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Schuylkill County Obituaries

Joan Irene Wassel, 86 – Textiles Worker, PTA President

Joan Irene Wassel, 86, of Pottsville and formerly of Tamaqua, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in Pottsville.

The best mother, gram, mam, and wife anybody could ever have, she was the wife of the late John A. Wassel, Sr. who died on May 13, 1988.

Born in Delano on December 11, 1933, Joan was a daughter of the late George and Irene (nee Levy) Maurer.

A 1952 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School, she worked for the former Woolworths, Tamaqua, the Kiddie Kloes, Tami Sportswear, and several other textile factories. Joan was a member of the former Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and currently a member of The Parish of St. John XXIII.

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She was a past president of the Ditchburn School PTA and an honorary member of the Democratic Club.

Joan is survived by daughter, Elaine J. Goho and her husband Richard of Wildcat Mountain, Tamaqua; sons, John “Jack” Wassel and his companion Kelly Knepper of Tamaqua and Corey Wassel and his wife Cristal of South Tamaqua; son-in-law, Jim Davis; grandchildren, Shawn, Karen, Lisa, Kayla, Hunter, Cheyann, Jim and Barry; 12 great grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Cindy Davis in January 2020 and sisters, Margie Lincovich and Ruth Nester. She was the last member of her immediate family.

Services are private at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.

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