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Joan Lockwood Wheeler, age 86, of Roanoke, Indiana, and formerly of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, went to be with her Lord Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 12:14 pm at North Woods Village, Fort Wayne. She had worked at Point Pleasant Hospital in obstetrics, then Jersey Shore University Medical Center in labor and delivery. She retired after serving as a school nurse in Point Pleasant for 32 years and was the first girls’ tennis coach at the high school. Joan volunteered as a counselor at the Open Door pregnancy center and also served in prison ministries. She served her Lord with her church family at Trinity Bible Church in Brick, New Jersey, until moving to Indiana in 2005 where she joined the Roanoke Baptist Church.
Behind the scenes she blessed many others through her generous heart of giving. Joan always loved the outdoors and growing beautiful plants and flowers. She especially enjoyed greeting friends during her daily walks around her neighborhood. A favorite Bible verse is "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
Joan was born March 22, 1932, in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, a daughter of Crawford and Jessie (McTague) Lockwood. She graduated from PPB High School in 1949 and University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1952. She also attended Trenton State University for school nurse certification.
She is survived by 2 daughters Jennifer (Richard) Trawinski of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, and Susette (Christopher) Croy of Roanoke, 4 grandchildren John (Janna) Croy, Stephen Croy, Elisabeth (Brian) Borodin, and Michael (Jimena) Croy, and 5 great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Emmett, Carter, Chloe, and Noelle, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters Harriet Daiker and Jill Bennett and a brother R. Barry Lockwood.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 26, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm preceding the 1:00 PM funeral service at Roanoke Baptist Church. Pastor Mike Tarr will officiate. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery, Roanoke.
Preferred memorials are to Missions outreach at Roanoke Baptist Church c/o Roanoke Memorial Chapel of Deal-Rice Funeral Homes, 240 Crestwood Drive, Roanoke, IN 46783.