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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.