The Life of JoAnn DesMuke

On Saturday, July 9, 2022, JoAnn DesMuke, loving mother of three children and grandmother of two children, passed away at the age of 72. JoAnn was born on September 20, 1949 in Braddock, PA to Steve and Alice (Minnick) Sinay. She lived an inspirational life, always as a fierce feminist, pursuing various careers such as becoming a carpenter for the City of Pittsburgh, a deputy sheriff, and an employee of the IRS. One of her proudest moments was when she received her law degree at The University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. She was an avid traveler and loved being surrounded by children and animals, most notably, her grandchildren and her cat, Max.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her brother, Tom, her father, Steve, and her mother, Alice. She is survived by her children, Kaitlin (Ivan), Kahlea, and Jesse, her grandchildren, Isaac and Katrina, and her sisters Sandra and Kathy, and her brothers Bob and David.

A private burial service will be held at the Penn Forest Natural Burial Park.  Please reach out to JoAnn’s children for additional information.  In remembrance of JoAnn (who loved giving gifts to her loved ones), in lieu of sending flowers, please give a gift to someone you love and make their day a little brighter.  

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