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August 15, 2013

Joan Lukasiewicz

PLATTSBURGH — Mrs. Joan Lukasiewicz, 65, of Beekmantown, passed away on Tuesday August 13, 2013 after a courageous fight with cancer.

Joan was born and grew up in Scranton, Pa., the daughter of Daniel and Estelle (Lambert) Moore (both deceased) of Gouldsboro, Pa. who were parents of Daniel P., Linda M., and Thomas P. Moore.

Joan attended St. Mary of the Assumption School, Scranton, Pa. and graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1965. After graduation, she traveled to Washington, DC, to become a switchboard operator at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 1971 she married Jack Lukasiewicz, a sergeant in the United States Air Force. They moved throughout the USA being stationed together in North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and New York. In 1984 Joan graduated (nursing) from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas. When the family was transferred to Plattsburgh AFB, Joan joined the maternity care unit at Champlain Valley Physicians' Hospital. She fully retired in the summer of 2011. Joan loved caring for the children and their mom's. Over the years parents presented their "little ones" to her and expressed their thanks for the care she so lovingly gave.

Joan baked with a passion. She loved making all sorts of goodies: her linzer cookies were to die for. The smell of homemade applesauce filled her kitchen all summer and fall. She enjoyed crocheting. Walking and hiking near home or in the Adirondacks made her day. There was always a pooch around, for she loved them so. Outings to see the wildlife in our North Country were part of how Joan enjoyed being with family and friends.

Joan was a charter participant in The Nurses' Health Study II (1989 to date) conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Channing Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Her contributions lead the team to findings of major public health importance. Joan could be found, as often as possible, donating blood through the Red Cross. In 2003 she gave a kidney to her son, Mark.

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