Josie E. Staley

December 18, 1949 ‒ May 29, 2018

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Josie E. Staley, age 68, of Mount Gilead, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, at her residence with the company of her daughter. Her battle with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) has come to an end.

On December 18, 1949, Josie was born to the late George T. “Lucky” and Josephine I. (Morrison) Hull in Bath, New York. After graduating McDowell High School in 1967 Josie attended Rio Grand College.

Finding her one true love, Josie married Virgil S. Staley on December 19, 1970 at Christ United Methodist Church in Erie, PA.

Over the years, Josie has mastered the art of real estate. She worked as a loan underwriter for Park West Corporation in Columbus. Josie was a realtor/ broker of her own firm: Amick Realty and served as the past president of the Morrow County Board of Realtors. To prepare for retirement, and be closer to home and her family, Josie became a bank teller at First Knox National Bank.

With an appreciation of “good” music, Josie LOVED Josh Groban. She was a member of THE FRIENDS OF JOSH GROBAN. In fact, Josie was his number 8 fan club member! She loved to travel with her golden Grobanites to see his shows and even saw 6 shows in one week.

Josie enjoyed watching church services on Christian T.V. and being ministered to locally by the Vessel Community Church. When she could, Josie also loved to travel and if her travels lead her to a beach she was always extra happy.

Her biggest accomplishment in life was being a successful mother of three daughters. Josie often was the light of the room. Her sweet, fiercely loving, loyal, encouraging, and supportive personality was such a joy to be around. Josie’s caring and generous soul will be missed by many.

She will be dearly missed by her husband, Virgil; daughters: Mindy Staley of Worthington, Marcia (David) Young of Mount Gilead, and Andrea Staley of Chicago; grandchildren: Chelsey (Jalen) Brown, Claire and Wyatt Young; great-grandchild on the way, Jackson Brown; sisters: Harriett Onorato and Denise Snyder; brothers: Skip, Joe, Don, Daniel, and Douglas Artz; numerous nieces and nephews; and her loving canine companion, Gracie.

Josie was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Richard Hull; and sisters: Dorothy Artz and Debbie Snowball.

Her family will greet friends from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338) Services celebrating her life will be held there at 4:00 PM with Pastor Jesse McLeod officiating.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International or Find Your Light Foundation and may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Josie’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • To Virgil and all the family. Sending warm thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. No doubt Josie will be greatly missed, may our sweet Lord Comfort you all!

  • Josie was a dear friend to me for many, many years. Although we didn’t see each other often, out friendship remained strong. She will be missed. Prayers for all of the family in this time of grieving. She loved you all so!

  • So sorry Virgil, Marcia, Mindy and Andrea. I don’t remember ever seeing your mom without a smile.

  • Virgil and family,
    Josie was such a sweet soul and I am sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you and hoping you find comfort and peace in one another.

  • Virgil and family,

    I’m so sorry for the loss of a beautiful woman. Praying for peace and love during this difficult time.

    With Love,
    Darlene (Tingley) Romine

  • To Virgil, Mindy and the family: our deepest sympathies. Though we are so far away, your loss touches us too. Our prayers are with you.

    2 Corinthians 13:14

    Ian Barnes & Monica Mealy-Barnes
    Palmerston North, New Zealand

  • Virgil and girls. I am so sorry to hear of Josie’s passing. I will be praying for all of you.

  • Very sorry to hear about Josie. I enjoyed working with her at FK. Good memories.

  • Sending sincere thoughts and prayers to each of you and your families during this difficult time.

  • Thoughts and prayers go out to Virgil and the entire family. Sad loss of a kind hearted woman.

  • So sorry for your loss, keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Dear Virgil and family, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you during this very difficult time.

  • Dear Virgil, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you feel God’s comfort and peace.

    Howard & Marilyn Huston

  • Virgil, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We had some great times at Rio will always remember her smile and soft voice. God Bless You Roger & Jenifer Miller

  • My sympathies to the family. Josie will always be in my memories as a good friend and a wonderful companion on the road as we followed Josh Groban to share the joy of his music.

  • Please accept my most heartfelt condolences for the passing of your beloved Josie. She was a lovely woman, inside and out. I had the great pleasure of her company on many Josh Groban trips and concerts, and shared her fun personality with many other caring friends. She took great joy in family, music and friendship, and she will be very much missed. 💖

  • Virgil thinking of you and your family and praying for you as always. He has prepared a place you and Josey is in that wonderful place we await our Heavenly reunion with our loved ones. Blessings to you all.
    Because He Lives
    Dan and Mary Bowers

  • I’m so sorry that I wasn’t able to attend Josie’s funeral. After about 20 Wednesdays at her side I couldn’t help but her love her and her friendship. I plan to see her again someday. I’ll keep you all in my prayers.