Josephine “Jo” (McNeely) Winters

September 24, 1927 ‒ June 25, 2012

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: You’ve probably heard of the “Proverbs 31 woman”. This Bible passage is a portrait of a woman committed to God who lovingly serves her husband, is gracious in her relationships, sacrificial in mothering, and righteous in her behavior. Proverbs 31 describes a woman much like Jo Winters, in the eyes of her friends and especially her family, as she went home to meet her Lord and Savior, claiming the eternal reward that she worked so hard for in this earthly life.

Josephine “Jo” (McNeely) Winters passed away Monday morning, June 25, 2012 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a brief illness. She was 84.

Born Josephine McNeely on September 24, 1927 in Athens, Alabama, she was one of eight children to William and Christine (Roberts) McNeely. Jo was graduated from Latonia High School in Salem in 1946. Not long after her graduation her family moved to the Richland County area where she remained a lifelong resident.

On December 14, 1963 she married Robert Winters who preceded her in death in 1987. For 24 years Jo was an example wife committed and faithful.

Jo worked at Kroger as a cashier, and in advertising for Ideal Electric. She also worked in the drafting department at Westinghouse, leaving the work force to raise her family.

Jo raised her three children, enjoying every second. She felt her children were her blessing, joyful to fulfill the duties of motherhood. Jo invested in her children, an investment that came full circle as “her children rise up and call her blessed”.

Outside her central family, Jo was also the matriarch to her extended family. If there was a question about family history, or if any sought help, she was the first person they all looked to. She was proud to be the hub of the planning for the McNeely for many years.

o was a talented seamstress making many clothes for her children and grandchildren. Her gift was passed down to her granddaughters as she taught them to sew.

Jo lived for family gatherings where her special fried chicken was always expected. She also loved playing games and putting together jigsaw puzzles with her grandchildren.

She was a long-time member of McElroy Road Church of Christ where she was very active in children’s ministry, helping in the nursery and pre-school classes. She was also active in the women’s fellowship helping to provide for dinners.

Jo is survived by three children and their spouses Bruce Winters and Jie Gong of Hoffman Estates, IL, Brock and Sheila Winters of Lexington, and Brenda and Ron Johnson of Lexington. Also surviving are seven grandchildren Kelsey, Lindsey and Emily Winters, and Rebekkah, Sarah, Josh and Grace Johnson; siblings Lester (Jane) McNeely of Lucas, Millie Tamburrino of Mansfield, Betty (Ray) Thoman of Columbus, Melvin (Carol) McNeely of Mansfield, Ed (Niki) McNeely of Mason, a sister-in-law Ellie McNeely of Enon, and was “Aunt Jo” to numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Bill McNeely, a sister Margie McNeely, and a brother-in-law John Tamburrino.

Friends may call Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 4-8 pm in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Friday at 1pm. Pastor Steve Kistler and Jo’s nephew Eric Thoman will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Union Cemetery, Perrysville.

Memorial contributions in Jo’s memory may be made to McElroy Road Church of Christ through the funeral home.

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