Joanne “Jo” Hill

January 12, 1950 ‒ January 08, 2020

Galion, Ohio

Joanne “Jo” Hill, 69, of Galion passed away surrounded by her family and friends who loved her on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Mill Creek Nursing Center in Galion after a brave battle with cancer.

She was born January 12, 1950 in Chillicothe and was the daughter of the late Clyde B. and Elsie (Dullmeyer) Hill.

Jo graduated from Chillicothe High School in 1968. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Science/Speech Therapy major from Miami University, proud member of Sigma Sigma Sigma.

She later received her Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.  Jo retired after working as a speech therapy teacher.

Jo was an accomplished seamstress and Dog-sitter and loved to ride her bicycle daily.

Jo is survived by nieces and nephews, Jeff (Diane) Oakes of Maineville, Ohio, Teresa Kuzman of Hilliard, Ohio, Jenny (John) Berry, Paul Griesheimer and Jo Ellen (Buzz) Detty all of Chillicothe, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two sisters, Miriam Hill Griesheimer Kennison and Winnie Hill Oakes and a nephew, Kevin Griesheimer, Sr.

In her last week of life, she gave her heart to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Jo was deeply loved by her family and her many friends and acquaintances in the Galion community.

The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of her community of friends who loved her.

A celebration of her life is being planned at a later date.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Joanne Hill, and condolences may be made to them at


  • We are so very sorry to here this. My husband and I both worked with Jo at Northmor School. She was always good for a joke. Sending prayers to her family. God bless you.

  • I worked with Jo at Edison Elementary School and we shared our Birthday. I was so sorry to hear of her illness and her passing. I send condolences to her family.

  • I worked with Jo at Mt. Gilead years ago. She was so good at what she did—and was a true friend to all. We are sorry to hear of her death and send our sincere sympathy to her family.

  • Ms Hill you will be missed as you touched so many lives, you were a blessing to so many during your years as an instructor and I look forward to seeing you again.

  • Jo was a special lady so talented with her sewing projects. She had many friends here especially Joyce Hartge. Thank you for spending time with her when she really needed you. May she rest in peace in the loving arms of her Savior Jesus Christ. Thinking of all of the family and her friends.

  • Shared many laughs with Jo. Her humor will be missed. She taught me how to navigate the world of an SLP and not stress about it. I’ll always remember her laugh, her birthday pies, which she’d bring to NCOSHA meetings, her quick wit, her calm demeanor, her keen mind, her love for the kids she served, the dogs she sat for, the beauty in the simple things of life. One day we will celebrate our birthdays again. With pie, in Heaven. Love ya Jo.

    • I always looked forward to seeing Jo at those NCOSHA meetings. She had a great sense of humor and a keen mind, as Rita mentioned. We shared a few laughs and I always left the meeting feeling reconnected and refreshed. Jo, thank you, you will be missed, until we meet again in Heaven.

  • Condolences to Jo’s family. I worked with her at Mt. Gilead and was one of the recipients of Jo’s beautiful doll wedding dresses. I am sorry that I did not know that she was ill; we lost contact after retirement.
    Pat Rinehart

  • I knew Jo from the time we were in elementary school together in Chillicothe. She was a good friend to me and to my parents. She always sent my folks cards on their birthdays. I have had long phone conversations with her many times in the past few years. I was surprised not to hear from her at Christmas this past year. I do not know Jo’s family, but I send my condolences and prayers for comfort.

  • We are sending our sincerest condolences to Jo’s family. I graduated with Jo and always loved her sense of humor. Prayers of comfort for all of you.

  • Jo was a person that always thought of others , always remembering birthdays and anniversaries. Her sense of humor was special, she will be missed. Condolences go out to family she left behind.

  • We only knew Jo for a couple of years but we so enjoyed being her neighbor. She and I had old blue Schwinn bicycles and she referred to them as our Hardley’s!
    Tears of joy that she gave her life to the Lord! RIP friend!

  • Jo was so special ,helpful, and kind. She was a joy to be with always. She took such great care of our dog and me. Marnie perked up every time she heard Jo’s name mentioned. I am so sad that I did not get to talk to her one last time to tell her how special she was. My condolences to her family.

  • Jo and I were dear friends and speech pathologists together early in our careers. We both lived in Galion and did many things together. I found another job in northeast Ohio and moved away. We kept in touch for many years. I am so sad to hear of her suffering and passing. She will always be in my prayers. I send sincere condolences to all her family and dear friends.

  • I just learned of Jo’s passing. I had lost touch. she was such a good friend to me. I met her when I needed someone to drive me to visit my husband at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. We became friends and confidants.We talked about faith and church and she had said she wasn’t a church goer I am so thankful that she gave her heart to the Lord before passing. She certainly deserves to be sp[reading her friendship all around up there. Sadly missed

    Darlene Kennedy