Rousseaux, Joan L.


Joan L. Rousseaux, 71, of Mayport, a retired associate member who served as a pastor and directed the Women Ministers Chorus, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at home.

Born Jan. 2, 1946, in McKeesport, a daughter of the late Edna (Williams) and John Greenewald, she married Armand A. Rousseaux, who survives, on
on April 12, 1969. 

Joan attended Thomas Jefferson High School. She graduated with honors as a music major from Indiana University of PA and completed the Course of Study at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Rousseaux served churches of the New Hope Parish in the Monongahela River Valley and the Mingo Creek Cluster from 1992-2003.  Sshe then moved to Indiana District and served churches of the Ringgold Charge until her retirement in 2012. Before serving as a local pastor she was the choir director for 17 years at Grace UMC in Coal Center and served as vice president of the United Methodist Women. 

Joan enjoyed crafts, crossword and word search puzzles and board games, especially Scrabble with her sisters. She loved sports, especially volleyball, in which she was very competitive. She also loved the ocean, reading, writing and singing. 

In addition to her husband, surviving relatives include daughter Nikki Rousseaux and her fiancé Branden Stasko of Belle Vernon; a grandson Bradyn Peterone; her sister Mary "Libby" Godlewski of Perryopolis; brother-in-law, Robert Williams of Elizabeth; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Dorothy Walters; and brother-in-law Robert Godlewski.

Friends were received at the Deeley Funeral Home in Punxsutawney, and the funeral service was Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at the Ringgold United Methodist Church, with Indiana District Superintendent Jim Pond officiating.
Interment was in Dry Ridge Cemetery.

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