Joah Yonelunas Bahl, 84, of West Wyoming passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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She was born June 2, 1929, in Pittston, a daughter of the late Constantine and Rosella Valinas Yonelunas.
Joan grew up in Falls and graduated from West Pittston High School, Class of 1947. She spent most of her life raising her family in West Wyoming.
In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, in 1999; her sister, Violet Bainbridge, in 2000; and her grandson, Michael Emerick, in 2004.
She is survived by her children, Joseph Bahl, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and his daughters, Johanna and Julia; Anne Emerick, Chester Springs, and her husband, Gerard, and son, Matthew; Thomas Bahl, Grand Rapids, Mich., and his parter, Tylor Devereaux, and son, Logan; John Bahl, Perkasie, and his wife, Teri, and their children, Joshua, Adam and Leah; and Mark Bahl, West Wyoming.
She will be remembered by her sisters-in-law, Nancy Coskey and Carol Gallo; her "favorite" brother-in-law, Ron Gallo; nieces and nephews; and her lifelong best friend, Kathleen Black Palum Martinelli.
Joan was an avid reader, gardener, bird enthusiast and animal lover.
The funeral will be held at 8:45 a.m. Thursday from Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. by the Rev. Leo McKernan in St. Monica's Church, Eighth Street, West Wyoming.
Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, Joan requested that donations be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Published in Citizens' Voice on July 23, 2013