Janice “Jo” Greenwood

March 04, 1935 ‒ July 20, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Janice “Jo” Greenwood, age 83 of Marion, passed away Friday July 20, 2018 at Heartland of Marion.

Jo was born on March 4, 1935 in Marion, the daughter of William G. and Edna (Frye) Earl. Upon graduating from high school, Jo continued her education at the Ohio State University earning her Master’s degree in education.

She was united in marriage to Robert “Larry” Greenwood on September 16, 1956. They have shared nearly 62 years of marriage and made memories that will last a lifetime.

Jo was a devoted educator in the River Valley School district for 30 years. It was there that she inspired, mentored and cared for her students. Jo was responsible for starting all of the girls sporting events at River Valley and also coached the girls in track, volleyball, cheerleading, pep club and more. A proud achievement for Jo was becoming the Athletic Director for River Valley, this made her the first female athletic director in the state of Ohio.

Travel was another passion of Jo’s; she and her husband owned and operated Uniglobe Towne & Country Travel for over 30 years. They planned individual and corporate travel for all over the world. Jo and Larry’s favorite trips were the many cruises they took.

As a young girl, Jo helped her father and uncle raise dairy cows and she showed them at the fair. As she got older and started her family, her children became her great joy. As her family grew and her children married and had children of their own, the title of “grandma” became one of her proudest achievements. She will also be remembered for her great love of OSU sports, especially football. Jo and Larry attended countless games including away games. She also loved watching her son coach and her grandchildren play.

She is survived by her devoted husband Robert “Larry”  Greenwood; her son Randy (Kathy) Greenwood; grandchildren: Jason (Audrey) Jenkins, Brady Greenwood and Kylee (Bob) Herberger; special friends: Sue Mullins, Jerry and Dorothy Emery and Judy Penix; and several cousins.

Jo is preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Tami Reiff.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St. Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Funeral service will be Thursday at the funeral home at 10:30AM with Derek Wright officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ohio Health Hospice or Heartland of Marion.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Greenwood family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Larry & Randy,
    My deepest condolences in regards to Jo’s passing. She truly was an amazing woman and mentor. Her zest for life will forever be remembered. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in all of the wonderful memories you have of her.

  • Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers be with you during your time of sorrow.
    Mrs. Greenwood will always be remember for the many years she was with the River Valley School District. Rest in Peace in heaven. All of your students will miss you,

  • It is very unlikely she would have ever remembered me, but I remember her from high school. When Tonya Webb posted on FB, I learned of her passing. We express our deepest sympathies to your family at the loss of a loved one such as her. I graduated from RV in 79.

  • Randy Cathy and Larry, so sorry for your loss, she was a very special person and will forever be remembered at RV.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. When I think of Jo, I think of River Valley and the many young people she influenced in such a positive way.
    Later in life, she helped my husband and me plan a beautiful vacation to Hawaii.
    She had a zest for life which was contagious! My prayers are with her family.

  • My memories of Mrs. Greenwood are always ones of joy. One of her first teaching positions was as high school English Literature and composition teacher at Claridon. I remember her enthusiasm for having us study and read out loud some of Shakespeare’s plays. My best of good memories to her family and loved ones.

    Linda Rapp Ricker

  • Randy & Kathy – Jeff and I are so very sorry for your loss. Jo was a wonderful woman and great travel agent. You were truely blessed to have such an amazing mother.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts n prayers are with you and family. She was a fantastic person she will be missed. RIP Jo God Bless you!!!!

  • My condolences and prayers for mrs greenwood’s family. SHE WAS MY GYM TEACHER in school.i loved her so much.i truly believe she cared.i remember she helped me with a diet I was trying to stick to one time.she would eat lunch with me ( the same) as I did. I believe she touched so many young girls hearts with her loving and caring personality. She will always be remembered. She was one of a kind.RIH Mrs Greenwood

  • Larry, Randy and Kathy,
    When I think of Jo, I remember many, many great times. From gym class, pep club, lots of good talks, ‘babysitting’ Tami and Randy, league bowling, and OSU games, Jo made everything fun. She will be missed but her memories will live on. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Karen (Miller) Caudill

  • Mrs. Greenwood was a very special teacher. I loved her classes. I believe she was just out of college when she started teaching at Claridon.
    Teachers like her make a difference in this world.
    I am so sorry for your loss but it was a life well lived.

  • So sad to hear this news….she was a wonderful person…..there really is no way to know how many lives she changed!!! I have always been grateful that she was in my life…..not too many girls got to play sports back in the day….but because of Mrs Greenwood….I did. Prayers for her family and I just know …she’ll be enjoying heaven. Kathy (Miller) Yakovich

  • I am so very sorry for your loss! 💔
    Coach Greenwood was such an inspiration to me off and on the court. She was also a great mentor who was full of life and compassion, and with the patience of Job : ). 🦋

    She truly challenged my black and white thinking, opening my mind to possibilities and making room for opportunities. 🌈 She believed in me and inspired me to do the same … which was such a great gift that I hope to gift to others for generations. She will be truly missed ❤️🌸🙌🏻🌟🌷

  • Deepest sympathies for your loss. Jo was an asset to River Valley and made all of my many travel plans when I was at FCA. She always had a twinkle in her eye and a ready smile. Prayers and hugs to the family.

  • Sorry to hear of the loss of Jo. I met Jo during her Uniglobe days. She and her team helped me organize several class trips mostly to Washington, DC for my junior high students. She and her team were very helpful. She also inspired me to look into becoming a travel agent, but I went a different route. She was the best. My condolences to her family. Jo was a special lady.

  • Grandma Jo was a tough n fun lady that we loved and adored-a true trailblazer, she will forever be in our hearts❤️ So sorry for your loss you are all in our prayers.

  • Larry and Randy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Jo was such a special lady and a wonderful inspiration to all that knew her.
    I hope you can find comfort in God and all of the wonderful memories of Jo.
    Rest In Peace Jo you will sorrowfully missed.

  • It is sad to hear of “Greenie’s” passing. I am so grateful to have had her fun and loving leadership while cheerleading for RV football 71-73. Her energy and joy! What a presence. She made me feel loved and she truly shared in our enthusiasm for sport. Thank you, Greenie. Love always.

  • I remember Jo warmly from my English literature class at Claridon which was one of my favorite classes in high school. Condolences to the Greenwood family.

    Sue Crum Clifford
    Claridon Class of 1961

  • I remember “Mrs Greenwood” from my junior and senior year at River Valley High School…I was new to the school and she welcomed me with open arms..We had many long talks and she always had my back…I took a trip to Australia and she walked me through the procedure of traveling..She was a wonderful loving person and I will miss her dearly..

  • Mrs. Greenwood will always be a special person to me—all the time we spent together was so much fun. I just loved to be around her. Letting us wear our sweat pants under our cheerleading uniforms when it was 30 degrees out, bus rides to and from volleyball games and track meets…there are so many memories I’ll never forget. She was a wonderful person to talk to and share things with. Always an encourager. Much love to Mr. Greenwood and Randy at this sad time. I will miss her always.

  • Mrs. Greenwood was a GREAT educator. A historic professional who touched many lives and made them better. Many people owe a lot to her because of her devotion and dedication to them. She was a true leader and innovator in her career. May God be with the family during this time of grief.

  • So sorry for your loss. I was an imported freshman from the city school system in 1956 and knew Jo well but never had the pleasure of her being one of my teachers through high school. She was a treasure and will be sorely missed by all of those who knew her.

  • Randy and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. “Greenie” was more than a teacher and coach to so many of us. She encouraged us to push ourselves beyond where we felt we could go, whether in sports or life in general. She will be missed but not forgotten.

  • Mrs. Greenwood, you will always hold a special place in my heart. You inspired me, challenged me, taught me and laughed with me. For that, I am grateful. If life is measured by good deeds and kindness – you lived a rich and full life.
    Sending love to Randy and Mr. Greenwood.

  • Randy and Kathy
    I just saw this on the River Valley Facebook
    I am so sorry, last time I spoke with your mom was right after the wedding and she was so happy.
    Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you both, and your father.
    JeanAnne Cheney (Piatt)