April 1, 2014
Joan R. Barowski Perrong, 74, a former Shenandoah businesswoman, passed away Tuesday morning at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Born in Shenandoah, Nov. 12, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Julius and Elsie Dombrowski Barowski.
She was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.
Joan was the proprietor of the former Jay-Bar, Shenandoah, until her retirement in 1992.
As a businesswoman, Joan was civically involved in the community. She was a member of the Planning Commission, the Citizens Advisory Committee and a former treasurer of the HUD Community Development Block Grant, all for the Borough of Shenandoah.
She was a member of the Shenandoah Valley PTA, Task Force and a member of the Shenandoah Valley School District Long Range Planning Advisory Board and a board member of Shenandoah Area Free Public Library.
In support of her sons, she held past offices in midget football and the Babe Ruth Baseball League and was a volunteer for the Shenandoah Little League.
Joan was a member of St. Casimir Church and the Polish Ladies Social Club, both of Shenandoah.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Leo F. Perrong, who died Dec. 14, 1981; and an infant son at birth.
Surviving are three sons, Dean Perrong and his wife, Karen, Shenandoah, Craig Perrong and his wife, Elizabeth "Beth," Ringtown, and Scott Perrong and his wife, Jessica, Shenandoah; four grandchildren, Leo Perrong, Jason Burke, Lloyd George and Kayla Perrong; two brothers, Edward Barowski and his wife, Roberta, Shenandoah Heights, and Robert Barowski, Mahanoy City; a sister, Dorothy Mattes, Ringtown; nieces, nephews, cousins and her faithful Bichon-Yorkie, "Chewy."
Prayer and scripture services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Casimir Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, is in charge of the arrangements. To leave a condolence for the family, visit www.woffuneralhome.com