Joanne Marie Buckwalter, 54, of Ephrata, PA was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday August 2, 2015 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with an extended illness and heart surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was the wife of Dale E. Buckwalter to whom she was married for 34 years.
Born in Lancaster, PA she was a daughter of Paul M. and Betty Martin, Landis Homes. She was a 1979 graduate of Garden Spot High School and was employed by Dr. Todd Grambau DMD, PC for 35 years and Royer Pharmacy, Leola for 8 years. Joanne enjoyed cooking, reading, spending time with family on the beach, and playing with her grandchild. She was looking forward to spending time with her two grandchildren on the way. Adalyn Marie Ranck has since been born on August 3rdand we are still awaiting Baby Sweigart. Joanne loved the Lord and through it all had her eyes on Him. She was a member of Lancaster Evangelical Free Church.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she will be deeply missed by her daughters Amanda (Tyler) Ranck, Brownstown and Lauren (Neal) Sweigart, Elizabethtown, siblings Ruthie (Vernon) Martin, Lititz, Janie (Everett) Buckwalter, Smoketown, and Doug (Crystal) Martin, Brownstown. She is also survived by granddaughters Leah and Adalyn Ranck and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by a son, Andrew Jon Buckwalter.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday August 16, 2015 at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, 419 Pierson Road, Lititz. Greeting time with the family will begin at 1:30 pm with the service at 3:00 pm. There will also be a greeting time after the service.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, to support the building project. Please mark the donation “Joanne” and payable to LEFC, 419 Pierson Rd, Lititz, PA 17543.