JoAnn C. Girvin, 78

March 18, 2020

JoAnn C. Girvin, 78, of Lancaster, died on March 18, 2020 at home. She was born on February 4, 1942 in Lancaster, the daughter of the late Dr. Gilbert N. Clime and Emily (Fralich) Clime of Lancaster. JoAnn graduated from Manheim Township High School in 1960 and attended Hood College in Maryland.

She retired from Hunter Keystone Peterbilt Dealership after long employment. Previously she worked for Buch’s Music Store, Black Angus Steak House, Willow Valley Restaurant, Central Penn Nursing Care, Lancaster Truck Bodies, and as an office manager for an eye doctor in Lancaster.

JoAnn loved watching sports especially basketball and football. In 1954, she accompanied her grandmother on a Queen Elizabeth ocean liner voyage and traveled by train throughout Europe. Later in life she continued her European travels to parts of Germany, Austria, France, and the Czech Republic. She enjoyed staying seasonally at Myrtle Beach, SC, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and accompanying her brother and his wife on camping trips to places like Utah, Washington state, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota. She successfully completed visits on her “bucket list” like the Indianapolis 500 Race, the US Open Tennis Tournament, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Rose Bowl Parade, the Passion Play in Oberammergau, and a performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

She is deceased by husbands Robert Risser and Merle Girvin. JoAnn is survived by brother Richard Clime and sister-in-law Sonia Clime of Granby CO; niece Emily P. Garrison, her husband Christopher Garrison, and great nephews Thaddeus Berry and Slate Garrison of Paducah KY; nephew Ethan P. Clime of Prague, Czech Republic; stepson Donald Risser and his wife Jan Risser of Reamstown PA, and their sons Lee (wife Kelly) and Jason (wife Adriana) both of Denver.

Burial will be private.

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April 13, 2020

Though you don’t know me, I have been a friend of Joanne’s for almost 45 years.  I learned to know her when she worked for Dr. Medwick (Opthologist) and i was working for Berks Optical in Lancaster.  We have bumped into each other many times over the years, and when i had my own optical business, she faithfully purchased glasses from me over many years.
My memories of Joanne include knowing a person who had a great sense of humor, a caring heart, a word to encourage when one was needed, AND, i loved to hear her laugh.
Please accept my condolences for your loss.         Sincerely,   David Weaver

April 05, 2020

I was sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. I met her through our community’s Bible study. Joanne was quiet but very sweet.  She will be missed. Rest In Peace!
Pat Eichmann

March 28, 2020

Prayers during this time of grieving and celebration of many cheirshed memories!  We (may father Earl, wife Ann and I) were blessed to be able to travel with JoAnn to the Indianapolis 500 on several occassions.  My father Earl, diesel mechanic, also interacted with JoAnn frequently at Peterbilt.  Wonderful person and while aware of many of her travels was not aware of them all!  She will be remembered very fondly and will be missed.  Prayers and Regards Moyer Family (Earl, Ann and Scott)

March 27, 2020

It was with sadness that I learned JoAnn had passed away. Although we were a part of the same community it was only in the past few years that we spent time together. We did have some enjoyable outings. She will be missed by many others as well. My condolences to the family.                                                           Bonnie Myers

March 26, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family.  I was surprised to see her picture in the newspaper.  She had just called me to set up an appointment to review her account on the 17th.  I had to cancel it due to the virus, but she sounded fine. I will miss her and our conversations when we got together.  Warm heart.
Don Thomas

March 25, 2020

I was so sorry to read of JoAnn’s passing.  I worked w/her at Frontier, the phone company, in New Holland, PA.  Then I caught up again with her when she volunteered at Hospice & Community Care where I worked.  She was a wonderful person.  I am so glad that I knew her and shared a friendship with her.  Thanks for sharing so much about her in the obituary. My sympathies are with you. 
Kathy Trowbridge

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