Fifty five years ago on November 5, 1965, the world welcomed the force of nature that was, Jo Layshock. A lifetime resident of Newton Falls, she graduated from Newton Falls High School in 1984. Many of her classmates became life-long friends.
Jo was a hard worker and spent much of her working career in factories throughout Northeast Ohio. However, she was most proud of her job at General Motors. She was devastated when the plant closed.
Jo loved watching football, especially her beloved Pittsburg Steelers and Ohio State Buckeyes. She enjoyed being the only Steeler fan in a room full of Browns fans, particularly because she was usually the only one cheering. Jo loved animals and always had a pet. Her cat, Monkey, was her faithful companion for 20 years. She was a gifted photographer who had a knack for capturing the perfect shot. She shared many of her nature and Newton Falls photos on Facebook, to the delight of her many friends.
Jo will be greatly missed by her family which includes her mother, Jean Layshock; her sisters, Marie (Rich) Monteville and Mary Ann (Dino) Ricci and her brother, Dan (Linda) Layshock. She also has many dear nieces, nephews and cousins. Her beloved father, who loved to call her Jolly Jo, passed on exactly the same day three years ago. It is a comfort to know that they are together again.
Jo had many friends who she loved dearly and who dearly loved her. It is true that she never met a stranger and you couldn’t help but smile when she was around. Her many friends at The Riverview and Amvets Post 112 will miss her greatly. The Stanley and McLaughlin families adopted her as their own and she treasured their love and friendship.
It would make Jo happy if you would consider donating to a favorite charity in her name. Animal charities, such as Never Muzzled, P.O. Box 293, Newton Falls, Ohio 44444 and dementia research were causes close to her heart. This debilitating disease took the father she loved. The Center for Dementia Research Nathan Kline Institute, 140 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangebury, New York 10962, ATTN: Ralph Nixon, M.D. PhD would be another to consider.
There will be no formal services for Jo, per her request. A Celebration of Life party will be planned at a time that does not include social distancing. In the meantime, pray for our family, raise a glass and share a memory.
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