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Schuylkill County Obituaries

Joanne Maloney, 88 – Worked for Bell Telephone Co.

Joanne Maloney, 88, of Ashland, passed away Sunday June 21st, at the Broad Mountain Nursing Center, Frackville, where the staff lovingly called her Fudgie and Joanie.

Born in Ashland, July 18, 1931, she was the daughter of the late William and Helen Peifer Wewer.

She was a graduate of the former Ashland High School, class of 1949.

Joanne was a member of the former Saint Mauritius Roman Catholic Church, now the Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, Ashland.  She was employed as a telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Company and later worked at the former Flash Discount Store of Ashland as a clerk.

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Her passion was playing Bingo with her sister Marie and her friend Midge at St. Joe’s Hall every Friday night.  She was a book worm and loved reading, playing tennis, helping the elderly, and bowling. Active in local elections, she worked the election board in Ashland.

Preceding her in death was her husband, James Maloney, passing in 1971, sisters, Dorothy Narcovich, Marie Kitsock, and a brother William Wewer.


Daughter:  Catherine wife of Michael Pizzoli, Atlas

Daughter:  Jolene Kenneff, Ashland

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Son:  James Maloney and his wife Denise, Ashland

Sister:  Janet Madden, her twin sister, who lovingly called each other “Honey Bunch”, and her husband Larry

Sister in law:  Betty Wewer, Mechanicsburg

Grandchildren:  Michael Pizzoli, Jesse and Jason Derr, Nieces and Nephews

As per restrictions associated with Covid 19, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Charles Borromeo Church, Ashland. Private interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Centralia.  Visit  The Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.

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