Joanne C. Polentz, 67, of Stone Mountain, GA, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014. Daughter of the late Cyril R. Kranick and Vivian M. (Flynn) Kranick, she was born in Scranton, PA on June 27, 1946. She resided in Stone Mountain for 36 years, but also previously lived in Scranton, PA; Kaneohe, HI; Virginia Beach, VA; Albany, GA and Wyomissing, PA. Joanne was a 1964 graduate of Marywood Seminary and received her RN from Scranton State General Hospital School of Nursing in 1967, going to work at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, PA. Joanne married Bernard T. Polentz, formerly of Scranton, PA, at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Clarks Summit, PA, March 30, 1970. They recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary. Joanne was an active member of every community in which she lived. A member of the Officers Wives Club, she also was a case counselor with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, GA. She was a Girl Scout troop leader, Service Unit Director, and helmed GS summer day camp, Camp Top O’Rock. She volunteered in the Stone Mountain High office, and was a founding member/past President of the MLR Homeowner’s Association, member of the Rockbridge Coalition, and most recently served as treasurer of Summerville Homeowner’s Association. Joanne was a beloved and dedicated member of the parish at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Through the years, she taught CCD classes; assisted with annual holiday food drives to assist local families; organized fundraising teams for the Atlanta Hunger Walk, and was an usher. Joanne was also a member/past President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. In her spare time, Joanne enjoyed spending time with her family; playing her piano; reading European history; ALTA and USTA tennis; studying family genealogy; world travel and bird-watching. In addition to her husband, Bernie (Major, USMC Retired), Joanne is survived by two daughters, Kirsten P. Haas and husband Chris, of Wyomissing, PA, and Bethany A. Polentz and husband, Robert Barics, of Alameda, CA; two step-grandchildren, Theo and Ella Barics; three brothers, Cyril Kranick and wife Nancy of Collegeville, PA, Robert Kranick and wife Joan, and Richard Kranick of Clarks Summit, PA; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins world-wide. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd at 11:00 AM, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 600 Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain, GA with a reception to follow immediately afterwards. Wages & Sons Funeral Home, 1040 Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. For more information, visit

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  1. To Bethany and the whole family:
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Words are of small comfort, but please know that you have my love, thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences. May you find comfort in the deep love that I know Joanne had for all of you.

  2. Not only was Joanne part of every community she lived or worked in, she also made community everywhere she went. She never met a stranger, and understood hospitality and friendship to be central to life. She was fun, funny, fun to be around, and kind. She will be fervently remembered not just by those who loved her, but all who had the chance to meet her.

  3. Dearest Bernie, Kirsten, Bethany, Chris, Rob, Theo, Ella, and the entire family. My deepest condolences for your loss. I cannot even begin to express my sadness and it has been hard to find the words to let you know how sorry I am. Joanne made me feel like another daughter, a member of the Polentz family, and touched my life in such a wonderful way. You are in my thoughts and heart. I love you all.

  4. So very sorry for your loss, Jackie and I will be praying for your family during this trying time. God bless all of you there.

  5. Dear Bernie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I know it is a great void . I am putting you all on all my prayer lists and feel the love coming your way. Joanne will truely be missed by all those she touched in her life. love to you all from one of the Marywood girls

  6. My deepest condolences for you loss. Words are only a small offering of my sympathy for you. I will hold you close to my heart in my thoughts and prayers. May peace be with you.

  7. Bernie, Kristen, Bethany and family, Our family feels a deep loss even knowing that Joanne has gone on to the greatest gain, her reward in Heaven. peace be with you as you are now full engulfed in her love (as you always were) and know she is watching you from above. it is times like these that God lifts you and holds you closer. God bless and may you always be the angel you were on Earth, Joanne. Love deeply, The Loyd family, James, Karen, Heather and Holly.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. May your many happy memories lighten your heavy hearts in the days to come. Your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. My most heart felt condolences.

  9. My deepest sympathies. The world list an amazing, funny, spunky and caring woman. The entire family is in my prayers.

  10. Bernie and family, I have no words to express my sorrow but please accept my condolences. Joanne and I met almost 50 years ago and while we didn’t always have the opportunity to spend time together she was a good friend to me and everyone else she met. She was a “go do” person, never one to sit on the sidelines. When she saw something needed to be done she was there. She is irreplaceable and is sorely missed.

  11. Bernie…we’re so sorry for your loss. I’m sorry that we didn’t get the opportunity to know her better. You’re a strong man so difficult as it may be, soon you’ll be able to celebrate your life together without the sorrow that you feel now.

  12. We are so sorry for the family’s loss. We will miss Joanne’s telephone calls, jokes,cards and loving thoughts. A very loving member of our family is now with the angels in heaven. Our thoughts. and prayers are with all of you.

  13. We are very sorry for your loss Bernie. We pray for God’s peace for you and your family.

  14. Bernie, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  15. Bernie, Kirsten and Bethany – We are very sorry for your loss. Joanne was always such an outgoing and funloving person. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. We are so sorry for your loss. Joanne was such a unique and special person. We always enjoyed her company and her great humor.. We will miss her a lot. We will miss seeing you Tuesday as we are on the way to Conn. but you and Joanne will be in our thoughts an prayers.

  17. Bernie, we are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Bernie and family, it was always so refreshing hearing Joanne and Bernie on their screened porch, answering that phone
    I always thought was mine ringing. Always watching as I passed the house what new was being added. I can see now
    why so much activity always going on .Joanne was so involved and active and kept that Bernie moving….all the time.
    I will miss their chatting in the afternoon, and the lights on until late on the porch.. To all the family what a memory of such a good mom. I wish I had gotten to know her better. My condolences to you all ..

    Pattie Brown/Neighbor

  19. Bernie,
    I’m very sorry to read about Joanne’s passing away. I know you will truly miss her. She sounded like a wonderful person–very busy and involved in many activites and organizations. She certainly had many friends and was well-liked in all the places you lived in over the years. You were very lucky to enjoy her presence for 44 years. Will be thinking of you and keeping Joanne
    in our prayers.

    Alan and Nan Wandalowski

  20. Bernie,Bethany & Kirsten,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Thou we haven’t been in touch, we are still family and we will always be here for all of you. Just know there is another Angel in heaven. Look to the sky and her star will be shinning brightly for all of you.
    Again, my thoughts and prayers are for all.

  21. Bernie,

    I am so sorry that your wonderful wife has passed. You will be in your thoughts and prayers, and I look forward to seeing you back in the chorus.


  22. To the Polentz family: I recently heard about the loss of your dear mother & wife through a mutual friend. My heartfelt condolences to your family. I have very fond memories of Joanne- she was a very special woman. Sincerely, Maria Weddige-Gurney.

  23. Bernie,

    I am so sorry for you and your family I just found out about Joanne passing.
    No more than I knew her I can see why you chose to spend your life with her.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.



  24. Dear Bernie and family-
    A thousand pardons for not sending Prayers and condolences earlier; before 2014!
    I only heard recently from Joanne Sand( Sem class of ’64) that Joanne had passed; never said what year.
    I met Joanne at the second Grand Sem Reunion. I was in the boarders; class of ’65 and seeing Joanne, I remembered her from years back!
    I spoke once; for a length of time with her at her home on the phone.
    She was a great lady and so full of energy! God rest her soul.

    Will mail you a much belated Mass card for her.

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