Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Joan M. Ball, 66

Wellsville, NY - Joan M. Ball, 66, died on Monday, September 7, 2020, shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born December 12, in Wellsville NY. She was the daughter of Howard and Dorothy (Goldthwait) Herke. On September 2, 1978 in Wellsville she married Stephen T. Ball who survives.

Joan was raised in Scio and was a 1972 graduate of Wellsville High School. She graduated from Alfred State College with an Associate Degree, and Houghton College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She began her career at  Key Bank in Wellsville, followed by a position in Accounts Receivable at Dresser-Rand.  She then went to Five Star Bank in Warsaw as an auditor, and completed her career at Dresser-Rand Corporation as a buyer, retiring in April of 2020. She was a member of the Mayflower Society, the Old Crows Quilting Group, and the Dresser-Rand Management Club. She was a Premier Award Quilt maker. She loved to travel, camp, host gatherings for family and friends, quilt retreats, and especially spend time with her grandchildren. She hand sewed over 1000 Covid 19 face masks over the last few months.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 42 years is a son, Bradley H. Ball of Florida, a daughter, Elizabeth A. (Jeremy) Stearns of Alfred Station, five grandchildren, Taylor Hurd, Lucas Stearns, Morgan Ball, Dashel Ball, and Landis Stearns, her mother, Dorothy Herke of Wellsville, a sister, Janet (Terry) Vossler of Butler, PA, a brother-in-law, R. Michael (April) Ball, two sisters-in-law, Barbara (Ball) and Ed Teter, and Teresa (Ball) and Ron Vida, an aunt, Maxine Latham of Belmont, several nieces and nephews, and her beloved dogs Duddley and Lucy.

In addition to her to her father, she was predeceased by her father and mother-in-law, Richard and Patricia Ball,  a brother-in-law, Tom Ball, and a nephew, James M. Taylor. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville, and on Friday, September 11 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville. The funeral (Which will be limited to the NYS Covid protocol.) will follow visitation at noon on Friday in church with Rev. Dr. Eric D. Ash, Sr. presiding. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Ladies Aid of Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


  1. What a sad loss for family & many friends. Joan had a sweet soul & will be sorely missed. Condolences to all. ❤��

  2. What a sad loss for family & many friends. Joan had such a sweet soul. Condolences to all. ❤🙏

  3. Steve, I am so very sorry. Joan, I will miss your friendship and humor. We will always have button blanks and Buzz Dillie stories to share wherever we may be from each other. Love, Amy (Iven) Wilson (aka Amy Lillibut)

  4. My heart aches for her family and friends. She was one in a million and will be missed by many.

  5. Dear Steve and family, Dorothy and Janet and family,

    Out deepest sympathy to all of you. May God bless and comfort you. Due to circumstances and COVID-19, we will not be attending visitation/funeral. However, our hearts and prayers are with you all. God bless.
    - Arnold and Linda Hurd

  6. Joan worked for me as an auditor. She was one of the sweetest individuals that I have worked with. Always so pleasant. It saddens me to hear this news. Extending my sympathies to you.

  7. The members of The Clark and Dresser-Rand Office Retirees offer the Ball family our sincere condolences for your loss. We remember Joan fondly from her days with us here in Olean. She and you are in our thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace.

  8. A eulogy for my dear Cousin Joan Ball.

    I just wanted to add to the memories shared here by telling you some of mine.

    Joan lived next door to my best friend Bob Cowles. I remember us playing many times growing up.

    Mine and Joan's families grew up Lutheran and attended every Sunday. I remember Joan and Janet all dressed nicely each service.

    We built forts with hay bales in grandpa's barn and played softball with Grandma in the field next to their home.

    Joan and Bob and I went to the Wellsville school, upstairs in the firewall and the Heater for music.

    Joan laughed when I picked on her but gave it right back, in spades. Probably the red hair.

    She loved her friends like family and her family like friends. Her spirit will be sorely and sadly missed.

    Life is like a vapor. It is so short.

    We will all laugh and smile and cry and weep.
    Remember though, tears are a language GOD understands when our hearts can't put words to our sorrow.

    God sent Joan as a blessing to our world for 66 years. Now, he needs her spirit to return to His Kingdom. She will be working with the King, face to face.

    We all cried for her, in our sorrow, "Come back, Joan. Come back!!!"
    Uncle Howard and all her family and loved ones that have passed before her cried, in their joy "Joan is coming. She's finally coming!!!"

    I will end by saying...
    Thank-you, Joan.
    We will forever love you and miss you.
    Enjoy your new adventure.
    Goodbye, dear friend. WE are coming soon.