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Joanne Cote

Joanne E. Cote (Rapak)

May 26, 1941 - November 28, 2019
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Joanne E. (Rapak) Cote, 78, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 28, 2019, in her Bern Township residence, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Anna (Bednar) Rapak, and the loving wife of James P. Cote, who passed in 2016.

A graduate of Reading High School, Joanne earned her RN degree from the Misericordia School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and worked as a nurse for many years, both in private medical practices and at various nursing homes throughout Berks County. In fact, she devoted her entire life to caring for others, always placing the needs of those around her above herself.

Joanne was a great mom, supportive of her sons in everything they did, and making sure everyone in the neighborhood was well-fed. She was also a master gardener with the Penn State Extension, and enjoyed traveling, first with her husband throughout the world, and later with her grandkids, especially to Knoebels.

Joanne is survived by her sons: Christopher, husband of Mitzi, Mohrsville; and Kenneth, husband of Sarah, Bloomington, IN. She was also an amazing Granny to her three grandchildren: Cassandra, Cameron and Nicholas, who will dearly miss her. In addition to her husband, Joanne was predeceased by a sister, Rose Mary Rapak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Joanne at 11:00am on Friday, December 6, 2019, at Holy Guardian Angels RC Church, 3121 Kutztown Road, Reading, followed by her burial at Gethsemane Cemetery. Public viewings will be held Thursday evening, from 5:00-7:00pm, and Friday morning from 9:30-10:30am, at Kuhn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 5153 Kutztown Road, Temple.

Condolences may be expressed at www.kuhnfuneralhomes.com.
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  • Visitation

    December 5, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    December 5, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kuhn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
    5153 Kutztown Road
    Temple, PA 19560
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    December 6, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    December 6, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    Kuhn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
    5153 Kutztown Road
    Temple, PA 19560
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    December 6, 2019 | 11:00am
    December 6, 2019 11:00am
    Holy Guardian Angels Roman Catholic Church
    3121 Kutztown Rd.
    Reading, Pennsylvania 19605
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    Rev. Robert T. Finlan
  • Interment

    December 6, 2019 | 12:00pm
    December 6, 2019 12:00pm
    Gethsemane Cemetery
    3139 Kutztown Road
    READING, PA 19605
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Stacey Hawkins

Posted at 01:59pm
It was our pleasure at Griswold Home Care to assist in the care of Mrs. Cote. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead. Our deepest sympathies.

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Posted at 11:27am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Pamela R Berger

Posted at 09:58pm
We were privileged to be next door neighbors with Jim and Joanne for several years. Our sons grew up in the same neighborhood. We could always depend on a smile and pleasant words from Joanne. She was a devoted wife and mother, raising two sons as we did also. Great memories of our neighborhood summer picnics and snow tunnels the boys would build. Condolences to Chris, Ken and their families. Sincerely, Del and Pam Berger

Bob Rapak

Posted at 09:42pm
So very glad we've recently had the opportunity to share memories, stories and family time together. "Cousin Joanne" will be dearly missed. Her love for her family will stay in our hearts forever. We were all blessed to have her in our lives.


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