Joan A. Beichner

| March 7, 2016

Joan Beichner croppedJoan A. Beichner, 72, of Shippenville passed away Friday, March 4, 2016, surrounded by her family at UPMC Northwest.

Born on December 19, 1944 in Fort Myers FL, she was the daughter of the late Lester J and Alberta V. Holly Moody.

After graduating from high school she went on to attain her B.S. in Elementary Education from Clarion Teachers College in 1966 and then went on to attain her Master’s Degree in Education from Clarion University in 1991. She also completed advanced work at both Indiana University of PA and Gannon University.

Joan was married at St. Michael Church in Fryburg by Father Theobald, on August 27, 1966 to Henry E. Beichner who survives.

She was a member of St. Michael Church in Fryburg where she played the organ for a time.

Over her career Joan taught first, second and third grades at North Clarion Elementary. She retired in 2005 after 39 years of service. She also was a Presenter-Peer Supervisor for the Social Studies Curriculum, she served on Professional Development Committee, Grant Writing Committees, and also Advisory Committee: Chapter 1.

Joan enjoyed country style living. She and her husband founded Pork Hill Farms where they raised pigs and beef cattle. Joan also played several instruments including piano, organ, violin, and cello. She played two seasons with the Butler Symphony Orchestra (Violin).

She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa International Professional Association in Education and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. In the community she was involved with Clarion County Cooperative Extension Board of Penn State where she served on the executive board, Jefferson-Clarion County Community Action Agency Program and NAMI PA Clarion County Education Coordinator.

In her professional career she served as a National Science Foundation’s Grant Participant, Teacher Educator Mentor Project, Clarion University of Pennsylvania (CUPA); subcommittees including: Design of the Gender Equity Checklist used by CUPA Education, Department of Clock Student Teachers, and Web Page Design for the Teacher Educator Mentor Project. She served as a clinical supervisor for: CUPA – Student Teachers, Early Field Experience Students and Grove City College – Early Field Experience Student. Joan was a presenter for: Northwestern Math Teachers Conference: Teacher Educator Mentor Project, CUPA Gender Equality Conference for the Surrounding Seven Districts CUPA First Annual Whole Language Conference: Proofreader of Units development by Teachers and Display Booth; Pennsylvania Science Teachers Conventions: Science / Technology / Society, Teacher Panel, CUPA at Reading Make It / Take It, IUP at Penn State Conference Center.

Joan is survived by her husband Henry and their sons Gregory E. Beichner and his wife Dina of Allison Park and Garrett J. Beichner of Shippenville. Grandchildren Anyanka (Anya) and Marcus Beichner of Allison Park. Also surviving is her faithful dog Termite.

As per her request there will be no public visitation.

Mass of a Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at St. Michael Church in Fryburg, with Rev. D.G. Davis III, Pastor presiding.

Interment will be in the St. Michael Cemetery following the Mass.

Memorials in Joan’s honor may be made to Kirtland Cancer Foundation, PO Box 108, Franklin, PA 16323 or St. Michael Church, PO Box 27, Fryburg PA 16326.

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