Joan Chimenz

Obituary of Joan M. Chimenz

Port Allegany - Joan Mary Chimenz, 92, of Smethport, formerly of Port Allegany, died Saturday (October 31, 2020) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.


She was born Aug. 26, 1928 in Camden, NJ, a daughter of George and Theresa Hoffman Stoker.  In May, 1970, in Maryland, she married Leo  J. Chimenz, who died on Dec. 17, 2010.


Mrs. Chimenz had worked for the Cameo Doll Factory in Port Allegany, the Port Allegany Community Hospital and several other places locally before retiring and traveling with her husband, Leo.


Joan was a member of St. Gabriels Catholice Church of Port Allegany, AARP and Catholic Women’s Club.


Joan enjoyed dancing.  She and Leo always had a crowd watching them as they danced to Polka, Waltz, Jitterbug or just slow dancing.  They both loved Big Band Era music.  She enjoyed traveling with her husband for his work up and down the East Coast, and when he retired, she enjoyed her time in Florida for winters.  After Leo’s death, she enjoyed garage sales, going to Goodwill and the Salvation Army, thrift shops, playing Dominos and going to restaurants with her sister, Rita.


Joan is survived by:

Four children:  Barbara Smoker of Bradenton, FL, Robert (Cindy) Smoker of Pooler,GA,  Stephen (Linda) Smoker, and Joellen (George Felker) Wykoff, both of Port Allegany.

Step daughter: Carol (Nate) Cognato of Long Island, NY

Nine grandchildren:  Michael Smoker, Stephen Smoker, Terry (Melissa) Smoker, David Smoker, Jack (Julie) Smoker, George (Nikki) Smoker, Steven Smoker, Nikki (Eric) Keely, and Ryan (Sheila) Lindsay

Many great-grandchildren

Nieces and nephews:  Rene Barnard, Danny Kauffman, Denny Kauffman and Rodney Rees


In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Rees; a brother-in-law, Al Rees; a sister-in-law, Mildred Trepeta; a grandson, Cody Smoker; one great-granddaughter, Candace Smoker


Visitation will be held from 10-11 AM on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at St. Gabriels Church, 203 Arnold Ave., Port Allegany, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM with Rev. James Campbell, pastor, as Celebrant.  Burial will be in St. Gabriels Cemetery, Port Allegany.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, masking and social distancing will be required at the church during visitation and services.


Memorials may be made to St. Garbriels Church or the Women’s Club.  Online condolences may be made at


Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.




10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, November 6, 2020
St. Gabriel's Catholic Church
203 Arnold Ave.
Porft Allegany, Pennsylvania, United States

Memorial Mass

11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday, November 6, 2020
St Gabriel's Catholic Church
203 Arnold Ave
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, United States


St. Gabriel's Cemetery
Route 155
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, United States
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