2016-02-05 / Obituaries

JoAnn Thistle

JoAnn E. Thistle, 82, of Rochester, New Hampshire, died peacefully on Friday morning, Jan. 29, 2016 at Clipper Harbor in Portsmouth. She was born in Newfield, Maine, on Sept. 3, 1933, a daughter of John Lawrence MacDonald and Corabelle Bradford MacDonald. She grew up in Kennebunk, where she attended Kennebunk High School and excelled in track and field, softball and basketball.

She was the widow of William Hendry Thistle, who predeceased her in November 2006.

JoAnn lived on the New Hampshire seacoast for most of her life, where she raised her five children. She did eventually return to college, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business from McIntosh College. She was on the dean’s list every semester. She was also a swimsuit model, well known for her legs. She was then employed as an office manager at the CPA firm of Hodgdon and Wilson in Portsmouth

JoAnn was an impressive person – an excellent cook, a seamstress and handyperson … fixing broken household items, making clothes and baking an apple pie…. in the same day. She was also an accomplished oil painter, golfer and sportswoman. She read about two books per week, a voracious reader.

In addition to her husband, JoAnn is predeceased by a sister, June Stone.

She is survived by her five children, Deborah Villines and husband Ward of Olympia, Washington, Randy Keravich and wife Kim of Powhatan, Virginia, Tom Keravich and wife Ann of Berwick, Jody Keravich and wife Karen of Rochester, New Hampshire, James Keravich and wife Kelly of Exeter, New Hampshire; her brother, John MacDonald and wife Georgia of Dover, New Hampshire; a sister, Avis Taylor of Kennebunkport; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Visiting hours were Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 followed by a funeral service at Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk. Spring burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, West Kennebunk.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit JoAnn’s Book of Memory Page at www.bibberfuneral.com.

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk.

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