Joan Cross

October 20, 1932 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Joan Cross Obituary

Joan M. Cross was born October 20, 1932, in Rochester NY, passed away peacefully on February 8th, 2024, Joan was 91. She was the daughter of Maria and Robert Hunter of Rochester, NY, where she graduated from John Marshall High school.  Joan married Harry R. Cross of Rochester, on January 20, 1951, at the Sacred Heart Church in Rochester. Together they raised four children and enjoyed fixing up their country home. 

Joan is survived by her daughters Lori Elliott (Jeffrey Elliott) and Jodi Cross (Richard Richter). She is predeceased by her husband, Harry R. Cross and sons, Kevin Cross, and Lee Cross.  

Joan is also survived by her grandchildren, Lisa Jaeger (Steven Jaeger), Tammy Allen (Jaime Allen), Angela Cross (Jason Lewis), Amanda Cross, Trista Stone, Adam Cross, Katie Decker (Jeff Decker), Sarah Elliott, Elizabeth Elliott, Christian Elliott, Michael Elliott and eight great grandchildren. 

Joan was a loving mother and grandmother. She often recounted moments in her history to her children and grandchildren telling them where she was with her family in front of the radio when the attack on Pearl Harbor was announced. Joan was a life-long learner and avid reader. She enjoyed taking classes at nearby Nazareth University and was an accomplished baker and gourmet cook. Joan was a loyal friend with many lifelong relationships she enjoyed over many years. 

One of Joan’s greatest joys in life were the many cats she adopted and rescued over the years. She gained the nickname “Cat Whisperer”. Joan volunteered for Meals-on-Wheels delivering meals to those confined at home for many years.  She supported the St. Joseph Indian School for Lakota Sioux Native Americans. Joan also volunteered for the Association of the Blind and learned to read and type in braille.  

We are so grateful for the kindness, care and companionship, and love Joan received from family, volunteers, and caregivers throughout the last several years.  

Family and friends may gather for calling hours on Saturday, February 17th from 11AM-1PM at Murphy Funeral & Cremation Chapels, 1040 Rt. 31, Macedon, NY 14502, where Joan’s funeral service will be held from 1PM-2PM.   A mass will be held at St. Mary’s in Ontario in Joan’s Name.  

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lollipop Farm or St. Joseph’s Indian School. To leave the family an online condolence, please visit Joan’s tribute wall, 

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February 17, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Murphy Macedon Chapel
1040 Route 31
Macedon, NY 14502

Funeral Service
February 17, 2024

1:00 PM
Murphy Macedon Chapel
1040 Route 31
Macedon, NY 14502


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