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Joan M. (Croop) Franklin

July 8, 1940 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Joan Franklin Obituary

Joan M. (Croop) Franklin, 83, of Bloomsburg and formerly of Benton, died Wednesday morning, January 24, 2024 at Brookdale, Bloomsburg.                                                                     

Born July 8, 1940 in Hunlock Creek, Luzerne County, she was a daughter of the late Dale V. and Wanda (Pembleton) Croop.  She was preceded in death  by her husband of 54 years, A. Paul Franklin, on December 28, 2021.

Joan was a graduate of Northwest Area High School in 1958.  In her younger years, she worked briefly for Wise Potato Chip Company in Berwick, but for most of her life was a homemaker.  

She was a very active member of Benton Christian Church, where she had served as an Elder, Deacon and was Secretary of the Board.  She was also a former president of the Christian Women's Fellowship, of Pennsylvania.

After moving to Bloomsburg, she attended the First English Baptist Church.

Joan was also very active at the Patterson Grove Campground, where she and Paul enjoyed spending their summers.

Surviving, are her children:  Carl Franklin and his wife, Linda, of Mechanicsburg; Timothy Franklin, of Bloomsburg; Larry Cornell and his wife, Sara, of Bear Creek; Thomas Cornell, of Bradenton, Florida; Lynne Watson, of Benton; also surviving are her nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. Also surviving is her sister, Ida Jean Regulski, of N. Tonawanda, NY.

Private Graveside Services will be held at the convenience of the family at Scott Cemetery, Waterton under the direction of the McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., 4394 Red Rock Road, Benton.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Benton Christian Church, P. O. Box 264, Benton, PA 17814 or to the Patterson Grove Campground, 1128 Bethel Hill Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655.  

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Private Graveside

Scott Cemetery
Waterton, PA 00000


Benton Christian Church
P.O.Box 264, Benton PA 17814

Patterson Grove Campground
1128 Bethel Hill Road, Shickshinny PA 18655


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