November 16, 1950 - January 25, 2022
Visitation: No Visitation
Service: A celebration of Joanne's life will be held at a later date.
Joanne Eileen Galardy (Burke)
Age 71, born to Mary and William Burke from Butler PA, passed away on January 25, 2022 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Robert, and daughters, Ellen and Elizabeth. Joanne graduated from Butler High School, La Roche College, and earned her teacher’s certification from Smith College. She later completed her principal certification and a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Joanne taught at many schools, including her favorite job teaching English at Shuman Center. She was the assistant principal at Knoch Middle School and principal of Knoch High School. When Bob retired, she returned to teaching at Riverside High School so that they could spend their summers together. They enjoyed traveling, boating, and dining out. Like her mother, Joanne enjoyed gardening, reading, and shopping with her daughters. In retirement, she also worked as an educational consultant for several years.
Joanne cherished her family, her friends, and her students. She was known for being creative, insightful, and funny. She was also passionate in all her endeavors, through all the stages of her life. She will be missed by many.
No viewing will be offered, but a remembrance event will be planned in the future. In memory of her generous spirit, donations can be directed to a charity to benefit vulnerable children.