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Joanne Jurecko Purnell

  • On August 12, 2020

Joanne Jurecko Purnell, a dedicated wife, mom, sister, and friend, died suddenly on Saturday, August 8thsurrounded by her family. She was 67.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA to John and Bernice Jurecko, Joan grew up on Guenevere Drive. She graduated from North Allegheny High School ‘70 and Indiana University of Pennsylvania ‘74.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Joan launched her career in the management training program of Pittsburgh National Bank where she met her husband, Rick. They were married in 1976 at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church. Their daughter, Lauren Sue Purnell, was born in Worthington, Ohio in 1980.

To know Joan meant to appreciate her gregarious nature and generous heart. Joan created lifelong friendships wherever she lived, including Sagewood Court, Upper St. Clair, and Cherry Valley Lakeview Estates. She dedicated herself to her family and felt great pride in making a warm and welcoming home. Joan and Rick traveled extensively in Europe, exploring her Hungarian heritage and her passion for Christmas Markets. Joan loved Christmas, dogs, vacations in Maine and her trips to Charlottesville.

Joan is survived by her husband, Richard Purnell, and her daughter Lauren and son-in-law Joseph Kyle Swingle; her sister Susan Jurecko Brozick, brother-in-law Joseph Brozick, her nephews John (Nicole) and Justin Brozick; her great-niece Eleanor; her godsons Joseph and John Kushner; her many cousins and “adopted” children.

A covid-sensitive in-person gathering will be held at Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurry PA on Friday, August 14th from 1-3pm. There will also be a virtual receiving line on Friday afternoon, for details email lobsterzoom@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to your local SPCA or food pantry.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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Terri Nimpfer
  • Aug 12 2020
I’m so sorry. Joanne was the best . I loved her. Always a smile and kind words. As her mail carrier, she was always quick to offer me cold water in summer and a place to warmup in winter. I will think of her often and will miss her terribly. Prayers to the family for strength and healing. God speed .
Cindy Melton
  • Aug 12 2020
Joan was such a loving and generous person. Even though we didn’t see each other often after she moved from Columbus, Joan was a friend forever. I will always miss her presence and loving nature. She was the Wonderful daytime mom to my firstborn, Jeremy. Joan was always positive and upbeat and looked for the fun and happiness in everything. I love you Joan and Rick. Love, Cindy
Joy & Bruce Wise
  • Aug 12 2020
Dear Rick and Lauren and Family , It was with extreme shock and deep sadness that we learned of Joan's passing . We know that there are no words at this time that help ease your grief and sorrow. The Summerwood friendship was an extraordinary thing ,lasting all these years. With each of us living in different areas of the country, we reconnected on Facebook several years ago . I always looked forward to finding new posts and pictures! May God bless all of you and may you gain comfort in knowing what a treasured person she was to so many .
Earl & Georgiana Petrucci
  • Aug 14 2020
A shining light has left our world and now we are in a darker place. That shining light was Joan Purnell. Joan was a Beacon Light for her family & friends. We hope to see Joan's Beacon Light when we need her to guide us thru these trying times and help us find our way. May your memory shine bright in all our hearts.
Susanna Purnell
  • Aug 14 2020
Granpere and I are so sorry not to be there. But we hope you feel our sorrow and support across the miles. We pray for your strength and comfort now and in the coming days. God bless and All our love, Susanna and Granpere
Dayl Jewell
  • Aug 15 2020
My condolences to the family of Joanne. It was my pleasure to work with Joanne many years ago—besides being a smart banker, she was always a ray of sunshine with a smile on her face and a kind heart. She was truly special.