Joann Desris, 71, beloved wife of Adoph (Al) Desris, Jr. died April 16, 2020 in Doylestown Hospital. Joann’s life was dedicated to God’s service by helping her family, her patients, and all those who met her. This life of service began in Abington, PA, where she was the second of nine children born to the late John and (Alice) Irene (Coatney) Donahoe. As a graduate of Chestnut Hill College, she began her nursing career at Abington Memorial Hospital, then moved to the Quakertown Community Hospital, now known as St. Luke’s Quakertown Campus. During these early years, she married Al, to whom she would be married almost 47 years, on April 28, 1973 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Jenkintown. While working in the oncology department, she began a Breast Cancer Awareness Support Group called Bosom Buddies in order to help her patients with more than just the technical aspects of their treatment and recovery. After more than 30 years with St. Luke’s, she retired so that she and Al could enjoy their family, the home they had literally built together, and their occasional trips. Joann was particularly fond of spending time with family in Ocean City, New Jersey, enjoying the flowers and birds in her garden, and attending weekly mass at St. Isidore’s Catholic Church in Quakertown.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons: Alan Desris (Jenifer) and Zander Desris, and a daughter: Denise Desris. She is also survived by brother Richard Donahoe (Dianne) and six sisters: Maribeth Gilligan (Dan), Theresa Donahoe (John Nestor), Kathie Donahoe (Marty Datner), Margaret Bythrow (Mark), Dyan Hegerich (Fred), and Cecelia Corbett (Chris) and three grandchildren: Logan, Gavin, and Braden, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Her sister Rosie Lang (Rick) and nephew/godson Matthew Bythrow predeceased her.
A Mass and viewing will be live streamed from St. Isidore’s Catholic Church in Quakertown beginning at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, April 23, 2020 to view live stream please go to stisidores.org click on streaming masses and enter password funeral. Arrangements are in the care of the C. R. Strunk Funeral Home, Inc. (www.crstrunk.com) Quakertown. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. www.nationalbreastcancer.org P.O. Box 678572 Dallas, TX 75267-8572 or Alzheimer’s Association 399 Market St. Suite 102 Philadelphia, PA 19106 or American Heart Association 5455 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio 43214.
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National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 678572, Dallas TX 75267-8572
399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia PA 19106
American Heart Association
5455 N. High St., Columbus OH 43214