JoAn Lenfest Buzzell (1923 - 2017)

  • "I am so sorry to hear of your loss Billie,Joe and my dear..."
  • "Joe & Billie, So sorry for your loss, thinking of you."
    - David & Nancy Fleury
  • "My condolences to the Buzzell family. May God comfort you..."
    - Ann
  • "I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of true comfort..."
  • "I am so sorry to hear of your loss. "God is a refuge and..."
    - Janet

JoAn Buzzell, 93, died at Riverside Assisted Living in Soldotna, Alaska on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017.

She was born JoAn Edith Lenfest on Sept. 19, 1923 in Wakefield, Massachusetts to Gladys Ring Lenfest and Maurice Lenfest.

A brief graveside service will be held 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2016 at Soldotna Community Memorial Park. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m at Riverside Assisted Living, 390 Lovers Lane, Soldotna, AK.

After high school graduation, her family moved to Maine, where she attended hairdresser school. She owned JoAn's Beauty Shop in Winthrop for many years, employing up to five operators.

She married William D. Snow, and when he returned with the U.S. Marines from the Pacific after WWII, they had a daughter, Billie. After they divorced, JoAn married Harvey E. Buzzell in 1947, who had served as an army radioman in Europe. In 1950 they welcomed a son, Craig.

JoAn was a perfect example of the Yankee work ethic. She helped run the family farm, knitted beautiful sweaters, cooked wonderful meals and desserts, and lent a hand whenever friends needed one. She was a member of Gospel Hall Assembly in North Augusta, Maine, and later Anchorage Christian Assembly and Kenai Bible Chapel in Alaska.

The couple moved to Kenai, Alaska in 1977, three years after Billie and Joe Hardy relocated, in order to be near their grandchildren. JoAn worked for Alaska Aeronautical Industries at the Kenai Airport and later lived and volunteered at the Vintage Pointe Manor after Harvey had passed away in 2002.

JoAn leaves many friends across the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings David and Paul Lenfest, and Audrey Buzzell; her husband, Harvey; and niece Carolyn Campbell.

She is survived by daughter Billie Hardy (Joe); son Craig Buzzell (Debbie); grandson Scott Hardy (Pamela); granddaughter Shanon Davis (Jason); five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

JoAn lived at Riverside Assisted Living for three years. She was proud to tell friends that her son-in-law, Joe, was the construction supervisor of the beautiful facility. Family thanks the staff who always made her last months happy and comfortable.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit or sign her online guestbook at
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 8, 2017