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JoAnn Gelheiser, 74

ADAMS, Mass. —  Mrs. JoAnn M. (Dean) Gelheiser, 74, of Adams, died on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at North Adams Commons.

She was born in Adams on March 5, 1945, daughter of the late Joseph and Eleanor (Richards) Dean. She attended schools in Adams.

JoAnn last worked as a nurse’s aide for BFAIR until her retirement.

She was a communicant of the Parish of St. John Paul II, Adams. She loved cooking and gardening and enjoyed playing cards and taking trips to the casino.

She is survived by her husband, James “Jigs” Gelheiser; three sons, Jeffrey Bissaillon and his wife Lorrie of Pittsfield, Joseph Bissaillon and his wife Ann of Adams and Bruce Bissaillon of Texas; one step daughter, Debbie Bohls of Texas; one brother, James Dean of North Adams; two granddaughters, Brittney and Ashley Bissaillon; two step granddaughters, Amanda Waschak and Heather Choquette; three step great grandchildren, Destiny, Michaela and Brenden; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph R. Dean, Jr., John Dean and William Dean.

Funeral notice: The funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 10:00 A.M. in the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St., Adams. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery, Adams.

Calling hours are Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to James Gelheiser through the funeral home. To leave a message of condolence, or for directions, please go online to

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Always called her "Ma" because she was a second mom to all of us. She was a sweet and kind woman.
from: Andrew Brownon: 05-23-2019

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Joanne. She was always a kind woman with a big heart.
from: Jim and Kelly Ryanon: 05-15-2019

Much love to all of you in your time of need. Sorry to hear of JoAnn's passing. She was always one of "the gang".
from: Michelle "Mich" Cutleron: 05-13-2019

We're so sorry to hear about JoAnn's passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers and we know that JoAnn is in heaven somewhere playing cards with Jim and Billy. Farewell, cousin and old had a heart of gold.
from: Skeets and Bobbe Richardson: 05-13-2019

We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother, wife and sister. Joanne was a kind, gentle and giving woman and was loved by everyone who knew her.
from: Bob and Jeanne Roddaon: 05-13-2019 Text Ads

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