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Joan "Joanie, Angel Taxi, Book Lady"
Roach (Gruver)
1931 - 2016
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Obituary for Joan "Joanie, Angel Taxi, Book Lady" Roach (Gruver)

Joan "Joanie, Angel Taxi, Book Lady"  Roach (Gruver)
Joan Roach, age 85, gracefully passed away on Monday evening at one of her favorite places, Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Born June 7, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Dr. J. Paul Gruver and Alberta Maxine Corwin Gruver.

Joanie had a special regard for many, many people in this diverse community that she loved so much. She gathered friends together to establish the Meal – on – Wheels as well as CCAP/Loaves and Fishes organizations. She had a special affection for all of the struggling folks in Martinsburg and around the world. She was a taxi for getting strangers to work and the “Book Lady”, handing out children’s books randomly throughout town and at Halloween. She has often suggested that to honor her memory we should visit a young mother, an elderly person or just volunteer somewhere.

She is survived by her husband Doug, sons Stan and wife Sara Corwin-Roach, Steve and wife Tina F. Roach, Scott and wife Linda Roach, daughter Terri Lynn Rotunda and husband Joe, special young lady Tracey Pittsnogle Crowell and husband Mike of Harpers Ferry and considered Mom by hundreds of other kids that have grown up in Martinsburg. Grandkids Josiah Corwin-Roach, Jason Roach and wife, Marlana, Matt Roach and wife, Kelly, Anthony, Alec, Maggie, Maria and Molly Rotunda; two special little great grandkids Alivia and Weston; a brother, Jacob Gruver and wife, Carol of Falling Waters, WV; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, close friends and all their families.

She was preceded in death by a special young lady Rene Pritchard

Family will receive friends on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM at Brown Funeral Home.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Otterbein United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Mooney and Rev. Ed Hall officiating .

She believed that everyone has a stake in making the world a better place and has ask that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to one of these organizations: Maloto – Feeding, Educating and Empowering the children and women of Malawi ( or locally at the Eastern W V Community Foundation in the Joan Roach Volunteer Fund for the Needy, 304-264-0353 (

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