Joanne Powell

The campus community mourns the passing of Joanne Powell, who died on Thursday, September 3, 2020. Joanne retired from L&IT as the budget coordinator in 2010 after 36 years of service to the University.

Included below is the complete text of the obituary, as provided by the family.

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On behalf of our entire University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Joanne’s family, as well as to all who knew her at Bucknell.

John C. Bravman

Joanne Linda Powell, age 73, was born November 6, 1946, in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, to Elmer and Frances Hawk. She passed away on September 3, 2020, in Colorado Springs. She lived in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, all but two years of her life which she spent in Colorado Springs.

Joanne was a lifelong member of First Reformed United Church of Christ. Her life revolved around the church and she coordinated the Bazaar, was a member of the Consistory, an Elder, a Deacon, and helped cook many Lenten meals. She also loved to sew and cross-stitch.

Joanne worked at Bucknell University for 36 years. She was employed as an administrative assistant.

Joanne was married to John Franklin Powell on November 25, 1972. They were married for 44 years. They enjoyed a trip to Italy and their trips to Colorado to visit their son.

Joanne was preceded in death by John Powell and her parents Elmer and Frances Hawk. She is survived by her son, Franklin Wesley Powell (Anne); granddaughter, Emma; brother Charles Hawk (Bonna); nephew Nathan Hawk (Lydia); niece Nicole Hawk, many cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the First Reformed Church of Christ, Sunbury, with the Rev. Lynn Schmoyer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Joanne’s memory to her church the First Reformed United Church of Christ, 160 Chestnut Street, Sunbury PA 17801.

Arrangements are by the Zweier Funeral Home, 157 Chestnut Street, Sunbury.

One Response to “Joanne Powell”

  1. ldh007 says:

    Joanne was amazing. We were so fortunate to have her in the ISR purchasing office. (ISR is now known as Library and IT.) Any time we traveled, Joanne arranged a helpful packet with all the information we needed, and she processed our receipts afterwards. She even arranged for cash advances if necessary. She provided top-notch service. We were always amazed at the range of responsibilities that Joanne performed with such extraordinary skill. She managed a huge amount of purchases using the ISR credit card, making the rest of our lives so much easier.

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