Joanne Wagstaff

Obituary of Joanne Wagstaff

Brasher Falls- Mrs. Joanne M. Wagstaff, 69, passed away Saturday September 2, 2017 at the Maplewood Nursing Home in Canton surrounded by the love and support of her family. Arrangements are entrusted to Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop. Joanne was born in Syracuse on May 7, 1948 to the late Lyle and Henrietta (Kowalewski) Smith. She graduated from Syracuse Central Technical High School in 1965. On October 11, 1969, she married Lawrence E. Wagstaff, Jr. at St. Lawrence Church in North Lawrence. They shared a blessed union of 43 years together, built upon faith and devotion to their family. Larry passed away on December 31, 2012. Joanne worked as an LPN at St. Josephs in Syracuse, Alice-Hyde Medical in Malone, and lastly for Healthcare Services of Northern NY. Faith was important to Joanne. Growing up she was a member of St. Stevens Church in Syracuse and more recently celebrated her Christian Faith by participating in the "Walk to Emmaus #44"; something she was passionate about and proud of. She was always involved in her children's lives; attending their various activities and sporting events. Her love for music and the theater filled her soul and lifted her spirit. Joanne enjoyed sewing and cooking; her homemade donuts were a family favorite. She was a member of the Winthrop Grange and the Tri-Town Senior Citizens. Joanne is survived by her six daughters: Julie and Peter Maslyn of Farmington, Jenny and Gregory Marsh of Winthrop, Jerrie Anne and Brian O'Rourke of Powell, OH., Jessie and Robert Chandler of Rochester, Sarah Gregory and Luc Andraud of East Amherst, and Stacie Sears and Brian Lanning of Massena; 11 grandchildren: Jacob, Elizabeth, Olivia and Grace Maslyn, Gillian and Max O'Rourke, Cody Chandler, Annaliese and Eloise Gregory, and Abigayle and Aaron Sears; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her husband, Joanne was predeceased by her sister Lorraine Chapman and her brother Gerald Smith. In keeping with Joanne's wishes, there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be celebrated Monday September 4th at the Brasher Falls United Methodist Church at 2:00 pm. Burial will take place in Willis Cemetery at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. For those wishing to express an act of kindness; memorial contributions may be made in Joanne's honor to Juvenile Diabetes; JDRF Northeastern NY Chapter, 950 New Loudon Road #330, Latham, NY 12110 or jdrf.org/neny/. Memories and condolences may be shared with her family at www.hammillfh.com.