MOUNT VERNON — Joan Ellen Bastin, 75, of Mount Vernon passed away Dec. 17, 2009, following a long and courageous battle with cancer, at her home surrounded by her family.
Joan was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Mount Vernon to John William and Berdellla Charlotte Warman. She was a 1952 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. She worked at Continental Can until she left work to raise her children. After raising her children she worked for Knox Electric in Fredericktown as the office manager. She retired in 1996 after 17 years. Over the years she volunteered for many different organizations. She gladly took her turn in the many ballgame concession stands, stayed involved with the Girl Scouts, which included the cookie sales and camping trips. She has many times been a secretary, treasurer or president of any organization with which she was involved, including bowling, golf, Ladies Elks Lodge 140, MVCC Women’s Association and her sorority. She started with the Nu Phi Mu Sorority in 1953, which today is known as the Alpha Gamma Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. Joan was also a member of the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church all her life, where she helped in the nursery many years ago and more recently was involved with Wagon Ministry.
Joan loved golf, enjoyed her card clubs, sorority and vacationing in Vero Beach, Fla., with her husband, family and special friends. She was an avid fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and The Ohio State University football and basketball teams. She loved doing for others, especially her children and grandsons. She was a person who gave of herself and her time to family and others.
Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Richie, who passed on Sept. 3, 2009; an infant daughter, Debra L. Bastin; and her parents.
She is survived by her children, Pamela (Scott) Burdulis of Mount Vernon and Gary (Lori) Bastin of Lexington; four grandsons, Jeffrey Burdulis, Kevin Burdulis, Logan Bastin and Mitchell Bastin. Also surviving is her twin sister, Jean (Gene) Wittenmeyer of Pennsylvania; sister, Carolyn Ransom of Utica; brother, John (Mary) Warman of Florida; and brother-in-law, Dan Bastin of Columbus.
Family and friends may call Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home, 212 N. Main St., Mount Vernon. The funeral service will be held Monday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church with Pastor Warren Outhwaite officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made in Joan’s memory to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or to the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 205 N. Mulberry St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. To express a condolence, share a memory or view the video tribute, please visit www.dilleylasater.com.