We are all saddened by the recent passing of our mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Joan A. Toombs on Monday, October 1, 2012. She was born in Erie, Pa. on June 14, 1926, daughter of the late Steven and Antoinette Marsh Maciejewski. Joan was a graduate of Academy High School and waitressed at Clarks Restaurant, Lakeview Tavern, and Ricardo's Restaurants until her retirement. While at Clark's Restaurant, she met the love of her life, the late Allan "Al" Toombs with whom she shared a fun-filled and loving marriage for 36 years before his passing in May 1983. Joan was an avid Catholic and a founding member of Mount Calvary Church. Always thinking of others more than herself, she was an active volunteer with church, school and Boys Scouts. Joan loved crafts, cooking/baking, gardening, 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles and spent countless hours raising not only her own children, but helping with two generations of grand and great-grandchildren as well. Besides her parents and loving husband, Joan was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Pons, Clara Langowski and Dorothy Jackson; and brothers, Walter, Stanley, Edward and Robert March.Joan is survived by three children, sons Dennis (Connie) of Derry, N.H. and Donald Toombs of Erie, and daughter, Carol Wiertel (Frank) of Erie; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Robert and Laurie Toombs, Bradley (Kristen), Matthew, Michael and Amanda Wiertel; two great-grandchildren, Allan and Nicholas Wiertel; siblings, Virginia Jones of Albuquerque, N.M. and Esther Malloy of Harborcreek; her brother-in-law, John Jackson of Cincinnati, Ohio; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road on Thursday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there on Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Mt. Calvary Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m.Interment, Gate of Heaven Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Calvary Catholic Church, 2022 East Lake Rd., Erie, PA 16511 or
, 823 Filmore Ave., Erie, PA 16505. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com.
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Dusckas Funeral Home - East Side
2607 Buffalo Road
Erie, PA 16510
Published in the Erie Times-News on Oct. 3, 2012