Joan H. Miller, 89, SKH head cashier, St. James Catholic member, great cook, Eagles fan

By on September 18, 2019

Joan H. Miller, 89, died Sept. 14, 2019 at the Mennonite Home Communities, where she had resided since February 2018.

She was born, at home in Pottsville on June 22, 1930 to the late Joseph A. Raab and Margaret (Fishola) Raab.

Joan was proud to be the first of her siblings to graduate high school in the Weatherly High School class of 1949. She followed that up by becoming a switchboard operator for Bell Telephone in 1950. A few years later, she left the area that was her home and traveled to Lancaster, where she continued her career until the birth of her first child in 1964. While employed at Bell, Joan received advancement to supervisor and Union Steward. From 1971 to 1988, she was employed by Stauffers of Kissel Hill in Leola. She quickly rose to head cashier, and also was tasked with making fruit baskets.

While living in Leola, she and her family belonged to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in New Holland. Joan was active as a member of the Sodality of the Blessed Mother and she also helped with cleaning the church. Joan moved to Lititz in 1999 after the death of her husband and joined St. James Catholic Church.

Joan had a wonderful singing voice and enjoyed singing at mass, or whenever the mood struck her. She was also a voracious reader of historical fiction, suspense, and crime novels. “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune” were two of her favorite TV shows. She was a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, but could watch any NFL Teams. She was also not shy about yelling comments while the games were in progress, as if the teams could actually hear her. But, her biggest sports passion was watching Olympic figure skating.

Joan was also a good cook and baker and was proud that she could make foods from scratch without following recipes.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years: Henry B. Miller III, who died in November 1998. They were married June 15, 1963 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Lancaster. She is also predeceased by her sisters: Catherine, Anna, Agnes, and Mary.

Joan is survived by her son: Keith S. Miller, husband of Shelly (Way) Miller of Lititz; her daughter: Tracey L. Beiler of Lititz; and two grandchildren: Stefan Beiler of Philadelphia and Chanice Beiler of Lititz.

The family wishes to thank the staff on Swarr Run at Mennonite Home Communities for their compassionate care of their mother. They truly do the Lord’s work.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz, with viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Columbia.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Joan’s memory to any of the following: St. James Catholic Church, 505 Woodcrest Ave., Lititz PA 17543; Mennonite Home Communities, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601; or Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

To send the family online condolences, visit groffeckenroth.com. Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

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