Joanna D. Perry, 85, of Carbondale, PA, died Thursday night, March 7, 2019 at the Lackawanna Healthcare Center, Sturges, PA, after an illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, John K. Perry on December 29, 2011. At the time of his death they were married for 56 years.
Born August 10, 1933 in the city of Rotterdam, South Holland, the Netherlands, she was the daughter of the late Job and Maartje (de Bak) van den Blink.
Joanna was raised and educated in Holland where she was a student nurse and also worked with her father in a tax office. In 1954, she moved to Canada where she met her husband. Their family emigrated to the United States in 1963, where she was a homemaker raising five children. She later worked and retired from American Tree and Wreath Company, Coxsackie, NY.
She was a member of Peckville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Joanna took an active interest in conservative politics, where she could often be found volunteering at the local polls, supporting Right to Life issues and watching FOX News.
She is survived by three sons: Robert W. Perry of Ridgefield, NJ, Martin J. Perry of Harford, PA, and John S. Perry and wife, Jessica of Carbondale, PA; one daughter: Louisa Jane Polach and companion, Paul Salvatore of Carbondale, PA; four grandchildren: Noelle, Scott, Stephen and Samantha; four great grandchildren: Trevor, Jessica, Benjamin and Bruce; one sister: Hetty Engel of Holland; three brothers: Leen and Kees van den Blink both of Holland and James van den Blink of British Columbia, Canada; a sister-in-law: Margaret Brown of Ontario, Canada; a brother-in-law: Norman Perry of Ontario, Canada; several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a son: Andrew R. Perry; a brother: Paul van den Blink; a daughter-in-law: Suzanne Perry.
The funeral was held Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. from the Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 89 Farview Street, Carbondale, PA, with Rev. Nestor Soto, pastor of Peckville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, officiating. Interment, Willow View Cemetery, Clifford, PA.
Friends called Monday, March 11, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to noon.