Joanne Christine Cook Wilson went to join her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, after a short illness. She was at home surrounded by her husband and daughter when she died. She and her husband had recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. There was a bond built on faith in Christ, understanding that time is eternal and their final resting place will be with Him in heaven. Joanne was 84 years old.
She was born on April 8, 1938 to Alma and Steven Cook, both deceased before, in the town of Elmira, NY, where she grew up. Joanne leaves behind two grandchildren, Chelsea Sweet and Ryan (Katy Fykes) Sweet as well as two great-grandchildren, Cecilia and Charlotte Sweet. Joanne had a sister, Pauline Taylor, who predeceased her, and a surviving nephew, Steve Cook, and a niece, Christine Taylor Dutton.
Joanne attended Keuka College and began her teaching career in 1961. She taught middle school science in the Baldwinsville School District for 35 years and retired in 1997. Since retiring, she has traveled with her husband, spent time with her daughter and grandchildren, and volunteered at her home. church. She was very sociable and befriended simple strangers wherever she went. She touched hundreds of lives in her lifetime and made people feel valued and loved.
There will be call times at the Falardeau Funeral Home in Baldwinsville on Sunday, May 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. The pastor of Faith Baptist Church will offer a few words at the end of call hours. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Syracuse Rescue Mission.