Joan (Stackhouse) Bankus

Joan (Stackhouse) Bankus, 73, of Mifflinville passed away August 31, 2017 after a long battle with illness. 

Born in Plainfield Township, PA on November 16, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Aaron W. and Lucy E. (Hahn) Stackhouse. Joan graduated from Pen Argyl High School and later Bloomsburg State College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She worked as a primary education teacher in the Central Columbia School District for about 37 years. 

Joan was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Nescopeck, where she sang in the choir as well as serving on on several committees.  Joan was also a member of the the Jubilate Choir and Bicentennial Choir. She liked to garden, knit and crochet, and was well known for her handmade crocheted Christmas ornaments. She loved sporting events, especially ones where she could cheer on her family, and was well known as an avid fan of the University of Tennessee. 

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Lynn Conner, Bloomsburg; and son, Michael J. Conner, Mifflinville. She also leaves behind a sister, Karen Pysher and husband Bill, Bethlehem; brothers, Dr. Duane Stackhouse and wife Doris, Bethlehem; Karl Stackhouse and wife Jan, Nazareth; Gary Stackhouse and wife Nancy, Forest, VA; Neil Stackhouse and wife Linda, Wind Gap; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded by her husband Frederick Bankus in 1996.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Broad Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Interment in Plainfield Union Cemetery, Pen Argyl will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 or, a charity organization that was very dear to Joan’s heart. These contributions will be used to help with hurricane Harvey flood relief.

Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family. Online messages of comfort may be sent to