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Joanne Christman

November 18, 1953 May 29, 2019
Joanne Christman
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Obituary for Joanne Christman

DURHAM: Joanne Christman, a much-loved mother, sister, wife, grandma, and friend, died peacefully in the wee hours of Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Known and adored as “Perfect Joanne,” she is survived by her children Randall and Helene Christman, and Corey and Patrick Dall; granddaughters Valentina and Gia Christman, and Elliot and Zelda Dall; siblings Bill Kuhn, Carol Bishop, Bob Kuhn, Mary Seigart, and Donna Carney; and her mother Phama Kuhn. Her husband John Christman died in June of 2016.

Scrabble, Boggle, and Minesweeper champ, Joanne had a keen mind for numbers, science, puzzles, and logic, and spent many years as a well-regarded chemist, tax accountant, bookkeeper, and mystery-section bookseller. She was also known for her sage advice, for her delicious gingersnaps, and for the boundless, patient love she showed her family.

To celebrate her life and wonderful legacy, a service will be held at Clements Funeral Services, Inc., in Durham, North Carolina on Saturday, June 1 at 2 pm. The family will receive all guests following the service in the Gathering Room at Clements.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration ( Online condolences can be sent via

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