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Joan E. Navin

February 23, 2020


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Joan E. Navin

February 23, 2020


Joan E. Navin, 74, of Mountain Top, died peacefully at home on Sunday, February 23, 2020, losing her long battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family.


Born in Wilkes-Barre Township, Joan was the daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Milienewicz) Kashuba. She was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School, class of 1963. She worked the summer before her senior year in Washington, D.C. for the Navy Department. She then worked for American Auto Stores and at the Social Security Direct Operations Center in Wilkes-Barre. Joan started her own manufacturing business which she operated for 20 years before moving on to work at J.C. Penney. She went back to work at Social Security and retired on September 30th, 2009.


Joan loved life and enjoyed being with and helping everyone. She especially loved being with her family. She was a person of strong faith and would always say, “I will be fine, God is watching over me.”


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Joseph and a brother Michael Kashuba in 2011; aunts and uncles.


She is survived by her loving husband, James Navin, with whom she celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in August 2019; daughter, Nicole Cook and her husband, Jason; step children, Lisa Karchin and her husband, Dennis; James Navin Jr. and his wife, Christine; 5 step grandchildren.  She was close to and loved her cousins, nieces, nephews and their families as well as her wonderful friends who helped her through every step of this awful disease. A special thank you to Father Lewis Canino, N.C., and Father James Alco, Wilkes-Barre. Their prayers and words of encouragement meant so much.


Funeral services will be held on Friday at 9 AM from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 AM in St. Jude Church, 420 S. Mountain Blvd. (Rte 309), Mountain Top. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Friends may call on Thursday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Joan’s memory to a charity of your choice.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Joan’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.