Jo Ann Altman

January 12, 1934 ‒ March 03, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

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

  • Marty and Debbie, So sorry about your loss, she sounds like an amazing lady, and will be missed. May the memories help you through this trying time D’ Wisenbarger

  • To friends and family of Jo im sorry for your loss my prayers will be with you at this sad time of need, when i was reading her obituary i was amazed of how a wondeful women she was she did alot of things and she talented. I see that her family meant alot to her so she would only hope that you guys are still happy even though shes gone. I would like to share with you a very thoughtful encouraging promise from god he has given us hope that we will see our loved ones again because he knows the pain we face losing someone. John 5:28,29 tells us that God is going to resurrect those who passed away, Isnt that something wonderful to look forward to and also revelation 21:4 gives us a hope of nomore death, pain and suffering we have.

  • DEAR PETE AND FAMILY, WE ARE SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. WE ALWAYS LOOKED FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE FAMILY REUNIONS. JO WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER,SHE WAS SO MUCH FUN. YOU HAVE BEEN A LOVING AND DEDICATED FAMILY. GOD BE WITH YOU. LOVE, KATHY & TOM

  • Pete I’m so sorry for your loss I know Jo was the light of your life some day you will reunite with her that’s the hope we all have as Christians take care of yourself we will miss you and Jo

  • Pete, We are so sorry to hear of Jo’s death. We have good memories of her at Thrivent events. May God bring comfort to your entire family.

  • Dear Pete and Family, So sorry for your loss. Jo was a dynamic lady with so many
    activities she was in benefiting her family, church, and community. She was a dear lady, and know you will always have those fond memories of her as a wife, and mother. Larry and Cheryl Lantz

  • Our sympathy to all the family. Jo had an interesting life and accomplished so much. We appreciate the Ohio relatives traveling to the PA reunions.

  • To the Altman family, Losing a loved one in death is never easy. May you find comfort in God’s promise that we will see our loved ones again. John6:40

  • I am so sorry to hear about your great loss Revelation 21:3,4says death will be no more nor pain nor sorrow nor mourning be anymore the former things have pass away I hope these words were a comfort to you and your family