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Joan K. (Kopanic) Beck

June 4, 1950 ~ August 28, 2019 (age 69)

Joan K. Beck, 69, of Rostraver Township, died Wednesday, August 28, 2019.  Born in North Charleroi on June 4, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Joseph P. and Pauline J. (Haluch) Kopanic Sr.  For 12 years she fought a courageous battle with cancer, but she certainly won the battle of life!!  With her deep faith and God at her side, she fought with strength and grace!

Joanie was a member of the Church of St. Anne and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers.  She has been an employee of the BVA School District for 50 years as a payroll secretary and benefits analysis clerk.  She loved to travel to many Gospel concerts and especially loved visiting Gatlinburg TN, where she made many fond memories, thanks to the friends at the Gillette Motel and Alewine Pottery.  The family would also like to acknowledge the staff of Abraham Productions, along with her many Christian friends.

She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Gary N. Beck Sr.; son, Gary N. Beck Jr. of Rostraver; daughter, Nancy Jo Beck of Rostraver; sisters, Frances P. Kopanic and Geraldine L. (James) Stump, all of Rostraver; sisters-in-law, Patricia A. Kopanic and Bridget L. Kopanic, both of Rostraver; brother-in-law, Tim (Brenda) Beck of Perryopolis; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and two very special life-long friends, Judy McLean of Tennessee and Nancy Hines of Elizabeth.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brohers, Robert J. Kopanic Sr. and Joseph P. Kopanic Jr.; and brother-in-law, Robert A. Beck.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 2 to  8 p.m. in the James C. Stump Funeral Home Inc., 580 Circle Drive, Rostraver Township (724-929-7934) where a Blessing Service will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Anne with Rev. David J. Nazimek as celebrant.  Interment will follow in West Newton Cemetery.

To honor Joanie's memory, the family is asking for each of us to do something special for someone else.  That was Joanie's way!!

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