October 23, 1933 - December 14, 2021
Visitation: No Visitation
Service: Tuesday 10AM, St. Teresa of Avila Church, 800 Avila Ct., Pgh, PA 15237
Joan Marie (Seifert)
Age 88, of Ross Twp., passed away on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. Beloved wife for 68 years of Richard N. Wehling; Loving mother of Deby (Greg) Brokaw of Union County, OH, Richard D. (Carla) of Avalon, PA, and Ronald (Mary) of McCandless, PA. Proud grandmother of Nikki (Josh) Neumeier, Bianca (Sal) Villar, D.J. (Amena) Brokaw, Heather Hollis, Kylie Wehling, and Lara Wehling. Great-grandmother of Jake, Joey, Maddox, Atlas, Vada May, Maya, and Hannah. Joan, the youngest of thirteen children is survived by three sisters, Janet (Regis) Paridon of Doylestown, OH, Marita (Bob) Zupke of Akron, OH, and Carol (Dick) Hoover of Treasure Island, FL. Preceded in death by brothers Donald (Helen), Robert (Marilyn), Ivan (Rita), Fr. Ray C.PP.S., Dick (Margie) and sisters Evelyn (George) Petit, Ruth (Ollie) Oser, Helen (Elmer) Petit, and Miriam Seifert. Also survived by countless nieces and nephews. Joan was a loving and caring wife, mother, homemaker, grandmother, and great grandmother. Joan was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church and a Gospa Missions volunteer. Joan traveled to Medjugorje twice in the 1990s with Gospa Missions and personally received kisses from heaven. Joan was an avid walker and a member of Club Julian.
Joan and her husband, Dick, were blessed with 68 years of loving marriage, that love overcoming what many would consider obstacles such as Joan, a devout Catholic and one of thirteen children, marrying Dick, a Protestant and only child. Shy, Dick admired Joan at TAC while attending Barberton High School as a senior but never got the nerve to talk to her. As fate would have it, their paths crossed when Joan began working at Neff’s Drug Store when she was sixteen. Neff’s was only two blocks from Dick’s home on 25th Street. Dick, a Junior at Western Reserve, began spending more time in the drug store reading the comic books and sporting magazines and talking to Joan. When Mr. Neff was not there, Dick would order chocolate milkshakes, the best milkshakes ever because Joan always added an extra scoop of ice cream. Dick finally got enough nerve to ask her on a date and, amazingly, she said yes.
After marriage in 1953, Joan took care of Deby, Rick, and Ron while Dick attended Case for night studies and later while Dick refereed basketball games and managed the West View Methodist softball team. Joan was amazing, learning to drive and getting the kids to all their activities. Joan was wonderfully talented, good at all the things Dick was not. She was the primary breadwinner at Aberdeen Proving Grounds while Dick was in the Army. When Dick was transferred to Pittsburgh in 1963 by Alcoa, Joan’s talents as a homemaker shown in refurbishing a house into their lifelong home. After retirement, Joan and Dick enjoyed traveling, biking on Cape Cod, cruising, and visiting their children and grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday 12/21/21 @ 10AM at St. Teresa of Avila Church (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish), 800 Avila Ct., Pgh, PA 15237. Inurnment will take place at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies at a later date. A Mass of Intentions to celebrate her life will be held on 05/14/22 at 10AM at St. Augustine Church in Barberton, Ohio.Send Flowers Shop Gifts Print Obituary Share Obituary