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JOAN H. HARMON, HELPED THE HOMELESS

Joan H. Harmon, 80, of Cheektowaga, a former department store sales associate and a volunteer for homeless people, died Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) in Schofield Residence, Town of Tonawanda, after a long illness.

Born Joan Hamilton in Rochester, she came to Buffalo with her family as a child and was a 1938 graduate of Lafayette High School.

During World War II, she worked as a parachute rigger at Vultee Aircraft Co. in Nashville, Tenn.

The mother of eight, she worked as a sales associate in the foundations department of AM&A's downtown store in the late 1970s and 1980s.

She worked as a volunteer with homeless people, preparing food and serving meals with her lifelong friend, Rose Adamski.

She enjoyed cooking and was a longtime supporter of Canisius College, which several of her children attended.

She and Robert Tod Harmon, a machine parts inspector in the aeronautical industry, were married in 1941. He died in 1978.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas of Cheektowaga, William of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Robert of Herndon, Va.; five daughters, Regina Gentry of Rochester, Elizabeth Tauriello of Philadelphia, Monica O'Neil of Williamsville, Mary H. Eberl and Moira Moldenhauer; a sister, Elizabeth Drake of St. Augustine, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Chapel at Canisius College, 2001 Main St., after prayers at 9:15 in Amigone Funeral Home, 1132 Delaware Ave. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

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