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Joanne Kathleen Szymanski  

Joanne Kathleen Szymanski

January 27, 1953 – July 6, 2018

Joanne Kathleen Szymanski, age 65, of Still Pond, MD, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 6, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 27, 1953, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Constance (Perialas) Szymanski.  Joanne graduated from Conrad High School in 1971, followed by U of D with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture.  She dedicated her career as an HSES Manager with Eastman Specialties Corporation in Worton, MD and was just shy of 25 years of service on July 28, 2018.

Passionate about horses, Joanne worked as a groom for Nick Neilson Thoroughbred race trainer.  She also enhanced her skills while working for Richard Dutrow, Sr., who was a member of MD Racings “Big Four.”  She purchased several horse farms, first in LochRaven, then Hunt Valley and Still Pond.  After leaving LockRaven, Joanne proudly worked for Dr. Thomas Bowman on his farm.  She was also a member of the American Thoroughbred Association.  In addition to her love of horses, she enjoyed shopping, reading,  playing pinochle and working on Sudoku puzzles.

In addition to her parents, Joanne was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Ellen Driscoll.  She is survived by her aunt Hilda Parialas and many loving cousins.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, 905 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD, where a memorial service will be held at 11 am.  Interment will be held privately in Gracelawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joanne’s name to Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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  1. Jenna “Reds” Pacheco, July 15, 2018

    My sweet Joanne. I cared for Joanne in the chemo suite at the Helen Graham Center. She was such a special lady. We formed a very special bond from the beginning. I will miss her dearly. Please accept my condolences. I will Keep you all in my prayers. Jenna “Reds”

  2. Nora, July 22, 2018

    Fond memory of Joanne’s kind heart and her love of horses including Secretariat. Condolences to her family.

    Nora Gibison Bonsall
    St. Matthews grade school 1967

  3. Mark Garver, July 26, 2018

    Very sad to hear of Joanne’s passing…loved working with her and Miss Nancy on the safety committee during my time at Velsicol ( now Eastman)….Very nice lady …..

  4. Sandy LaRue Dowling, August 5, 2018

    Remembering a kind, bright, and humble classmate from St. Matthews Grade School and Conrad High School. Rest In Peace, Joanne♥️

  5. Ann Merritt, August 5, 2018

    Condolences to the family on the loss of my friend. May she rest in peace.

  6. Bill Parsons, August 5, 2018

    RIP JoAnne – Blessed are the pure in Heart! One of the passions we shared was following the
    Fightin’ Blue Hens. GOOD TIMES

  7. David Carroll, August 6, 2018

    Joanne was a wonderful and caring person , I worked with Joanne for 25 years and you could not ask for a better person she really cared for her fellow employees as well for the companies best interest and she will be truly missed , get memories that last me a life time.

  8. Toni Villella, August 21, 2018

    Joanne was such a kind and amazing woman. I always enjoyed having a moment to chat with her when I came by Eastman. My condolences go out to her family, friends and colleagues. Heaven has gained a beautiful soul.


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