Jo Anne T. Stephenson

November 12, 1929 ‒ August 08, 2013

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Jo Anne T. Stephenson, age 83, of Bellville, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2013 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a sudden illness.

She was born November 12, 1929 in Willard, one of six daughters to the late Fred and Mary Jane (Butterbaugh) Cox. Jo Anne graduated from Madison High School in 1948.

A lifelong Richland County resident, Jo Anne worked at the SanDar restaurant in Bellville, and also at Essex Wire in Lexington.

On September 8, 1951 she married Charles L. Stephenson, with whom she celebrated just one month shy of 62 years.

Jo Anne loved to dance, and was even graceful on a pair of roller-skates in her day. She enjoyed shopping, making the rounds to all of her favorite stores nearly every Sunday afternoon.

She is survived by her loving husband Charles L. Stephenson of Bellville, son Robert E. Stephenson and his fiancée Cheryl L. Leppert both of Findlay, daughter and son-in-law Carol and Richard Palange of Galion, and a son William E. Stephenson of Bellville; ten grandchildren Amanda L. (Allen) Aubrey, Sarah E. (Ryan) Schmitz, Nancy L. (Chad) Hiser, Jarrod L. (Sarah) Wiggins, Audra L. (Joe) Foltz, Nick H. Palange, Bethany J. Stephenson, Scott W. Stephenson, Keith J. Stephenson, and Justin P. Stephenson; nine great grandchildren, and a sister Jean Pittenger of Ontario, many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Jo Anne was preceded in death by four sisters Dortha Palm, Ima Snyder, Eileen Bechtel, and Bonnie Daiber.

Friends may call Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 4-7 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Monday at 10 am. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

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