Joan Lay (McGowan) Kuntz

Joan Lay (McGowan) Kuntz, 79, of Carlisle, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at Chapel Pointe in Carlisle.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1940, in Upper Mifflin Township, and was a daughter of the late Walter James McGowan and Mary Ruth (Lay) McGowan.

Joan graduated from Big Spring High School with the Class of 1958, and earned her LPN degree in 1959 from the former Carlisle Hospital School of Practical Nursing.

She was named LPN of the year in 1999 at the former Carlisle Hospital.  Joan retired in 2006 from the former Carlisle Regional Medical Center.

After retirement, Joan worked for Visiting Angels until 2014.  Joan touched the lives of many people as a nurse and elderly caregiver with her kind and generous ways and contagious smile.

Joan enjoyed working in the yard, spending family vacations at Rehoboth Beach, outlet shopping with friends and bird watching.

She attended Carlisle First Church of God.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Cornelius F. Kuntz Jr.; her children; Keith and wife, Pat, Kuntz of Newville, Karen and husband, John, Bueche of Avon Lake, Ohio, and Kathy Weigle of Newville and her companion, Don Ward; one sister, Doris Robinson of Carlisle; one brother, John McGowan of Shippensburg; five grandchildren, Tabatha Weigle, Chase Weigle, Jeffrey Kuntz, Jared Kuntz and Gwendolyn Bueche; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Coyle; and brother, Paul McGowan.

A visitation was held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, followed by funeral services at 1:30 p.m. in the Carlisle First Church of God, 705 Glendale St., Carlisle, Pa. 17013, with Pastor R. Bruce Henneman officiating.

Burial was in Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle.  Memorial contributions in Joan’s name may be made to the church or a charity of your choice.

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