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Joanne V. Maphey

March 18, 2015

Joanne V. Maphey

Joanne V. Maphey, 78, Flower Ave. W., Watertown passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 18, 2015, at her home with her family at her side.

Calling Hours will be on March 26, Thursday, from 4 - 6:30PM at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown followed by a Prayer Service at 7PM at the funeral home. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Wellesley Island will be in the spring.

Joanne was born in Syracuse on March 13, 1937, daughter of Karl and Kathryn Balling Viola. She graduated from St. Anthony’s Convent High School and Lemoyne College. In 1958, she married Philip A. Maphey, former Watertown City Judge. Judge Maphey, a partner at the Watertown law firm of Conboy, McKay, Bachman, and Kendall, died December 19, 1997.

Joanne moved to Watertown with her family in 1961. Early on, the family was active in Holy Family Parish, where Joanne taught church school. For many years, she and her husband were members of the “Celebration,” a church singing group at Holy Family. A number of friends from Holy Family went on to start “Credo,” a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. Joanne volunteered and taught many the residents there for years.

When her children were older, Joanne obtained a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from St. Lawrence University. She was initially hired at the Jefferson County Committee on Alcoholism and helped develop the in-school program for Substance Abuse Prevention, known as “Project Charlie.” She moved with the Program to Jeff-Lewis BOCES, later becoming a Special Education School Counselor and traveling as an itinerant counselor to schools throughout Jefferson and Lewis Counties. She retired from BOCES in 1998.

Joanne and her family spent their summers at the family cottage in Charleston Lake, Canada and spent most of their winters downhill skiing at Dry Hill and Big Tupper Ski Areas, and on ski vacations with family and friends in the U.S. and Canada. Later, the family cottage moved to the St. Lawrence River, where, like so many others, they fell in love with the “River.” Joanne was proud of her involvement in the restoration of Densmore Church on Wellesley Island.

Joanne and her husband, Phil, loved to golf and travel together or with family and friends, creating memories that lasted their lifetimes. Joanne and Phil had a special love for one another. Try as she might, the remainder of her life without him was never the same.

She is survived by her five children, Philip A. and Kathy Maphey, Jr., Fernandina Beach, FL, Christopher J. Maphey, Clayton, Mary M. and Robin Davis, Watertown, Anne E. and Jay Fowler, Fernandina Beach, FL, and John F. and Michelle Maphey, Watertown; nine grandchildren, Eric and Alexander Maphey, Michael Maphey, Christen Porter, Kiley Hilyer, Jordan Robinson, and Samuel, Sarah, and Drew Maphey; three great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Karen Levandowski, Lakeland, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Her brother, Karl Viola, and her two sisters, Katherine Weinheimer and Mary Quinn, died before her.

Along with family, Joanne was cared for by her daughter, Mary, granddaughter, Kiley Hilyer, and Hospice of Jefferson County. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by her family, friends, and another love of her life, John Denver. Joanne is finally with Phil again and with the family and friends who went before her.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in her name to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. or CREDO Community Center, 595 W. Main St., both in Watertown, NY 13601.


#14 florence martino 2015-04-12 20:05
Dear John, Michelle, and family:

I want to express my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. I volunteered briefly with her at the annual Flower Library book sale, and I got to know her a little. She was a lovely Lady with the kindest words, and so interesting. Please convey my sympathy to your entire family.

With prayers and sympathy:
Florence Martino
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#13 Sharon Quinn Carkner 2015-03-25 22:10
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Although we didn't spend a lot of time with her, every minute was filled with laughter and love (and John Denver). Rest in peace Joanne♡

Love always,

Kathy and Sharon Quinn
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#12 Les Gates 2015-03-25 09:36
So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I will dedicate a song in her memory.
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#11 Pamela S. Mancino 2015-03-24 11:14
Im so sorry for your loss may God look upon you all so you can find peace
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#10 B Keenan Bartholomew 2015-03-23 17:49
Condolences and prayers to all of the Maphey family,
Bridget Keenan-Bartholo mew
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#9 Karen Levandowski 2015-03-23 09:35
Joanne was a unique person; creative, intelligent,
fun and very loving. She was my sister-in-law
for over 50 years and we shared many good times
and many sad times. Mostly we shared a deep love for my brother. I will always miss her.
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#8 Deborah Gerald Eddy 2015-03-21 11:20
Although I knew you briefly in Westminister Park, you were very kind to me. Sorry I cannot attend because we are in Ft Pierce Fl. Rest in peace.
Deb Eddy
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#7 Marilyn Greab 2015-03-21 09:52
Mary - I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My sympathies go to you and your entire family. Wish I could be there to give you a hug!
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#6 Chris Atkinson 2015-03-20 16:11
My condolences to the family on the loss of Joanne. I have several fond memories of our families growing up on Monroe Ave. You are all the family of my youth and are always in my heart, especially at this time. Chris Atkinson
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#5 Le Moyne College 2015-03-20 10:10
Please accept the most heartfelt sympathies of Le Moyne College. We hope the love and memories that you will forever hold in your heart bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
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