Joan E. Ragsdale, 93, teacher, active in clubs

By on April 10, 2013

Joan E. Ragsdale, 93, of Ephrata, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Ephrata Manor.

She was born in Ephrata to the late Carl and Hazel (Kresgee) Cox and was the wife of the late Earl Ragsdale who passed away in 1998.

Joan was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Ephrata. She graduated from Lebanon Valley College and was an English teacher and band director at Garden Spot High School. She was also a substitute teacher in the Ephrata School District. She served on the board of the Eicher Arts Center, was a member of the Ephrata American Legion Auxiliary, Cocalico Valley Historical Society and Ephrata Women’s Club. She enjoyed playing bridge and pinochle and loved music. Joan majored in trombone and also played the piano.

Joan is survived by a son: Joseph Earl, husband of Alice M. Ragsdale of Ephrata; three grandchildren: Eric, husband of Traci Ford of Stevens; Justin, husband of Deann Ragsdale of Maineville, Ohio; Angela Ragsdale of Lancaster; and five great-granddaughters: Aleigha, Alaughna, Analeigh, Claudia and Josephine.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by a son: John Ragsdale and a sister: Isobel Klinefelter.

A viewing was held April 9 at the Stradling Funeral Home, Ephrata, followed by her funeral with Rev. Walter Carter officiating. Interment took place April 10 in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to the Eicher Arts Center, P.O. Box 601, Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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