JoAnne Mock, 84

JoAnne Livingston Mock, 84, North Manchester, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 16, at Timbercrest Senior Living Community. JoAnne was born on Oct. 7, 1930 in Johnstown, Pa. Her parents were James Livingston, a rural mail carrier, and Eva (Harshberger) Livingston, a homemaker. 

JoAnne grew up as part of the Westmont Church of the Brethren congregation and graduated from Southmont High School (Johnstown) in 1948. In high school, she was active in musical activities, Girls Athletic Association, and the Y-Teen organization (affiliated with the YWCA).  After high school, she attended a business college for nine months and then became the school secretary for the Southmont Schools, K-12, for three years.

JoAnne married Robert Mock, also from western Pennsylvania, in 1952. In 1964, Robert joined the staff in Manchester College as campus pastor, and JoAnne has lived in North Manchester ever since. In 1974, JoAnne graduated from Manchester College with a degree in Elementary Education, and in 1979, she earned a Masters of Education plus certification in Specific Learning Disabilities from Ball State University in Muncie. She was an elementary school teacher in the Manchester Community School System for 21 years, with ten of those years in Learning Disabilities classrooms, and 11 years in regular education in a sixth-grade classroom.  During her early years of teaching she was at the Laketon school. JoAnne retired from teaching in 1995 and began six years of part-time work at the North Manchester Public Library. During four years of that time she was employed in part-time work for Manchester College as a supervisor of student teachers.

JoAnne traveled in Europe, Canada, and Hawaii as well as throughout the western U.S. and she enjoyed participation in many ElderHostels. She was active in the Shepherd's Center Program in North Manchester for many years and chaired the Center's Adventures in Learning Committee.  She has been an active member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren since moving to North Manchester, serving in numerous areas of responsibility, as well as being a long-time member of the church bell choir.

After living 31 years in her home on Bond Street in North Manchester, JoAnne moved to a home on Hickory Lane at the Timbercrest Retirement Senior Living Community (North Manchester) in the fall of 2007. JoAnne was preceded in death by her parents, James and Eva Livingston; her son, Jon Livingston Mock; and her brother, Richard Livingston. She is survived by her sons, Steve (Jan Miller) Mock, Dillon, Mo. and Alan (Robin Warnock) Mock, Sheboygan, Wisc.; her grandchildren, Joshua Mock, Dillon, Mo., Suzanne (Tobin) Smail, Spokane, Wash., and Emma Mock, Sheboygan, Wisc., and her great granddaughter, Elekta Mock, Dillon, Mo.

JoAnne was a truly wonderful, kind and loving mother and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. JoAnne's family appreciated the wonderful care she received at Timbercrest and wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all of the nurses and staff in Crestwood and Healthcare, for their kindness and compassion.

There will be a memorial service held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, with a reception to follow. Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Charitable Fund at Timbercrest Senior Living, North Manchester or the National Audubon Society, Audubon Angel, 225 Varick St., 7th Floor, New York, New York 10014.

The memorial guestbook for JoAnne can be signed online at

Posted on 2014 Oct 27