Johanna Viola (Goeckler) (Joey) Ezell

Johanna V. Ezell Johanna (Joey) Viola (Goeckler) Ezell, 73, died at the Menno Haven Retirement Community on August 26, 2013. She was born February 18, 1940, to Willard Goeckler and Mildred (Chapman) Goeckler in Philadelphia, Pa. She earned BA and MA degrees from Temple University, an MLS from Drexel University and pursued a PhD degree at the University of Maryland. She worked as a professional librarian for more than 30 years, including roles with the Hagerstown Library, Montgomery County Community College and 24 years as the Head Librarian at Penn State Mont Alto. While at Penn State, she served as the campus representative to the Faculty Senate in State College, as a member of the Promotion and Tenure Committee, and as co-InterimDean of Academic Affairs at the Mont Alto Campus. She encouraged the arts on campus by establishing Coffeehouse arts events and holding exhibits and artist receptions in the library. An amateur winemaker, she taught a continuing education class in wine tasting at Mont Alto, which evolved into the Wine Tasters Group which met and tasted regularly for 20 years. Her passion for theatre began early, and as a teen, she acted in productions at the Germantown Theatre Guild and Plays and Players in Philadelphia and the highly acclaimed Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, Ca. During the 1980s, she toured in a one-woman production of The Belle of Amherst and in a play about Amelia Earhart titled I, Amelia, which she also wrote. She continued acting locally, appearing in several roles at the Totem Pole Playhouse, including Mrs. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol. She acted in and directed many shows with the Chambersburg Community Theatre, including a memorable flight as Peter Pan in its production of that musical. She loved teaching acting to young people and ran the first Shakespeare in the Park camp at Totem Pole Playhouse in 1996. An enthusiastic traveler, her passport was stamped in more than a dozen countries. Favorite destinations included Florence, London, Israel's Negev Desert, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Joey is survived by her daughter, Alison Ezell; former husband, Richard Ezell; brother, Billy Goeckler and his wife Karen Goeckler; nieces, Robin Pining, Holly Goeckler and Kristine Goeckler, and nephew David Goeckler and their families; her beloved cat Falstaff; and many dear friends. Memorial donations may be made in her honor to the Chambersburg Community Theatre, P.O. Box 92, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, PA 17201-0092 or the Penn State University Student Hardship Fund, Penn State Mont Alto, Development Office, 1 Campus Drive, Mont Alto, PA 17237, attn: Randall Ackerman. A private family service has been planned. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, Pa. Online condolences may be made on her Book of Memories page at

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Published in Public Opinion on Sept. 6, 2013