RIP JoAnn Carmen - Parkesburg Post 4480 VFW
December 27, 2021

Chief Gathercole said "We are saddened this week to learn of the death of JoAnn Carmen. JoAnn was a huge supporter of the Keystone Valley Fire Department, all veterans, our community, and the memorial garden. She will truly be missed."

Wildes and the family provided the following:

JoAnn M. Carmen, 76, of Narvon, PA, passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021, at the Ephrata Community Hospital. She was the wife of the late Joseph C. Carmen who died in 2006. Born in York, PA, she was the daughter of the late David Leppo, Jr. and Betty Carpenter Leppo Rider.

JoAnn became known and loved in the Parkesburg Community starting back in the early 1970s when her and her late husband owned and operated Carmen's Restaurant which was located in downtown Parkesburg. Years later, JoAnn was employed, up until the time of her passing, by the Parkesburg VFW as office manager.

She is survived by three children; Tammy Schapansky and husband Gary of Loris, SC, Jodi L. Rice of Narvon and Joseph C. Carmen and wife Naomi of Morgantown, PA, 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two sisters; Robin Stump of Holly Ridge, NC and Kim Weibley of Mt. Wolfe, PA and her dear companion J. Alan Nafe. She was preceded in death by one daughter Malissa J. "Missy" Carmen and one brother David Leppo, III.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at 3:30 PM at the Parkesburg VFW Post 4480, 406 W. 4th Ave., Parkesburg, PA. Family and friends are also invited to attend the viewing from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the “PA Hero Walk.” Please use the following link to access their website for online donations:

In order to protect those at risk, please wear a face mask and practice social distancing while inside the VFW.

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