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Born on Feb. 24, 1932, in Clairton, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Ethel Gittings Haymond.
On April 28, 1951 she married her beloved husband, Greg Thomas. He preceded her in death on July 9, 2005.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Joann always enjoyed traveling with her husband and family. She was an avid reader and loved listening to music.
Her greatest joy was spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.
Joann is survived by her daughter, Debbie Benincase and her husband, Carmen, of New Castle; grandchildren, Stephanie Holzhauser and her husband, Jake, and Nicolle Barker and her husband, Dakota; her niece, Barb Crossman; and several other nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Joann was preceded in death by her daughter, Sherry Thomas, and two brothers, Robert and Richard Haymond.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.
A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joann's memory to the Union Band Shelter Fund, Mark Godwin, Band Director, Union Area School District, 2106 Camden Ave., New Castle, Pa. 16101, or if they choose to donate a brick, the link is www.unionscotties.donationbricks.com.
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