78, of Laughlintown, formerly of Greensburg and Charleston, WV, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Presbyterian University Hospital. Born Oct. 27, 1935 in White Plains, NY, she was a daughter of George Gordon Woodyard and Josephine (Tschinkel) Woodyard. She was a president emeritus of Seton Hill University, Greensburg. JoAnne Boyle served as board chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and the International Women's Forum of Pennsylvania. She also was a trustee of the University of Pittsburgh. She was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania and later served as president of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. In addition, JoAnne Boyle served on the boards of the Economic Growth Connection, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the University of Pittsburgh's College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and the Honor Board at WQED. She was a former board member of the Council for Independent Colleges and Universities, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, Steel Industry Heritage Corp., United Way of Westmoreland County, and Westmoreland Regional Health System. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Arthur J. Boyle, Jr.; seven children, Arthur J. Boyle III of Greensburg, Brendan Patrick Boyle of Rices Landing, John W. Boyle and wife, Sheri, of Greensburg, Elizabeth (Boyle) McDonald and husband, Sean, of Pittsburgh, Terence Boyle and wife, Shari, of Finleyville, Teig Boyle and wife, Patricia, of Hershey, and Morgan Boyle of California, PA; 14 grandchildren, Arthur IV, Chelsea and Olivia Boyle, Heather Gaito and husband, David, Mari, Harrison, Julia and Wade Boyle, Liam, Angus and Fionn McDonald, Sophia, Fiona and Alana Boyle; three great-grandchildren, Miles, Alasdair and Tessa Gaito; daughter-in-law, Kim Boyle of Greensburg; sister, Nancy Chilcoat of Stone Mountain, GA; brother, George Gordon Woodyard, Jr. of Vallejo, CA; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to Celebrate the Life of Mrs. Boyle in the parlors on the second floor of the administration building at Seton Hill University from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday and from 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. Joseph Chapel at Seton Hill at 11 a.m. on Wednesday with Msgr. David Rubino, officiating. Private interment will follow the Service at the Sisters of Charity Cemetery at Seton Hill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Seton Hill University Reeves Library or to the JoAnne Woodyard Boyle Health Sciences Center at Seton Hill University. Mrs. Boyle's family has entrusted her care to the PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., Greensburg. To share your memories and photos, offer your condolences, or for directions, please visit us at www.pantalone.com. Natale N. Pantalone, Supervisor.
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