Joan M. (Allcroft) Matlock Schonwald
Joan M. (Allcroft) Matlack Schonwald, 84, went home to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 7, after a brief illness. Loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, and great friend to many, Joan will live on in the many fond memories of her love of life, family, church, singing, Manhattan, cats, Fox News, and, most importantly, family.
Joan was born February 9, 1929 in Ada, a small town in northwestern Ohio, known primarily as the home of Ohio Northern University. Her parents, gone now, but not forgotten, were James W. Allcroft, an instructor at the university, and Cecile L. Bearinger. In the 1930’s, Joan moved to New Jersey with her brothers and sisters; James, “Polly”, Roger, Robert, “Tucky”, and Richard. Now Polly, Bob, and Don Schreiber remain as the elders of the Allcroft family. Two of her other sisters, Cecile and Aline, died just before Joan was born. Joan’s many nieces and nephews, each one special to her, join in the number of those who will miss her.
From her home in Kenilworth, Joan attended and graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School and the Berkeley Secretarial School. Joan spent her working life as a secretary, at which she excelled.
Through her friends at the Kenilworth Bible Chapel, Joan met and married Philip R. Matlack (deceased) of Trenton in 1950. With him, Joan had a son, Philip “Randy” Matlack, and a daughter, Kathy J (Matlack) Barclay. Joan leaves behind Randy; his son Michael, son Dennis Deemer and his wife Meghan, their two sons, Jack and Ryan; son Jonathan Deemer and his son Jonathan; and daughter Erica Deemer. Joan also leaves behind Kathy and her husband, Thomas Barclay, and their three children, Rachael, Laura, and Daniel. All will miss her more than words can say, but each wishes her peace and comfort in the kingdom of heaven, to which she has gone.
Joan met and married the love of her life, Wallace J. Schonwald, at the N.J. Department of Transportation, where they both worked, and from which Joan retired. The sparks were always flying between Joan and Wally. Season ticket holders and avid fans of the N.Y. Giants, the N.Y. Knicks, the N.Y. City Ballet, and the N.Y. City Opera, Joan and Wally lit up the city in great style, dining at every great restaurant in the area of their Murray Hill apartment. Wally predeceased Joan nearly two years ago now.
Family and friends will gather on Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Avenue, Ewing Township, N.J.
A brief service at the funeral home will take place on Friday, November 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM, followed by burial at 10:30 AM, at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, in Newtown, PA., where Joan will be laid to rest. Visit www.murphyfh.com
Proverbs 31: 28 - 31
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised
Posted on 09 Nov 2013 by MFH