Joanne M. Wilkinson

December 22, 1933 ‒ March 01, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Joanne M. Wilkinson, age 85 passed away Friday, March 1, 2019 at Grady Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

She was born on December 22, 1933 in Delaware to the late Herbert R. and Marie (Williams) Lackey.  After graduating from Orange High School in 1951, she married Paul Wilkinson in 1952.  Together they shared 66 wonderful years dedicated to raising a family and caring for each other’s needs.

Joanne worked as an advertising executive with The Delaware Gazette for almost 30 years and went on to act in the same capacity, as well as a part owner of the Dublin Villager.

A former member of South Berlin Presbyterian Church and its Fellowship Class, she was a current member of the First Presbyterian Church, assisting with the Altar Guild and Worship/Music Committee.  She was also a member of the Artisans Group in Marion, Delaware and Berlin Mother’s Clubs, as well as a former member of the Buckeye Valley Music Boosters.

Gifted with a needle and thread, she was an accomplished seamstress, making numerous wedding gowns for family members and friends. An avid gardener of flowers, she formerly served on the Ohio State Junior Fair Board as head of the hobby department, where she won accolades for her plaster of Paris artistry.  She was a saver and clipper of news articles of family and friends and loved to shop. At times stubborn, always organized with the needs of the household, she possessed a persistent personality.  Joanne was also wonderful cook; her cherry pie will long be remembered, just as her caring ways and love of family, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband Paul, daughters: Diane (Rex) Welker and Tricia (Steve) Shaw all of Delaware, daughter-in-law Rhonda Wilkinson of Texas, treasured grandchildren: August Wilkinson, Andrew and Brian Shaw, Christopher (Ellen Welker, Caroline Welker; step-grandchildren: Jason and Hollis Morgan; great-grandchildren: Landyn and Lahyn Fanus, and Riley Welker, special cousin whom she helped raise Donald (Linda) White, and their daughter Madonna (Perry) Wells, and her children Brianna and Leo Wells, sister Joyce (Marion) Wilcox of Delaware, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her son Larry Wilkinson, as well as in-laws: Arthur and Ruby Wilkinson.

Friends may call from 4-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware where services will follow 11:00 a.m. Wednesday with Rev. Deb Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in Cheshire Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Delaware, 73 W. Winter St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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  • Diane and Rex,

    I just wanted to send my heart felt sadness at the passing of your mother. I thought a lot of her. She was so kind and gracious when I worked at the Delaware Gazette. She made me a beautiful wedding dress and showed such interest in me and my wedding. I will never forget her kindness to me! You should be proud to have had her for a mother!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    God Bless,
    Bonnie (Colwell) Woodland

  • Dear Diane, Tricia and all of the Wilkinson extended family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever face.
    Wishing you peace in this time of mourning,
    Laurie (Thomas) Bauchmire

  • Diane ,Trish and families-
    We were so sorry to hear about your Mom. She reached out to us when Dad died….such a sweet lady. Great neighbors and sure have some great memories!! With Sympathy Dixie, Allen and Rhonda

  • Paul,
    I would like to show my respect in person; however I’m not able to do so at this time. Truly sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing.
    May God comfort you and family during your time of mourning.
    Sincerely, Sharon Maggard

  • Paul and family,

    I am sorry for your loss, and know that she will be missed. You are in my prayers,and may god comfort you during your time of sadness. I will always remember the good times we had together.

  • We were saddened to hear of the passing of JoAnne. Our thoughts are prayers are with the family at this time.