Jeanne Nofsinger | Obituaries | Cumberland Times News
Joan Arlene Nofsinger
September 1, 1930 –
August 22, 2022
Joan Arlene (Morris) Nofsinger, 91, of Keyser, W.Va., died Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, at the fountains at Albemarle Skilled Nursing Facility, Tarboro, North Carolina
Daughter of Bertha Mae (Riley) Morris and John Lewis Morris, she was born on September 1, 1930 at the home of Roosevelt Street, Westernport. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her loving husband of 62 years, Robert “Bobby” Nofsinger; and his three siblings, Roger Montgomery Morris, John Thomas Morris and Shirley Ann Smith.
Joan has been a pioneer throughout her life. She was smart, driven and never let the challenges in her life stop her; a role model that his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren still strive to emulate. In 1948, Joan graduated with honors from Saint Peters High School. She got married right after high school and started her journey as a wife and mother. Before marrying Bobby, she worked as a receptionist at Potomac Valley Hospital and a bartender at Jakes in Westernport. During their early years of marriage, she raised three children, remodeled their first family home in Luke, volunteered at St. Peters School, stocked the basement shelves with canned vegetables from the garden, and learned to play piano. In her mid-thirties, after finally getting her driver’s license and with the support of her family, she decided to pursue her long-held dream of a college education. She soon earned a BS in Mathematics Education from Frostburg State University (1970) and a Masters in Mathematics from West Virginia University (1974).
Joan began her teaching career at Piedmont High School in 1970, then transferred to Keyser Middle School in 1975. She continued to teach there until her retirement in 1996. During her 26 years teaching in the county from Mineral, she has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Award. for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (1985), for which she and Bobby traveled to DC and met President Reagan, West Virginia High School Teacher of the Year (1985), Frostburg State University Alumni Achievement Award (1986), WVCM Distinguished Service Award (1995). She co-authored a teaching manual “Problem-Solving Experiences in Mathematics”, which was published in 1985. Bobby was her biggest supporter during those years and traveled alongside her to all of her conferences and professional meetings.
In all of her accomplishments, her greatest pleasure has been instilling her love of mathematics in all of her students, regardless of grade level. She organized school-wide math marathons and field days that were still held long after her retirement. She couldn’t travel anywhere in the Tri-Cities without being approached by one of her former students. Each year, she erected a special Christmas tree filled with handmade ornaments, notes and photos of her students.
Joan was an avid reader, from classics to romance novels (she always carried a book with her, even when she went shopping). She was a Weight Watcher speaker and understood the challenges of weight loss. She was an accomplished seamstress, even making beautiful Barbie doll clothes on her old Singer treadle sewing machine. She also loved to crochet, making Christmas afghans for all her family and close friends and hundreds of prayer shawls for anyone in need of a hug. Before leaving Keyser, she continued to play cards (especially Bridge and Hand and Foot), research family genealogy, garden and scrapbook. She read the Bible every morning before starting the day.
Joan and Bobby loved to travel. Their travels took them from New England to Florida and across the United States to Hawaii. They sailed to the Bahamas and flew on to England and Scotland, where Joan followed in the footsteps of one of her favorite books, Outlander. After their retirement, they spent the winter in Myrtle Beach. Their greatest joy, however, was planning special family vacations to Deep Creek Lake, Myrtle Beach, Williamsburg, Massanutten, and especially the annual 4th of July gatherings around their pool, watching the fireworks; four generations creating wonderful memories.
Joan is survived by her children, Debbie Harvey Vickery and her husband, Jim, Durham, NC, John Arthur Nofsinger and his wife, Annie, Edenton, NC, and Mary Kathryn Kerns and her husband, DeWayne, Keyser; his grandchildren, Stuart Vickery and his wife, Becky, April Vickery, Jake Nofsinger, Joe Nofsinger, John Nofsinger, Zachary Kerns and his wife, Micayla; and her great-grandchildren, Morgan Vickery, Abigail Vickery and Jensen Kerns. Special thanks to his nephew, Tom Morris, who with his son, Amel, built the beautiful stone wall and terraced garden behind Joan and Bobby’s Keyser house and with his wife, Mary Anne, always found the time to visit.
Bobby died of Covid-19 on January 1, 2021. For the protection of his family and friends, a private cemetery service was held. Today the family wishes to honor Bobby and Joan in a celebration of life and love.
Friends will be received at Markwood Funeral Home, Keyser, on Friday, August 26, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a Christian Wake service at 4 p.m.
A Christian Burial Mass for Bobby and Joan will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish St. Peters Church, 127 Church Street, Westernport, on Saturday August 27, 2022 at 11 a.m. Mass will be celebrated by Reverend Father Edward. S. Hendricks and Deacon Harold Bradley.
Interment will follow services at St. Peters Cemetery, Westernport.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org/donate; or Wounded Warrior Project, support.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.
Condolences may be left for the family following Joan’s obituary at www.markwoodfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 23, 2022