Joanne D. van Roden

Joanne D. van Roden

November 30, 1929 - April 21, 2020
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Joanne van Roden, 90, of Wyomissing, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2020 at The Highlands in Wyomissing. She was the beloved wife of Donald van Roden.

The oldest of two children, she was born on November 30, 1929 in Nazareth, Pa., to Elwood and Hilda Unangst. She graduated from Nazareth High School before attending Duke University, where she met her first husband, Arnold V. (Van) Davis MD. Van and Joanne were married in 1951 and moved to Reading in 1961, where Van was a surgeon on staff at The Reading Hospital until his death in 1980.

In 1986, Joanne married Donald (Don) van Roden, formerly of Philadelphia. Don has been a wonderful gift to Joanne, our family, and the Reading community at large ever since his arrival.

Joanne was a long-time member of Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing, where she served in numerous capacities, including Church Council. She was a member of The Berks Art Alliance, and over the years she served in many organizations including The Reading Museum Board, the Staff Physician's Wives of Reading Hospital, the Berks County Historical Society, and the Berks County Home Services Board.

Joanne loved spending time with her family and friends, and particularly enjoyed vacationing in the Poconos at the Forest Lake Club. Her true passion was watercolor painting which brought her, and many others, great joy.

She is survived by her husband Donald van Roden, her son James Davis, her daughter Susan (John) Mikulak, and her brother John (Gloria) Unangst. Additional survivors include two grandchildren, William (Casey) Davis and James Bennett (Abby) Davis, four great-grandchildren, and a niece and nephew.

The family wishes to express their utmost gratitude to the staff at The Highlands for their compassionate care of Joanne.

A public service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joanne’s name to Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Blvd., Wyomissing, Pa., 19610. Edward J Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be recorded at
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Joan Zeiter

Posted at 10:17am
To the van Roden & Davis families:
On behalf of the Feeman family I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all of you. Our memories of Joanne extend back almost 60 years to the time when the Davis family moved to Wyomissing and joined Atonement Lutheran Church. My parents, Jim & June, had made this same move the previous year and were happy to have another new young family in the community. Joanne's kindness and caring were always evident in her beautiful smile. In this, she and my mother were kindred spirits, and enjoyed volunteering together at the church, school (where Jim & I were classmates), and hospital. My father, a keen amateur artist, greatly admired Joanne's artistic abilities, and owned two of her lovely floral paintings which still grace the walls of a Feeman house in Wyomissing (my brother, John's). When Don & Joanne moved to The Highlands, my parents happily welcomed them as fellow residents. In more recent years, Joanne and my mother ended up living only a few doors apart in Skilled Nursing. My sister and I had the pleasure of visiting with Joanne and Don following our mother's passing last August. It was wonderful sharing memories of good times in the past and seeing Joanne's beautiful smile once more. Again, our sincerest condolences go out to all of you in the loss of this special woman.
Joan Feeman Zeiter (on behalf of Jim Jr, Jane, John & our families)

Richard Lord

Posted at 08:32pm
Dear Don and family,
My deepest sympathy to you and the family. Your joy and love for Joanne were always prevalent as we shared stories over any breakfast, lunch or dinner. My thoughts are with you.
Richard Lord

Marilyn Diener

Posted at 01:22pm
We would like to extend our sympathy to the family, for the loss of Joanne, who was a beautiful compassionate person, a wonderful artist and friend.
Henry and Marilyn Diener

JC and Ruanne Ewing

Posted at 03:36pm
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Barbara Mills

Posted at 03:04pm
Dear Don and family, My deepest sympathy to you and all the family. Joanne was always ready with a smile and always willing to aid in our worship services at FLC. I will always remember her kindness and caring during my times with her. Her art work also will always be a reminder of her grat talents and gift to all.


Judy Huber Hirneisen Posted at 06:06pm

Dear Don and Family, My heart breaks for you - I will always remember Joanne’s warm smile and our chats about Dad over the years. May your memories bring you comfort. Thoughts and Prayers with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Judy Huber Hirneisen

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