MANLIUS – Joan Marie (Raiber) Bishop, 81, of Manlius, passed away peacefully on Sunday (Nov. 11, 2012), at Crouse Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
Born on July 8, 1931, in Salamanca, she was a graduate of Salamanca High School and Jamestown Business College. A beloved member of the Manlius United Methodist Church, she shared her talents singing in the choir and playing piano. She enjoyed camping, knitting, picnics, and playing games with her friends and family.
Joan was predeceased by her parents, Ivan and Bessie (Townsend) Proctor and Glenn Raiber; a granddaughter, Jennifer Coons; a son-in-law, James Coons; and Uncle Mel and Auntie Elva Townsend.
Surviving are daughters, Jana (Barry) Haas of Des Plaines, Ill., Julia Coons of Middlebury, Vt., Diana (Bruce) Cordes of Cazenovia and Linda (Joseph) Hernandez of Liverpool; 14 grandchildren, three great-granddaughters; and a special cousin Richard "Mike" (Karen) Townsend.
Joan's life was a testimony to her Christian faith. She attributed the two-year extension of her life with Leukemia to the power of prayer. Her strength, determination, talents, insight, wisdom, generosity, playfulness, and unconditional love were an inspiration and have now become her legacy. To God Be the Glory!
A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday (Nov. 23, 2012), at the Manlius United Methodist Church, with time to greet the family immediately following.
A graveside service will be Saturday (Nov. 24, 2012) at 2 p.m. in Green Cemetery, Great Valley, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to United Methodist Church, Wesley St., Manlius, N.Y. 13104. Visit taitfuneralhome.com for more information.
Published in The Salamanca Press from Nov. 20 to Dec. 19, 2012