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Joan Garges

August 27, 1948 — April 4, 2024

New Albany, PA


Mrs. Joan Garges, age 75, of New Albany, PA, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday evening, April 4, 2024, with her loving family at her side.


Joan was born in Manchester, England, on August 27, 1948, the only child of the late Jack and May Robinson Ashton.  She came to the United States in 1979.  


She worked as a  nurse’s aide in hospitals and nursing homes.


She married James Garges of Chalfont, PA, on January 20, 1990, and they recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.  


She and Jim traveled extensively in the United States and abroad, enjoying fishing and big game hunting. She amassed a huge collection of various species of game animals and fish.


They moved to the back hills of New Albany in 2018, and enjoyed the scenic beauty of their surroundings.   Joan was an avid bird watcher and loved gardening.




Jim Garges                                                        at home


Two sons:

David Paul and Melissa Benson                        Nicholasville, KY

Stephen Benson                                                  Bangor, PA



Nancy Benson & William Michael Haase         Casper, WY



James P. Garges                                                  Chalfont, PA

Jamie Lynn Ochmanowicz                                 Quakertown,PA



Timmy Reed

David Ochmanowicz

Rowan Ruth Benson

Allison Joy Haase

Cassidy Ochmanowicz



Kylie Nicole Read


Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be directed in Joan’s memory to the Bradford County Humane Society, PO Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA.

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