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Joan J. Sortman

Joan J. (Dietrick) Sortman, 81, formerly of Loyalsock Township, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in Aurora, Colo. Born Nov. 22, 1938, in Norristown, the daughter of the late Harry and Lucy (Curchoe) Dietrick. Joan succumbed to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Joan married Gene L. Sortman on Nov. 28, 1957. Gene died May 28, 2018. They were the parents of Lynn Pompeo, (Kirk), Vince Sortman (Suzanne), Tami Sortman and John Sortman (Debbie). Joan has six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Also, surviving are siblings, Carol (Dietrick) Sortman, Lou Dietrick, Dr. Lucille Dietrick and Debbie (Dietrick) Anthony.

Predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and Harry Dietrick; as well as her grandson, Ryan Pompeo.

Joan was a 1956 graduate and cheerleader of St. Mary’s High School. She was a member of St. Boniface Church and choir. She also sang in the women’s Harmonia Chorus. Joan was a founding member of Iota Mu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority. And was an avid bowler at the Faxon Bowling Lanes.

Joan was a homemaker and was employed part-time at Curchoe’s Food Center, a family owned and operated grocery store chain, CA Reed Federal Credit Union and finally a realtor at Prudential Hodrick Realtywhere she retired.

Joan had many passions that she wasn’t shy about. Being a people person was her number one passion. Her whole life and careers were working with the public and she loved every minute of it. She was a true people person knowing everyone in her community and willing to help anyone in need. She also brought her cheerleading skills out when attending her children’s sporting events. You could hear her shouting from the stands at any given moment to the chagrin of her children and she was proud of it.

She will be remembered for her annual Easter bread baking and distribution to family and friends every year without fail. This has now been passed down to the next generation which she would be very proud of.

Joan was a loving mother, wife, sister, grandmother and friend to everyone. She will be truly missed.

A memorial service for Joan will be held in Williamsport at a later date once all the restrictions are lifted.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions in Joan’s name may be made to, Alzheimer’s Association, Greater PA Chapter at alz.org.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Crouse Funeral Home & Cremation Services, please visit www.crousefuneralhome.com to sign a register book or share a memory.