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.
As a member of St. Mary's of the Lake Parish, Cumberland Head, Plattsburgh, she worked with The Ladies of St. Mary's to provide bereavement support for the community and assisted in the house keeping of the church. When St. Mary's became an Oratory, she volunteered at Our Lady of Victory Parish, Plattsburgh, in the Family Promise Program providing meals and chaperoning.
Joan is survived by her husband, Jack; son, Mark and wife Danielle (Mundy) of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; daughter, Jill O'Brien and husband Jeff of Russell, Pa.; four grandchildren, Celeste and Savanah Lukasiewicz, Kayla and Nathan O'Brien; two brothers; one sister; and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2013 at the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St. in Plattsburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Our Lady of Victory Church in Plattsburgh. Interment to follow in St. Mary's of the Lake Cemetery on Cumberland Head.
Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Victory Parish's Building Fund, or the FitzPatrick Cancer Center at CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.
Thank you to those at CVPH: the Cancer Center, Dr. Whitman and his staff, R5 Oncology Unit, and the Transitional / Palliative Care Units. Joan held a special place in her heart for the CVPH caregivers. Thank you especially to all the nurses and nursing assistants who were part of Joan's everyday life these last few months.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY, 12901 (518) 561-3980.
Online condolences and memorial candles may be offered at www.brownfuneralhomeinc.com