Joanne Garabedian passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016 at her home. She was 73. Born in Luzerne County, Pa, daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (nee George) Gallagher, she was raised in Bristol and has been a resident of Newportville, Pa for over 40 years. Mrs. Garabedian had a great passion for teaching and taught for many years at St. Joseph the Worker School in Fallsington. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren and home schooled her grand-daughter, Makenzy, for Religious education. Joanne was a member of St. Mark Alumni Association and enjoyed spending time at her Florida home.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Mark Garabedian, her loving children, Helena Williams (Frank), Allison Deitch and Tara Portney. She will be sadly missed by her grandchildren, Daniel Deitch, Lauren Good and Makenzy Portney, her sisters, Dr. Barbara Gallagher (Harald Eide), Kathleen Gallagher (Lou Feldman), Margaret Lewis (Richard), Michelle Ricca (Jim) and Patricia McCourt along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Patrick Gallagher.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Friday, October 21, 2016, 11:00am at St. Mark Church, Bristol Borough. Interment, private. Friends may call Friday, 9-10:45am at the Wade Funeral Home, 1002 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, Bristol Borough. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Kidney Fund @www.kidneyfund.org.