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Joan H. (Hentkowski) Harris  

Joan H. (Hentkowski) Harris

June 1, 1937 – August, 7, 2016

Ms. Joan Marie (nee Hentkowski) Harris, age 79, of Wilmington, DE, died peacefully in her sleep on August, 7, 2016.

Born in Wilmington, DE on June 1, 1937, Joan was a 1955 graduate of Wilmington High School where she was a drum majorette. She worked in the bookkeeping industry for many years most recently retiring from Goodwill Industries. Over the many years in her community, Joan served as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts of America; President of the local chapter of Parents without Partners; and most recently she served as President of her Community Association.

Joan loved sunsets on the water, steamed crabs, Kielbasa, fried oysters, and most of all, spending time with her family.

She is survived by her beloved son, J. Michael Harris (Mariangela) and beloved granddaughter, Mickella Baxter Harris of Baltimore, MD; brother, William S. Hentkowski, Jr. (Judith) of New Castle, DE; sister-in-law, Marilyn S. Hentkowski of Avondale, PA; nephews, John W. Hentkowski, Jr. (Kym) of Elkton, MD and Stephen E. Hentkowski of Wilmington, DE; nieces, Barbara AMH Roberts (Brian) of Avondale, PA and Beth Hentkowski of Bloomsburg, PA.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Anna M. Konkowski Hentkowski, and father, William Stanley Hentkowski. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John W. Hentkowski.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Monday morning, August 15, 2016, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am and 11 am. Interment will be private. On September 24th, there will be a Celebration of Life in Baltimore for Joan’s extended family and friends.

Condolence cards, Mass cards, and/or well wishes can be sent in c/o Joan Harris, P.O. Box 633, White Marsh, MD 21162.

Joan’s brother, John W. Hentkowski worked tirelessly for many years with Rotary’s Polio Plus initiative in its efforts to eradicate the disease around the world. Joan was a survivor of the disease at a young age so in lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Joan may be made to The Rotary Foundation, 14280 Collections Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60693. Contributions should be marked for “Polio Plus.”

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  1. Ana Williams, August 11, 2016

    Please accept my condolences at this most difficult time.
    It is very hard to cope with the loss of a love one.
    Jesus opened the way for mankind to be released from
    death by means of the Earthly Resurrection stated in
    the bible. John 5:28,29

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  2. Della Gutowski, August 11, 2016

    Thoughts and prayers to the family during this sad time.

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  3. Pegi Slack, August 11, 2016

    Joan was an active member of Delaware Singles (40+) where we enjoyed playing cards and eating steamed crabs. Like her brother, John, she was a great dancer and knew how to have fun on the dance floor. She was always available to play cards or go out to eat when I would come to Delaware, so she will really be missed. My condolences to her family.

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  4. Currine, August 12, 2016

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one. I did not know Joan personally but I understand how difficult a time like this can be. May memories of her and our Heavenly Father, who is the God of all comfort, give you the strength and comfort that you need (2 Corinthians 1:3). Our Heavenly Father understands your pain because he too has experienced the death of his beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Just as God resurrected his Son, he yearns to resurrect our lovedtie ones as well (Job 14:14,15). I hope these words give you the comfort and peace you need during this difficult time.

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  5. Erne A. Shanahan and Family., August 12, 2016

    The Angel Gabriel sang Amazing Grace. The Lord came down and touched your face. He whispered soft and very low. “Come with me Joan, it’s time to go.” But you did not go alone, part of us went with you, the day God called you home. Till we meet again.

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  6. Doris Kennedy, August 15, 2016

    Please accept our sincere condolences and our appreciation for the beautiful flower arrangements.
    They have been placed in common areas for our residents to enjoy.
    Newark Manor Nursing Home

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  7. BOBBY AUSTIN, August 15, 2016

    Even tho I haven’t seen you since WHS I have thought many times of you. Now you are w/many of our classmates. May you rest in Peace.

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  8. Cathy Kipp, August 15, 2016

    I was so saddened to hear of Joan’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. I had the pleasure of working with Joan at Goodwill. She will be sadly missed!

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  9. Barbaranne Hagan, August 17, 2016

    So very sorry to receive the news about Joan’s aka (Fritz) passing. Paul Schofied called with the news. Paul , Joan and I had lunch at Kids when I get as home a couple of months ago. Always looked forward to our visits when in town and reminiscing about our Lucians days down Rehoboth. We have lost some of the best , Bob Feebey, Tom and Marylou Seelig
    and the list goes on.
    Save me a place at the beach for our Lucian reunion, probably won’t be too far behind
    All my love And prayers!

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  10. Tom "Simon" Seelig, August 18, 2016

    A dear life-long friend of my Mom, Aunt Joan was very special to all the Seelig boys. I don’t know if it really takes a village to raise a child or not, but I know Aunt Joan was one of the great loving adults we grew up around who taught us and influenced us into the people we are today. So thank-you, Aunt Joan, may you rest in peace. Joel Michael, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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