Joy Ann Landmesser, 48, daughter of the late William P. and late Rosemound Hearn Landmesser of Bear Creek Township, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.
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Born in Laurel Run on July 13, 1964 she was a 1985 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School at the age of 21. The highlight of her high school career was that she along with her other special education classmates made a complete Thanksgiving meal for their parents and family members.
Joy was a client of United Rehabilitation Services, Wilkes-Barre, until her failing eyesight prompted her to retire in 2010 after almost 25 years.
She attended the Aktion Club sponsored by the Wilkes-Barre Kiwanis Club, and served as president for one term. She also participated in the Special Olympics, winning medals in track, swimming and bowling. She participated in the ARC Choraliers, and Arts YOUniverse, selling her crafts in the Fine Arts Fiesta.
She loved to travel with her family; visiting many of the national parks including, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Glacier Bay, Williamsburg and many others. She traveled by car, train, plane and ship.
An avid sports fan, she enjoyed attending Duke University basketball games and Phillies and Cincinnati Reds baseball games as well as her nieces and nephews' Little League baseball, softball, football and soccer games.
She enjoyed music of all kinds and attended many operas and Broadway plays. She loved dancing and was the life of any party she attended, including many given by the Parents of Special People and URS.
She was an active member of the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, singing in the choir and helping with the children's programs and Vacation Bible School.
Joy touched the lives of everyone she met and truly lived up to her name. She was a "JOY" to all who knew her.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her godfather, Griffith George; great-nephew, Logan Joseph Panaway; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Joy is survived by her brothers, William and his wife, Beth, Indian Lake; Nelson G. and his partner, Lisa Aimone, Exton; Drew and his wife, Fawn Ring, Chicago; Lee and his wife, Roxanne, Bear Creek Township; sister, Molly and her fiance, David S. Cybuck, with whom she resided; godmother, Alice G. George, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family would like to thank Caregivers America, who provided companions and aides to make Joy's life a little brighter.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, 3835 Laurel Run Road, Wilkes-Barre. Services will be conducted by the Rev. George Kropp, pastor. Interment will be in Mount Greenwood Cemetery, Shavertown.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, or the ARC of Luzerne County, 67 Public Square, Suite 1020, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.eblakecollins.com.
E. Blake Collins Funeral Home
159 George Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2012