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 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 Michael (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 (Michael) 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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Arrangements have been entrusted to the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Published on October 14, 2019


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Cecilia (Lavigne)Carr
Nov 02, 2019
Jim and family so sorry to hear about Joan she was always good to me and I remember her fondly I live in Punta gorda fla lost touch with family
Thonas A O'Leary
Oct 15, 2019
I love Aunt Joan with all my heart. She is wonderful and now in the hands of God. I will always think fondly of all the great times I had with the Sears family over the years and Joan being the center of it.
Tami Huckeba Gastio
Oct 14, 2019
Jim and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jo was such a wonderful person. Madeline (Aunt Mad) always thought I should be like her but the bar set by Jo was too high.

I loved her art. She was clearly talented. Jo will surely be missed.

Thoughts and prayers,

Tami and family