2018-04-14 / Obituaries

Joan Elizabeth Keniston

Joan Elizabeth Keniston, 83, of Howard Siding, died April 3, 2018, at her daughter’s home in South Chesterfield, Va., follow­ing a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 8, 1935 in Everett, she was the daughter of Cecil and Mildred Fletcher. After gradua­tion from Bedford High School, she met Allen “Rod” Keniston, who was assigned by Penn State University as the Bedford Coun­ty

Assistant Extension Agent. On Oct. 10, 1955, in Winchester, Va., they were married.

In 1962 they moved their family to Emporium. They successfully raised four children in Cameron County and celebrated their 50th wedding anniver­sary in October 2005.

On Sept. 6, 1958, Joan was baptized as one of Je­hovah’s Witnesses. Right up to her death, she regu­larly shared with anyone who would listen the Bible’s message that God’s Kingdom will soon restore the earth back to a paradise and that by means of Jesus’ Ransom sacrifice humans can enjoy perfect health and everlasting life in that paradise.

She is survived by her “favorite” daughter, Kym­berly & Mark Pond of South Chesterfield, Va.; three sons, Mark & Pattina Keniston of Camden, N.Y., Zane & Gina Keniston of Belmont, N.Y., and Allen & Stephanie Keniston of St. Marys; three granddaugh­ters, Emily & Adam Wallis, Jovanna & James Cur­tis, both of Rome, N.Y., and Jazlin Rose Keniston, of St. Marys; and a grandson, Gage Michael Keniston of St. Marys. Also surviving are five sisters, Lor­raine & Bruce Richmond of Bedford, Linda Smith of Hobe Sound, Fla., Martha & Larry Eshelman of Shelby, Ohio, Katie Fletcher of Chambersburg, and Robin & Blake Brailler of Everett; three brothers, James & Judy Fletcher of Reidville, S.C., Phillip & Anna Fletcher of Las Vegas, Nev., and Clifton “Hop” Fletcher in Phoenix, Ariz. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews; and one special niece be­ing Terri Ann Suladie of Emporium.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her hus­band, and her brother Dennis Fletcher of Bedford. Dennis’ wife, Josephine, survives.

There will be no visitation. A funeral service, con­ducted by Donald Malize, will be held at 2 pm Sat­urday, April 21, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 339 Main Street, Kersey, PA 15846. Do­nations can be made online at jw.org.

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