Joanne C. Erickson Sandberg, 80, of Youngsville, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Rouse Warren County Home.

She was born April 29, 1932 in Warren, Pa., a daughter to the late Luther and Hazel Sires Erickson. She married William C. Sandberg Jr., on August 26, 1950, who preceded her in death in May 1995.

Joanne graduated from Warren High School in Warren, Pa. in 1950. She was employed as a bookkeeper for Warren Tire Center for 34 years, retiring in 2011. She was a member of the Saron Lutheran Church in Youngsville and of the Youngsville Chapter of the Eastern Star Order #478. She enjoyed reading, Penn State football, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Joanne’s glass was always half full. She was an eternal optimist.

She is survived by a daughter Debra (Ronnie) Grove of Emporium, Pa.; a son Timothy (Marlene) Sandberg of Warren, Pa.; a granddaughter Kristina (Seth) Fragale of Emporium, Pa.; 2 grandsons Matthew and Nathan Sandberg of Warren, Pa.; a sister Adele (Charles) Tranter of Warren, Pa.; a sister Clare (Richard) Smith of Titusville, Pa.; a step greatgrandson and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 14 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 314 North Main St. in Youngsville. A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Saron Lutheran Church, 148 West Main St., Youngsville, with the Rev. Mark Fischer, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Youngsville Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Saron Lutheran Church of Youngsville, P.O. Box 182, Youngsville, Pa. 16371 or the Warren Public Library, 205 Market St. Warren, Pa. Condolences to the family may be made at