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Joann Whelpley Baltes

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Joann Whelpley Baltes, age 82, of Erie, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital.

She was born on December 24, 1931, a daughter of the late Herbert and Harriet Andrews Whelpley.

Joann was a graduate of Saint Benedict Academy. She enjoyed many years of service to both of the local Girl Scout and Boy Scout councils. She was a 2-bead Wood Badge participant, and was awarded the Silver Fawn by the Boy Scouts of America, for her outstanding contributions to scouting. She was a past President of the Saint Vincent Auxiliary, and served on many occasions as chairperson for the hospital's annual "Festival of Trees." She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, where she served many years as a volunteer with their food pantry. She enjoyed many of the musicals put on at the Erie Playhouse, camping with her young family, as well as the extensive traveling she did with her husband, upon his retirement.

She is survived by her husband, James Baltes, two daughters, Mary Jo Sekerak (Jim) of Spartansburg, Pa., and Barb Pontoriero (Orie) of Germany, four sons, Rick Baltes, Tom Baltes (Dawn) and Bob Baltes (Diane), all of Erie and David Baltes (Sunny) of California, two sisters, Patricia and Janet, eleven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Friends may call at the Francis V. Kloecker Funeral Home, Inc., 2502 Sassafras St., Erie, PA 16502, on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and are invited to the Funeral Mass on Monday, at Sacred Heart Church, at 10 a.m. Send condolences to www.kloeckerfuneralhome.com.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Food Pantry, 816 West 26th St., Erie, PA 16508.

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Published in the Erie Times-News on June 28, 2014
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