JoAnne Flynn

Jo Anne Flynn, Hill Section of Scranton, died Saturday afternoon in the Moses Taylor Hospital after being stricken ill at home.   She is survived by her husband William Flynn of 55 years.

Born 1936 in Forest City, she was the daughter of the late Arnold and Genevieve Jeglinski Swetter.  Jo Anne was educated in Forest City schools and graduated from Forest City High School and went on to study at the University of Scranton.  She was a devoted member of the Immaculate Conception Church Parish Community where she and her husband Bill were active in the music ministry for twenty eight years. 

She will truly be missed and forever loved by family and friends. She was devoted a wife, mother, grandmother and caregiver.  Her greatest passions were family, reading, cooking, music, and care giving. She was a gentle spirit with a loving heart who saw the good in everyone. 

Also surviving are sons: Patrick and his wife Maria Mattei of Plains, Jeffrey and his wife Chutikan of Thailand and Paul and his life partner Juanita Segarra of Scranton;  grandchildren Patrick, Matthew, Violeta Mattei, Ryan, Ethan, Sandy and Tarusawan Kaewsut.

She was also preceded in death by a brother Donald Swetter.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:30am in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave. Scranton.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4-6pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. and Thursday morning from 10:00am until time of Mass at the church.

Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages memorial contributions be made in Jo Anne’s memory to the Salvation Army c/o Scranton Corps Community Center 500 S. Washington Ave. Scranton, PA 18505.


  1. John J Wilczynski

    JoAnne’s family: I went to Forest City High School with JoAnne – all four years. I was deeply saddened when I read of her passing. I admired her as a classmate who was kind and friendly all the time. Please extend my condolences to her family and friends.

    I will truly miss her as a classmate and friend.

    John Wilczynski

  2. John J Wilczynski

    To Joanne’s family:

    I went all through high school with JoAnne. She always was friendly and kind to me and to others.
    She have every right to be proud of her as she was a great classmate.

  3. Mary B. OKoren

    I am a fellow musician who was in total awe of Joanne’s talent. I was part of the Forest City Community Chorus. Joanne was their accompanist for many years. Her ability to play any piece on demand was truly remarkable. Perhaps what was more amazing was that all that talent was just a part of one of the nicest people I have ever met. I am sure she will be missed. Sincere condolences to her husband and family.

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