, Cecelia, Clarissa and Brittany Feichtel;  and a sister, Carole Seyffer, Waldwick, New Jersey. Joan will be missed by all those who loved her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 1 p. m. in St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron St., Bloomsburg, by her pastor, Monsignor Robert E. Lawrence. Interment will be in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy. Friends may call on Wednesday from 7-9 p. m,. at the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg. A Christian Wake service will be held at 8:30 p. m.

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Your mother and father were so dear to me. Joan and Ed opened their home to me as a haven when times at home were difficult and sincerely cared for and encouraged me. To say I will miss her is an understatement - I send my prayers for Christ to comfort you and your families. So sorry I missed the service.

Cindy Whitfield Litterer Dec 23 2016 12:00 AM

I was saddened to hear of the passing of your mom. I remember her as such a sweet person! You will be in my thoughts, on Sunday in particular. I know Christmas will not be the same without her. Send an email when you have a chance. I would love to catch up with you.
Love to you and your family,

Kara FrostClapp Dec 23 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to all of you.. it is never an easy time .. harder around a holiday.. remember the good times you shared

Don and Mary K Dec 21 2016 12:00 AM

Joan was a wonderful lady who was loved by everyone in Heather Court at Nottingham Village. She always had a story, smile, or thank-you to share with friends, staff and family. Joan was a very pleasant person and she was always more concerned about others than herself. We will miss Joan very much in the days ahead, but we treasure many wonderful memories of her. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fait family during this difficult time. May God comfort you and help you find peace.

Joan Rebuck Family Dec 21 2016 12:00 AM

I am very sorry to learn of your loss. I remember Joan from the time she spent with Bloomsburg Univeristy's food service. She was always upbeat and friendly. She could make a bad day go better. My prayers are with your family.

Joe Ardizzi Dec 20 2016 12:00 AM

I remember your mother with great fondness. Please be assured of my prayerful support. May Jesus' promise of eternal life bring you comfort and may his love embrace you in your sorrow.

Father Chet Snyder, Mechanicsburg Dec 19 2016 12:00 AM

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So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family

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