Joann M. (Kocher) Balschi, age 84, of 729 Hookies Grove Road, Northumberland, died early Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she was a patient.
Born in Danville on June 23, 1936 a daughter of the late Ross A. and Dorothy E. (Everett) Kocher. She was a 1954 graduate of Danville High School.
Her early life was spent in Danville and she then resided in Riverside for many years. In 2003 she moved to her present home in Point Township, Northumberland County.
Joann was last employed parttime at Beiter’s Department Store in Danville from1995 to 2016. Earlier she was employed as a secretary by Danville State Hospital, TRW, Inc., Johansen Construction at Merck, Inc.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Northumberland. An active member of the Danville Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, she also belonged to the Past Matrons & Past Patrons Association of District 22 and also was a Past District Deputy Grandmatron of District 22.
Joann was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph (Pappy) Shannon, on Sept. 19, 1995; by two brothers: Harold F. Kocher on Nov. 21, 1985 and Ross Raymond Kocher on April 27, 2006; and by a nephew Mark A. Kocher on April 13, 1988.
Surviving is her husband, Stephen J. Balschi, Jr., with whom she observed 17 years of marriage on April 4, 2020; two nieces, Cheryl A. Scott, Drums and Lynn R. Fine, Mountaintop; a nephew, Kerry A. Kocher, Wilkes-Barrer; a step son, Stephen J. Balschi, III and his wife Michele, Cartersville, Ga.; three step-grandchildren: Dustin Joseph Balschi, Achworth, Ga., Kristin, wife of Matthew Howell, Achworth, Ga. and Daniel Balschi, and his wife Becky, Achworth, Ga. and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p. m. in the Roat-Kriner Funeral Home, 1133 Bloom Road, Danville, with her Pastor, Leslie Halchak officiating. Private interment will be made in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville. Friends will be received from 1-2 p. m.
The family will provide flowers. Memorials may be sent to Trinity United Methodist Church, Northumberland, Pa 17857.
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