Joanna C. Sobieski\n\nSobieski (nee Fendrick), Joanna C. June 2, 2023. Age 91. Beloved wife for 61 years to Henry J. who preceded her in death in 2018. Beautiful mother of Theodore (Celeste), Thomas (Sharon), Joanna J., & Anthony (Ann). Devoted grandmother of Kevin, Joanna K., Timothy, Alexandra, Michael, Jenna (Jakob), & John.\n\nJoanna was born in Hazleton Pennsylvania to Anthony and Mary Fendrick. She was the youngest child of a very large clan who have all since preceded her in death. From her father’s first marriage she had six half-siblings, Samuel, Anna, Joseph, Ludwika, Stanley and Jadwiga. Her father, a widower, then married her mother Mary and they had seven children, Julie, Leonard, Clara, Henry, James, Lillian and baby Joanna. With her passing, sadly she was the last of the Fendrick clan.\n\nJoanna and her whole family were first generation Americans and she was a true ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter.’ Her father worked for the Cranberry Creek Coal Mining Company, where as a child she and her siblings would regularly sift through the culm-bank looking for leftover pieces of coal for the family to use. Always a dreamer, she loved to climb out her bedroom window and watch the stars at night. Growing up into an independent young woman, after graduating Hazleton High School in 1948 Joanna set off to see the west coast, visiting friends and family in California, Oregon, Washington and all the way up to Alaska. Eventually homesick she came back east in 1949 with plans to attend college. By this time her mother and three siblings had moved to Philadelphia, PA where Joanna joined her mother in the Tioga-Nicetown section of the city. She worked a number of jobs while taking college classes, from being a department store clerk, a teller, and most notably a dance instructor for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio.\n\nIn 1956 her sister Lillian coaxed Joanna into going on a blind date with a young man who was a friend of Lillian’s. His name was Henry. He swept the dance instructor off her feet and they quickly fell in love. They were married on June 8th 1957 and moved to Northeast Philadelphia where they were founding members of a new Catholic parish Our Lady of Calvary. Sadly their first child Henry died within days of his birth in early 1958. However the young couple's faith in God persevered and prayers were answered with the birth of their son Ted on Nov 6th 1958. Their next son Tom came soon afterward on May 10th 1961. Their daughter Joanna Joy was born on August 7th 1964 and lastly Tony was born on April 9th 1966. Joanna was a devoted wife and loving mother to her children, ensuring they were raised in the Catholic faith. \n\nThroughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, Joanna’s focus was on being a mom and wife. She loved seeing her sister Clara and family, and sister Lillian, and always found time to spend with her mother. Her sisters-in-law Stella, Wanda and Helen were like sisters to her and there were many family get-togethers and visits that she looked forward to. In 1985 with her children grown Joanna re-entered the workforce and went to work for the City of Philadelphia in the Department of Human Services. She worked for a number of years until finally deciding to enjoy retirement with her husband Hank, spending a lot of time at their shore house in the Villas, NJ. With the 1990s came her children’s marriages and grandchildren. She loved her daughters-in-law like they were her own and cherished being ‘Babci’ to her grandchildren. This also brought travel and lots of babysitting duties where her children were living.\n\nHer passions were her family and her faith. A devout Catholic, Joanna was very involved with the Pro-Life movement, also being an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist for her parish. Joanna’s husband had a severe stroke in 2017 and she did not miss a beat in taking care of the love of her life until his passing. She relished living her remaining days being Mom and Babci, enjoying family and sitting on her patio with her collection of assorted flowers and plants which she so loved to look at. Relatives and friends are invited to her viewing and funeral Friday June 9th, 9:30-11:00 a.m. viewing at TJ Fluehr Funeral Home, 11010 Knights Road, and Funeral Mass 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Calvary Church, 11024 Knights Road. Rite of Committal at Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem, PA. Donations in Joanna’s name may be made to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter www.fssp.com\n\nTo share a memory of Joanna, please visit www.tjfluehr.com\n\nFlorists, all deliveries must be delivered to the funeral home on Thursday by 3:00 PM.