Jo Ann Altman
January 12, 1934 ‒ March 03, 2015
MANSFIELD: Jo Ann Altman passed away March 3, 2015, at Hospice of North Central Ohio surrounded by her loving family.
Jo Ann was born January 12, 1934, to Reverend O. Paul and Florence Beighley in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. In 1947 the family moved to Lexington, Ohio, where Jo attended high school. Jo and her twin sister, Jean, were cheerleaders for Lexington High School.
Jo was married to Marion (Pete) Altman on April 1, 1949. They had their first son, Marty Altman, in 1949. In August of 1956 Jo joined the Women’s Army Corps and was active for two years. Upon returning home she attended business school in Akron. In 1958 Jo and Pete had their second son, Michael Altman.
Jo worked for General Motors as supervisor of the payroll department in Ontario, Ohio. While working, Jo earned her BA in Business Education from The Ohio State University. In 1986, she was selected as the T.W.I.N (A Tribute to Women and Industry) Award Project recipient. Jo retired from General Motors in 1987. She helped organize and was president and secretary of the GM Salret Club.
Jo and her sister were extraordinary piano players and Jo had a keen interest in music throughout her entire life. She was very involved in church and helped with children’s choirs and directed several youth groups at First English Lutheran Church. She was also active in children’s programs at Lucas Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s Church, and Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church during Vacation Bible School. When Jo and Pete were in Florida, Jo sang with the Methodist Church choir and was one of the “winter” soloists.
Jo and her husband spent many years singing and playing music and playing golf. She was a member of the ladies golf league at Pebble Creek. She also was very talented in crocheting and knitting. She was extremely active in the lives of her family and loved ones, never missing sporting events or programs that her children or grandchildren were involved in. Family meant everything to her.
Jo is survived by her husband, Pete Altman, sons, Martin (Debbie) Altman of Butler, Ohio, and Michael (Julie) Altman of Ashland, Ohio, grandchildren, John (Deborah) Altman of Bellville, Ohio, Ashley Altman of Ashland, Ohio, and Ian Altman of Columbus, Ohio, great grandchildren, Samantha, Gavin, and Lyla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Robert, Richard, and John, and her twin sister, Jean Wright. Her Twin sister passed away one year and a day before Jo.
The family will receive friends, Sunday March 8, 2015 from 2-5 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday at 11 am at First English Lutheran Church, 53 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, OH 44902, where the family will receive friends the hour prior. The Rev. Paul Larson will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park. Military honors will be performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of North Central Ohio may be made through the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Altman family and online condolences may be expressed by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com