Joan R. Miller

Joan R.  Miller, 90, formerly of the Petersburg section of Scranton, died Wednesday night at Abington Manor after an illness.  Her Husband of 69 years was Gerald L. Miller, Sr. who died in January of this year.  The couple was married on June 19, 1954, in the Petersburg Presbyterian Church. 

Born 1933 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Marshall and Rose Wenzel Ries and was a graduate of the former Scranton Central High School and Keystone Junior College.  She was a member of the Keystone Consistory Auxiliary and enjoyed taking part in her Keystone Junior College reunions.  Prior to her retirement she had been employed as a bookkeeper and served as the Secretary/Treasurer of Duryea Lumber Company.

Joan loved to travel and was a very religious and faithful woman who loved the bible and singing in her church choir.  She kept the tradition of making her mother’s cherished homemade Christmas cookies.  Family holidays were of most importance to her especially the 4th of July celebrations at Lake Waynewood.  She also enjoyed spending time with her friends playing pinochle.  She will be deeply missed. 

Also surviving are a daughter, Joann Vought and her husband Thomas of Morganville, NJ; son, Gerald L. Miller, Jr. and his wife Maggie of Kingsley, PA; a granddaughter, Kimberly Vought of Rego Park, NY; her sister Linda Verrastro and husband Patrick of Lake Ariel; a niece and a nephew.

A special thanks to the staff who cared for both Joan and Gerald while at Abington Manor, especially since they were able to remain together as a couple while in the same room.

Funeral services will be held private and at the convenience of the family in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton and officiated by Rev. Bill Carter, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit.

Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

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  1. To the Miller family my condolence to you & yours for your great loss at this time may Mom& Dad Rip they nice people I enjoyed there company while at the pines as there Driver & friend

  2. I was saddened to hear about Joan and Gerry’s passing. She was a long time friend of my mother, Judy Mechler. I have a picture of Joan and Judy around age 20 in Judy’s back yard that I am including in a family history book that I’m putting together.

  3. Erin Stefani

    I am very saddened to hear the news about Joan’s passing. Both Joan and Jerry were great neighbors. I have very fond memories, especially Joan’s banana bread and our living room chats. She is now is at peace together again with Jerry.

  4. Melissa Mechler Perry

    so sad to hear of the passing of Joan and Gerry . I have wonderful memories of them with my parents Frank and Judy Mechler , lifelong friends. They were truly winderfil
    people prayers of comfort to family and friends

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