Joan Alice Mero

September 26, 1946 ~ December 14, 2020 (age 74)


Joan Alice Mero, passed from this world at her home in Dunkirk, Maryland on December 14th and is living eternally with her Lord in Heaven.  She passed away peacefully, comfortably, and surrounded by her family. 

Joan was born in Plattsburgh, New York, the daughter of Wilbur A. and Helen C. (Farnsworth) Goodroe.  She graduated from Westport Central School in 1964 and attended Plattsburgh State College in NY.  She graduated from college in 1968 and went on to pursue her Masters in Education.

Joan became an elementary school teacher in New York and continued educating young minds in Maryland starting in 1972.  Her love for children made this a natural career choice which brought her much joy.

Joan married the love of her life, Thomas N. Mero, on June 5, 1971.  The happiest moments of her life were the birth of two children, Travis in 1973 and Carrie in 1977.  She was such an amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and teacher.  Tom considers himself lucky to have been able to spend over 50 years in love.

Joan is survived by her husband; her son Travis and his wife Sacha Mero, and daughter Carrie and her husband Shaun Kennedy; three siblings, Sharon Merrill, Shirley (Earl) Brant, and John (Sandy) Goodroe; five grandchildren, Maleena, Larissa, and Bodhi Mero, and Teagan and Jameson Kennedy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She fought her battle with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 43 years.  Joan survived years longer than expected, and despite her struggles she never complained and always had a beautiful smile.  She was an inspiration to many, especially her grandchildren.

There will be visitations at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings, MD on Friday, December 18th from 2PM to 4PM and from 6PM to 8PM.  A visitation will be held in Willsboro, NY at Ross Funeral Home at 25 Maple St. on Tuesday December 22nd from 11AM to 1PM.  The funeral service will be held at St. Philip of Jesus Christ at 3746 Main Street at 2PM.  A burial service at Calvary Cemetery will be held after the funeral service.  Due to COVID, there are capacity limitations.


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