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October 7, 1943 - October 17, 2020
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Joan (Reed) Calpin, age 77, of North Scranton, passed away Saturday evening at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her beloved husband, Walter Calpin. Recently celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary, the couple were married on September 5, 1964.
A lifelong resident of Scranton, Joan was born on October 7, 1943 to the late Eugene and Margaret (Meehan) Reed. She attended the former Scranton Technical School before Vocational-Technical School where she began a career in health care as a nurse’s aide. She spent most of her time as a private duty nurse while also raising her four daughters.
More recently she worked for nearly two decades at Kelly’s Pub and Eatery in Scranton where when she wasn’t working, she was the in-house life of the party. Always on the move, whether it be at Kelly’s, Cooper’s Seafood House or anywhere with a good happy hour, Joan would be there socializing.
From her annual winter trek with Walter to Kissimmee, Florida, to multiple cruises to memorable family vacations in Avalon, N.J., she was always active with her family and friends. She never met a casino slot machine she didn’t like and she had even been an avid bowler and softball player in her younger days.
A devoted Roman Catholic, Joan was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish in North Scranton where she often volunteered, including serving as a eucharistic minister.
Leaving behind her amazing family, she’ll certainly never be forgotten by all who knew her.
She is also survived by her four daughters, Jill Kelley and husband John of Old Forge, Teresa Vanchure of Scranton, Doreen Ackmann and husband Steven of N.J. and Colleen Rice and husband Michael of Scranton; her adored grandchildren, Jonathan and Jordan Kelley, both of Old Forge, Zachary and Alivia Vanchure and Sophia Rice, all of Scranton; and many nieces and nephews.
Seven siblings, Carole Lee, Margaret “Peggy” Gaffney, Jean Marie Rogers, Frances “Bucky”, Thomas, Gerard and infant Kenneth Reed, and her longtime BFF, Joan “Cozzie” Cosgrove, also preceded her in death.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Thursday at 10:00AM at Mary, Mother of God Parish, 316 William Street in Scranton, to be celebrated by Joan’s dear friend, Rev. Martin Gaiardo. Private burial will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joan’s name to St. Ann’s Solemn Novena c/o St. Ann’s Monastery and Shrine Basilica,
1233 St. Ann Street,·Scranton, PA 18504.
Arrangements are under the care of the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 North Main Avenue, Scranton.