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Joan L. Harris

July 4, 1936 — January 30, 2023

Joan L. Harris (Hondrocostas), 86, of Kingston, NY, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2023 at Ten Broeck Commons in Lake Katrine. She was born on July 4, 1936 in The Bronx, daughter of the late Bruce and Gertrude (Harbors) Dippel. 

Joan attended the University of New Hampshire, University of Wisconsin, and SUNY New Paltz where she received her degrees in Education, Social Work, and English. Joan was not only a devoted wife but a fantastic mother. She was an avid gardener and swimmer. She was very well read, could discuss any subject, and was always politically astute. She enjoyed playing the pump organ, guitar, and ukulele. In 1954 she married the love of her life, Nicholas Harris (Hondrocostas).

Joan is survived by her daughters, Laurie Knapp and her husband Barry and Lynne Harris all of whom reside in Kingston.  In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Nicholas, her son, James B. Harris and her brother Lawrence Dippel. The family would like to thank Ten Broeck Commons and the Brookview Unit for making the last year of Joan's life comfortable and happy. Thank you for having her participate in all the music events. She loved them!

Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Kingston, NY.  A tribute for Joan can be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family. Joan will be missed tremendously! We love you mom!


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