Joan Mary Van Wamel, 82, passed away Monday, April 25, 2022, at her son’s home near Emmett.
She was born June 10, 1939, in Liverpool, England the daughter of Joseph Johnson and Elizabeth Cochran Maxwell. She and her family immigrated to New Zealand when Joan was 12.
Joan was a nurse. She and her family moved to the United States and the St. Marys Community in July 1989. She had lived the past several years in Scottsville, VA, moving back to St. Marys the day before her death.
Joan Maxwell and Johannes Van Wamel were united in marriage on April 8, 1962 at St. Mary’s Church in Wanganui, NZ. Johannes preceded her in death as well as her daughter, Stephanie LeSage, and a granddaughter, Mary LeSage.
Survivors include three sons, Joe (Rosemary) Van Wamel, Matthew (Autumn) Van Wamel, and Benjaman (Sara) Van Wamel; daughters Shayne (Michael) Pulmer and Madeleine (Tim) Farrell; 35 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Requiem Mass will be 9:00 A.M. Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Assumption Chapel. Interment will be in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 5:20 P.M. Friday, April 29, 2022 at the church. Mrs. Van Wamel will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made for masses for the repose of her soul.