Joanne R. Welch

By Orleans Hub Posted 13 May 2019 at 1:45 pm

Joanne Welch

Joanne R. Welch, 80, of Holley, died May 11, 2019 at The Village of Orleans, following a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born April 13, 1939 in the Town of Murray to Edmund and Caroline (Dusett) Reamer and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Joanne was a member of Gaines Carlton Community Church, and she retired as an account clerk typist for the Orleans County Department of Social Services. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and she was a member of the Orleans County Home Bureau and the Sandy Creek Cemetery Association.

In addition to her parents, Joanne was predeceased by her sister, Louise Harty.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, John “Charlie” Welch Sr.; her sons, John “Jack” Welch Jr. of Holley and Mark Welch of Buffalo; her daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Schmidt of Albion; her grandchildren, Matthew (Brittany) Welch, Hayley Schmidt, Nicole Welch and Joshua (Katie) Welch; and her great-grandsons, Carter and Hudson.

There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend Joanne’s Celebration of Life on Wed., May 22 at 3 p.m. at Gaines Carlton Community Church, 14585 Ridge Road, Albion NY 14411. Private interment in Sandy Creek Cemetery will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of WNY – Team Joanne Medina Walk, 2805 Wehrle Drive Suite 6, Williamsville NY 14221-7383.

Joanne’s arrangements were entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Joanne, please visit