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Joan Elizabeth Koebert (Joanie), of Hatboro, PA passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at the age of 82 on Saturday, September 23, 2023. She was born on October 30, 1940, in Philadelphia, PA to the late John and Edna (nee Taylor) Connaughton. She went to St. Helena’s Catholic school and graduated from Little Flower High School where she played basketball, tennis, and volleyball.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Joseph Koebert Sr., with whom she shared 60 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her brother Jack Connaughton, sister Edna Mae (nee Connaughton) Dougherty and Mary Rose (nee Connaughton) Cheeks.
Joan was a loving and dedicated homemaker, devoting her time and energy to caring for her family. She found joy in raising her 5 children and creating an environment of unconditional compassion for all who entered her home. She cherished her role as mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Joan is survived by her children: Deborah M. Koebert, Joan E. Koebert, Jane A. Koebert, Richard J. Koebert Jr. (Loretta), Edward J. Koebert (Carol). She was a beloved grandmother to 11 grandchildren: Jennifer, Sheena, Nicholette, John, Isabela, Brian, Kimberly, Amy, Faith, Nicholas, Abby and great-grandmother to 15 great-grandchildren: Jordan, Zachary, Liberty, Emma, Zoey, Kaylee, Gary, Alexander, Brandon, Savannah, Jayden, Cameron, Ronnie, Adriana, and Liliana. Joanie is also survived by her sisters Betty (nee Connaughton) Bott and Helen (nee Connaughton) Robinson.
Joan Koebert will be remembered as a kind, gentle soul who always put others first, had a sweet tooth for chocolate, and an unconditional love for all in her life. She loved sports and displayed an exciting sense of competitiveness, especially when sitting and watching the Phillies and Eagles games with family. She is known by her children to encompass a calculator-like brain as well as a natural dictionary for words. Her joy was playing bridge with her sisters, and recently her daughters.
Joan enjoyed many family summer vacations in Wildwood, NJ with her sister, Helen, maintaining count of the young cousins on the beach. Later she adored contemplating, praying and looking out at the ocean while sitting on the rocks, in North Wildwood. She was fond of the Poconos mountains and enjoyed her quiet, retreat-like visits as well as family trips to the lake when the children were young.
Joan’s adventures included traveling to Arizona to visit new grandchildren when Deb lived in AZ., meeting Joan Jr. to see the Football Hall of Fame with Dad, bringing a new granddaughter home from Ecuador with Jane, attending numerous family holidays, birthdays and sporting events with Rich and his family, and a cross country trip to Las Vegas with Ed. More recently she cherished trips to her daughter, Joanie’s, RV and her most recent travels to AZ. where she was able to spend precious moments with her sister Mary.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Bayada Hospice nurses for their support during this time of need.
Relatives and friends will be received by her family in St. Joseph’s on Friday, September 29, 2023 after 9:30 a.m. followed by her Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Easton and County Line Roads, Warrington, PA. Her interment will follow in St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont, PA. In lieu of flowers memorials in Joan’s memory may be made to; The Charles A. and Betty Bott Cancer Center @ Holy Redeemer Hospital (www.redeemerhealth.org) Huntingdon Valley, PA 19046, or to St. Bonaventure Indian Mission & School (www.stbonaventuremission.org), or to Thoreau, NM 87323 St. Jude’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org)