Joellen Mauch

mauchjoellenJoellen Mauch, 23, passed away unexpectedly in Geneva, New York while attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges on October 18, 2016 from a prescription drug overdose. Her spunky spirit and loving heart are already missed and will be forever cherished.

She is survived by her mother Pam Doughty Mauch, brother Justin Mauch, father Larry Mauch, paternal grandmother Mary Ann Mauch Blackburn, and maternal grandfather J. Edward Doughty, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Joellen was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother Paula Stremlau Doughty, and by her paternal grandfather John (Jack) Mauch.

Joellen was a graduate of Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia, where she was captain of the track and field team, member of the marching band, and participated in a number of volunteer activities. She traveled the back country of Alaska with National Geographic and volunteered on a local farm.

At William Smith, Joellen double majored in architecture and philosophy. For two years, she was a member of the William Smith rowing team. She was also active in the equestrian club and on the Dean’s List.

Joellen was a valued friend and employee at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia, where her sparkle touched everyone.  She also worked at various equestrian barns in Northern Virginia and spent a winter in Florida as a groom.

Being an equestrian was Joellen’s passion and where she found true peace and joy.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held Thursday, 27 October 2016, at

Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, Virginia, from 2 to 6 pm.  In celebration of her life and the memories we hold dear, please share any pictures you have of her or your fondest memories.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, please make donations to Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center by visiting  For online gifts, please select the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center-General in memory of Joellen Mauch.

Or, checks may be made payable to the Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc. and mailed to:

Office of Gift Accounting (0336) University Gateway Center, Virginia Tech 902 Prices Fork Road Blacksburg, VA 24061

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank each and every person who touched Joellen’s soul.

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