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Joan Dermatis, 89, of Plattsburgh, NY, passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Joan was born on March 6, 1932, in Irvington, NJ, to the late Robert and Elsie (Von Zschinsky) Loewen.
Joan graduated from Clifford J Scott High School in East Orange, NJ, at the age of 16 and Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Letters degree in Journalism in 1952. She met her future husband of 57 years, Walter, in Keene, NY, where she had a summer job during college.
They married in 1952, and together traveled the world with the US Army, living in AL, SC, France, TX, KS, VA, NJ (while Walter was in Vietnam), and PA. Joan always made a warm and welcoming home for family and friends. After a short stint in Iran, they settled in Plattsburgh, NY, overlooking Lake Champlain and built a cabin in Keene, their beloved North Country.
She is survived and lovingly remembered by two of her daughters: Donna (Michael) Jaye of Carlisle, PA, and Dayle (Ken Meese) Dermatis of West Linn, OR; her five grandchildren: Megan Jaye Tooman, Baylee Bruno, Matthew Jaye, David Jaye, and Emily Jaye Perales; six great-grandchildren; a niece, Pamela Bickle; and a nephew, Richard Clark.
She was predeceased by her husband, Walter, and her eldest daughter Debi Bruno.
She will be remembered as a selfless and caring wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, as well as a good listener and someone who was always there for you. She was ordained as a reverend online to officiate the wedding of one of her grandchildren. She was an avid reader of news, current events, and romance and mystery novels, a lover of yard sales and crossword puzzles, among the many passions she passed along to her loved ones. Her articles appeared in numerous magazines, and she also saw a novel published, coauthored with a friend.
Joan will be laid to rest on July 11 at North Elba Cemetery in Lake Placid, NY, following a graveside service that will begin at 3 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate.html).
Arrangements are being handled by Hollinger Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Mt. Holly Springs, PA. Please visit www.HollingerFuneralHome.com to offer condolences to the family.
I met Joan many years ago when she joined our Senior Fitness classes. She was always so sweet and friendly. She often talked about family and I noticed her daughter is being buried the same time as Joan. It’s sad but heartwarming too. My sincerest condolences. I always looked forward to Joan at class!, Fondly, Shirley Coffey
Shirley Coffey Aug 6 2021 12:00 AM
I'm in shock learning of Joan's passing.I met Joan while working with her as a Republican poll worker in 2016 & 2018 at Pine Harbor in Plattsburgh. I could not help notice and mention to her her beautiful cursive handwriting. We enjoyed each others company at both elections and met her again before leaving Plattsburgh for Carlisle. She made (with love) her Almond Joy cookies for all of us...in which she said it was a 'keeper' and shared her recipe with me. She was a beautiful lady that was so interesting to listen and talk to. She will be missed. RIP Joan.
Marc Gendron Jul 30 2021 12:00 AM
I just found this side of my family on my father's side not to long ago and just met Aunt Joan two summers ago....she was such a sweet soul...I was really hoping to get to know her better as time went on, but covid put a dent in that where we couldn't be around family.....I'm truly sorry to hear of her passing, but deepest condoloscence and prayers goes out to her family....may she rest in peace....
Mary Dawson Jul 8 2021 12:00 AM
I met Joan through her Daughter Debi. She was a joy to be around. She had such a beautiful soul and she will be missed by many. Condolences and prayers go out to the family. May she rest in peace.
Claudia Holbrook Jul 7 2021 12:00 AM
Joan was my exercise buddy at the Senior Center in Plattsburgh, NY. She was always cheerful and smiling. I will miss her.
Connie Wayne Jul 7 2021 12:00 AM
Joan was a neighbor and friend for many years while living along the shores of Lake Champlain's Singing Sands Beach. She was missed by many when she moved to be among family in Pennsylvania. I last heard from Joan in January 2021, receiving a lovely note to me along with sympathy card when my husband died. She was always so very thoughtful and caring of others even while dealing with her own critical health situation. Wishing Joan's family peace with my deepest sympathy in the loss of Joan.
Suzanne Doin Jul 7 2021 12:00 AM
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