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J.J. Franks, age 60, passed away on May 4, 2012 following a brief illness. Born Joyce Johnson on her mother\'s birthday, October 24, 1951 in Erie, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Warren Area High School in 1969, and then she attended Penn State University.
A gifted sales person and entrepreneur J.J. had a successful career with Firestone Tire, Patch and Seal, Estee Lauder and in residential real estate. She was elected Small Business Person of the year in 1997. J.J. served the community as a board member of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Erie, and her Neighborhood Watch.
To know her was to love her. Her magnetic, entertaining personality and indomitable spirit touched everyone she met and left an impression on their lives forever. Her passions included time with family and friends, dog Gracie, book club, decorating, and gardening.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Joyce Johnson, infant daughter Ashley, her beloved Aunt and Uncle Jane and Edward Shapiro of Ojai, CA. She is survived by her husband Robert Mussett, her brother Bruce Johnson, her little dog Gracie, cousins Michael Shapiro and Ellen Sklarz, nieces Liza and Rosie, and many dear friends. J.J. will be greatly missed.
Burial will be private, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the A.N.N.A. Shelter, 1555 East 10th Street Erie Pa, 16511. Arrangements were handled by the Brugger Funeral Homes and Crematory, 1595 West 38th and Greengarden Boulevard.