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Joanne M. (Garbacik) Kohler

January 16, 1947 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 73)


Joanne M. Kohler, 73, of Sugarloaf, passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes Barre, following post surgical complications.

BBorn in Hazleton, January 16, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Harkins) Garbacik and spent most of her life Sugarloaf, after being raised in Weatherly.

Joanne was a dedicated mother, grandmother and loyal friend.  She always put family first and took great pride in the successes of her children and grandchildren.  Her love for music and musicals was contagious.  Joanne attended The Dinner Club with her closest friends for over 30 years, sharing a life time of memories. 

Joanne was a very hard worker at All-Phase Electric Supply, Friedman Electric., and the Continuing Education Department at Luzerne Community College.  

She was preceded in death, in addition to her mother, by her loving husband James Allen Kohler, Jr., who passed away September 3, 2017; and a sister Kathy Schellhammer.

Surviving are two children, Kimberly Martini Baran and her husband Tony, Sugarloaf; and  James Kohler and his wife Jasmin, Evergreen, CO; a step-daughter Denise Kohler and her husband Walter Cornet, Bensalem; four grandchildren, Owen, Olivia, Alex, and Mia; two step-grandchildren, Jake and Abby; and several nieces.

Her funeral is currently postponed due to unforeseen circumstances and a rescheduled date will be announced when available. 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 East Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.  Online condolences can be entered and more information is available at

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