Joan E. Sears
Joan E. Sears, 87, of Brooks Bend Road, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Queens, N.Y., on July 17, 1932, the daughter of Pope and Florence (Benze) Harris.
Joan attended various schools on Long Island and graduated from Andrew Jackson High in 1950.
After finishing high school Joan enrolled at Plattsburgh State University College in the nursing education division. She and and Jim met and began dating. Their courtship continued for four years, and they were married July 24, 1954, in Malvern, Long Island. The courtship and marriage lasted sixty-nine years. The love will last forever.
Joan was a devoted wife, mother and daughter who always had selfless consideration for others. She taught her children to see the good in others and to always lend a hand to those in need. Her children were the joy of her life and she was the joy of theirs.
Survivors include her husband, James F. Sears Sr. of Plattsburgh; two sons, James (Kelly) Sears Jr. of Marshfield, Mass., and Micheal (Johnna) Sears of Placida, Fla.; seven daughters, Kim (Dale) Dowdle of Plattsburgh, Susan (Thomas) Ryan of Plattsburgh, Barbara Sherman of Plattsburgh, Mary (Christopher) Montroy of Albemarll, N.C., Patricia (Micheal) Cullina of Moore, Okla., Carrie Plumadore of Clayburg and Elizabeth (Phillip) Mussig of Clinton Corners, N.Y.; one sister, Mary Lou O'Leary of Whiting, N.J.; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her father and her mother, whom she happily took care of for thirty plus years; a son-in-law, Colin Plumadore; and brother-in-law, Daniel O'Leary.
There will be no public calling hours.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church in West Chazy. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of the North Country.
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Published on October 11, 2019


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Ron Riker, Texas
Oct 16, 2019
I was one of the fortunate ones to have had the opportunity to be blessed for a time with Joan in my life. She was one of a kind and special. I send my condolences to Jim and the Sears family, such fond and wonderful memories.
Oliver Blaise, Jr.
Oct 13, 2019
My condolences to you and your family on Joan's passing! The two of you had a wonderful life together, and the pleasure of watching your family grow and succeed.
I remember well my nine years of working with you at BCS, and what a great leader that you were.
You and your family are in my prayers.

Oliver Blaise, Jr.
Allison Condo
Oct 13, 2019
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Allison (Smith) and Terry Condo
Oct 13, 2019
So many, many fond memories, precious, beautiful memories of Joan, Joan and Jim and dear family.....
We are sending our deepest condolences to all, keeping you in our thoughts and close to our hearts always.
Carolyn Ashline Johnson
Oct 12, 2019
Dear Sears Family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. A great loss it is. Your Mom always took the time to ask about me and my day. I couldn’t have asked for a better “second mom” to grow up next to. I’m grateful I just got to see and visit with her and your Dad. My thoughts are with you all.
Dana Jean Schmergel Carrus
Oct 12, 2019
Our sympathies for you and your family. Here’s a good photo of Joan with Jean Smith at Smith Camp summer 2012, loving memories.
Dana, Matthew and Henry
Gay (Smith) and Bill Schmergel
Oct 12, 2019
Oh my. We offer our deepest condolences to Jim and all the Sears family.
Joan was one of the great ones. She held a special spot in the hearts of my parents, Aunt Jean and Uncle Ron Smith. Whenever Joan and Jim, or any Sears were coming for a visit, it was a high time for celebration in our house. Always upbeat, always full of the latest family news, Joan was a beacon of happiness. I can not remember an unkind word coming from Joan. We are all bursting with memories of a grand lady. She will be missed by many, as she was loved by many.
We were all lucky to have her in our lives - and she was lucky to have Jim, and all her children and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in her life. A li
...fe well lived.
Good Bye Sweet Cousin Joan, I have no doubt, the angels will be following you.
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Cathy & Bob Arruda
Oct 12, 2019
Dear Barb & Jeremy,

Please know that you and the entire Sears family are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Your Mother was such a beautiful woman in many ways, and she had a heart of gold! I remember a time when a family was going through a serious financial hardship and she gave you money to bring to them so they could put food on their table. This is just one example of the many, many times she gave so selflessly. May God grant her eternal peace! We think of you often. Please come for a visit, our home is always open!

Love, Cathy & Bob
Brenda (Parrott) Mussaw
Oct 12, 2019
My prayers & sympathy to Kim & Dale, your Dad & the Sears family. I hope the memories of happy family times created by your Mom & Dad will help all of you during this sad time.