Joanne Marie "Jo" Daniels

Oct 3 1934
Feb 4 2021
86 Years
West Caln Township

Joanne Marie "Jo" Daniels, 86, of West Caln Twp., Chester County, passed away on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 under the care of the Chester County Hospital in West Chester.  She was the widow of the late Herbert N. Daniels who passed away in 2013.

Born October 3rd, 1934 in Austin, PA, Joanne was the daughter of the late Genevieve (Crosby) and Stephen S. Kudlock.  

Jo was a 1952 graduate of Austin High School where she was Valedictorian of her class, and a 1956 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Home Economics. She was a lifelong fan of Penn State Football..   " WE ARE "

Jo was employed by Philadelphia Electric Co., Webster's Store in Ercildoun, and was a dedicated Avon Representative for 54 years.

Jo was a loving wife and caregiver to her husband Herb during their 54 years of marriage. Together they provided a loving home for Family and Friends, hosting many holiday gatherings, including their annual Memorial Day picnic for 45 years.

Jo was an amazing home cook, her homemade doughnut holes were a special treat that everybody wanted to taste-test, just to "make sure" they were good. She often wished her kitchen was twice as big, because she loved nothing more than to spend time talking and laughing with her family and preparing them delicious meals.

Jo enjoyed gathering with her friends to play bridge, had the patience of a saint when completing countless jigsaw puzzles, and loved traveling with her sister and brother. She treasured her trip to Ireland with Herb.

Joanne was a parishioner at St. Peter Catholic Church of West Brandywine, and was devout in her faith.

Her family would often refer to her as the "Bionic woman", having undergone 6 joint replacement surgeries later in life, and rebounding with the energy of someone half her age. She had the spirit of a "tough old Polish woman" in the body of a tiny, little lady. She never sat still for long.

Known as Jo, Mimi, Mama, Ma Squaw, and Violet to her family and friends, she was the nicest, most caring soul. There was always extra room at Mimi's kitchen table for anyone who came to visit. If you were a friend, you were family, she loved her family " a bushel and a peck". She showed us that when your family is also your best friend, there is nothing better in Life. Her happiness came from serving God, helping others, and loving her family.

Some of her last words to her family were, " I've had a Great Life ".

She is survived by her four children: Thomas H. Daniels and wife LaurieAnn of Morgantown, PA, Craig S. Daniels and wife Laure, of Pequea, PA, Karen J. O'Neill, wife of Daniel, of Gilbertsville, PA and Paul R. Daniels and wife Christine, of West Caln, PA.  She is lovingly known as "Mimi" by her 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren. She is survived by siblings, Stanley P. Kudlock of Spartanburg, SC and Arlene K. Robbins of York, PA, and was predeceased, in addition to her husband, by her siblings, Patricia Barr and Stephen R. Kudlock.  

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2835 Manor Road, Coatesville, PA with visitation at the church from 10:00 AM to the time of the service. Inurnment will take place on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 10:30 AM at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg, PA.  Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Jul 10 2021 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
St. Peter Catholic Church


My earliest memories of Thanksgiving dinners are as a small kid at the Daniels house in Philadelphia.  I still remember I think I had my first piece of pumpkin pie handed to me by Joanne Daniels in that house.  In later years at the new house I remmember her laying out handmade lasagna noodles all over the kitchen and dining room before they were assembled into glass trays to be baked into lasagna perfection.  And Herb often had 50's music playing on the stero.  She was one of my mom's very best and oldest friends.  So they are all in heaven now.  Playing pinochle like they did all those years ago.  RIP Joanne, Herb, Mary, Chuck.   -Chip

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