JoAnn R. Burke, 89, of Towanda, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully at the
Skilled Nursing Unit at Towanda Memorial Hospital in Towanda PA on Tuesday,
July 2, 2019. She was born September 12, 1929 in Towanda, PA, the
daughter of the late LeRoy Robbins and Mildred Groesbeck Robbins Stull.
JoAnn graduated from Towanda High School in 1948.
She was employed as Supervisor and then Chief Operator for Commonwealth
Telephone Company in Towanda for 30 years. In later years, she was employed
as an office receptionist for Dr. James P. Noone for five years.
She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Towanda PA, where she
served as challis bearer for several years and thoroughly enjoyed
participating in the Annual Bazaars there. She will be warmly remembered and
deeply missed by her family and friends for her generous heart, a dry sense
of humor which would always bring on a belly laugh and her pleasant smile.
She adored dogs; having several throughout her life, that took a piece of
her heart; most recently, Zeke, her faithful dog and companion. JoAnn was an
avid reader and loved to cook, crochet, knit and especially enjoyed going
She is survived by the light of her life; John Boyle of Oklahoma; three
Len E. Ennis, M.D. Jon Robin Ennis and Jeremy E. Ennis; two nieces; Conaley
J. Visneski and Angelique M.Heigle. Also surviving is her nephew Gary W.
Visneski and her great-niece, Paige E. Bitting, both of whom she adored. She
will be greatly missed by many good friends; especially, Brigette Callear
and Lee Baker who faithfully and selflessly cared for her in recent years.
In addition to her parents, JoAnn was preceded in death by one sister;
Constance M. Ennis and her brother-in-law Leo E. Ennis.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of JoAnn's Life to
be held at Christ Episcopal Church 1 Main Street Towanda PA on Saturday,
July 13, 2019 at 5:00 PM with her pastor the Reverend Canon Maureen AtLee
Hipple officiating. Burial will be private in the Faithful Companions Pet
Cemetery East Smithfield PA In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be made in JoAnn's memory to the Central Susquehanna Community
Foundation to support the Ennis-Visneski Scholarship Fund for Youth 725 W.
Front Street Berwick PA 18603 or Stray Haven 94 Shepard Road Waverly NY
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 W.
Mahoning Street, Danville, PA 17821. www.visneski.com