Joanne M. Boak, 73, worked at Lancaster Press, St. James Catholic Sunday School teacher

By on January 4, 2017

Joanne M. Boak, 73, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.

She was the wife of the late Kenneth G. Boak Sr., who passed away in 1996. Born in Lancaster, she was daughter of the late Charles F. and Mary C. Markey Schlegelmilch.

Joanne had worked for Lancaster Press Inc. for 43 years, serving as assistant bindery supervisor. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, where she taught sixth-grade Sunday School. She was also involved with Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and had been a team mom for football and baseball teams for many years. Joanne loved her boxer, Twlia.

She is survived by her children: Catherine A. Chapis, wife of John A. Chapis, of Lititz; Susan M. Stapleton, Lititz; and Kenneth G. Boak Jr., husband of Vera A. Boak, Lititz; seven grandchildren: Robyn L. Brown, Alexander J. Chapis, Adam C. Chapis, Valerie L. Stapleton, Anthony J. Boak, Amanda N. Boak, Kendra L. Stapleton; and one great grandchild: Reagan A. Chapis. She is also survived by her sister: Adeline Eggensperger of Lancaster; and her brother: Charles F. Schlegelmilch of Mountville.

Joanne’s family would like to thank the nursing staff at Moravian Manor for their excellent care provided to Joanne.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Charles F. Snyder Jr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, from 6 to 8 p.m., with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:45 p.m. Friends may call again on Thursday, Jan. 5, at St. James Catholic Church, 505 Woodcrest Ave, Lititz, from 10 to 11 a.m., with Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Joanne’s memory to Pennsylvania Boxer Rescue at

To send an online condolence, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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