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Joan Starns Sirchia was a dedicated woman of faith who was devoted to her church and family. She was the kind of mother, mother-in-law, and maw-maw who would do anything for you. From canning and freezing all the vegetables her husband grew in his garden to preparing delicious meals for her family, she was always busy caring for others. She took pride in her work and enjoyed the years she spent working. She equally enjoyed caring for her grandchildren. Her selflessness and caring were felt by all who love her. When her health necessitated she quit driving, she used the funds from the sale of her car to take a trip that included her first plane ride. She loved being able to travel, and that adventure was special for her. She loved baseball and was able to travel to Houston to see the Braves play the Astros on more than one occasion. While she was a hard worker, she did take time for herself on occasion. It was common to see her take a Sunday afternoon nap on the sofa in front of the TV. She loved ice cream and often finished the day with a nice bowl to end the evening. She was an amazing woman who means the world to us, and we will greatly miss her physical presence in our lives.

Joan Starns Sirchia was a resident of Independence where she lived for most of her life; however, she spent the last several years as a resident of Landmark Nursing Center of Hammond where the staff loved and adored her. The descriptions given by staff members of her personality demonstrate her feisty spirit and strength. She enjoyed her bingo games and afternoon coffee. Joan Starns Sirchia passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at Landmark Nursing Center of Hammond. She just celebrated her 88th birthday on Saturday, May 29, 2021. The family will welcome those who would like to pay their respects on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, with the funeral service at 12:00 PM and the entombment following at Colonial Mausoleum, Independence.

Joan Starns Sirchia is survived by an only son, Joseph M. Sirchia (Jennifer), Independence; five grandchildren: Brandy C. Sirchia Huguet (Heith), Jasmyne S. Wilson (Chris), Margaurite M. Sirchia, Joseph M. Sirchia, II, and Mikayla S. Campbell; five great-grandchildren, Emerson J. Huguet, Eden R. Huguet, Jace R. V. Wilson, Ryder J. Granger, and Maddix J. Granger; and brother, Ellis Starns as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John Vincent Sirchia; brothers, Joseph E. Starns, Jr. and L. D. Starns and a sister, Lois Starns; and her parents, Joseph E. Starns and Johnnie Morgan Starns.