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Joann Elizabeth Zechmeister Obituary


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“My memories with Joann go back to Jr. Hi, memories that still reflect as one who was fun-loving, always enjoying the moment, which today are a lesson...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Don Mort - Ouray, CO

“I am Joanne's companion-Max Read-daughter. I knew her for most of my life. After all is said and done, she was there for my Father until he died....Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Laura Read Ostertag - FL

“Even though we had not seen each other since graduation, we lived on the same street growing up and boy we had a lot of fun. May you now be pain free...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: James D. Jackson - Berlin, NH

“Aunt Joann, Neal loved your wink the other day...keep winking and tell Mom-mom and Mom/Nanny we miss them and love them and give them big hugs...We...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Kellers - lebanon, PA

“Mom told me that one day in heaven is as 100 years on earth. So, we'll see you tomorrow. We all love you and miss you. God Bless. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: David, Tricia, and Family - Joppa, MD

“Joann is a very lovely lady. I enjoyed getting to know her recently. Prayers are with you all. ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: Alicia Holden - Waynesboro, PA

“We had a lot of good times and shared a lot of laughs. We will miss you Aunt Jo. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Ritchie & Jennifer Warner - PA


Ms. Joann E. (Messner) Zechmeister, 73 of 123 Hamilton Avenue, Waynesboro, PA and a guest of Manorcare Health Services, Chambersburg for a short time, entered into eternal rest at 10:25 A.M. Wednesday, January 18, 2012 in the nursing home following a short illness. She was born on January 30, 1938 in Waynesboro; she was the daughter of the late John J. and Mary Evelyn (Ruth) Messner. Ms. Zechmeister graduated from Waynesboro Senior High School with the class of 1956. Joann served in the United States Army during peacetime, serving in Germany. Following her discharge from the military, she moved to Hopkinsville, KY, living in that area for 40 years. Ms. Zechmeister moved back to Waynesboro in 2003. While living in Hopkinsville, she managed a pawn shop and eventually owning and operated the same shop. She retired in 2003. She was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Waynesboro and the national AARP. She is survived by one sister, Margaret B. "Peggy" Warner of Waynesboro and six nephews, and a number of great-nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her companion, Max Reed, and one sister, Mary B. Keller. A celebration of her life will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 21, 2012 in St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 112 East Second Street, Waynesboro with Mother Linda Watkins officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Family will receive friends one hour prior to services in the church. The family request the omission of flowers, and contributions may be made to the Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.bowersoxfuneralhomes.com Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

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