Official Obituary of

Mary Jo Roberts

October 11, 1947 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Mary Roberts Obituary

Mary Jo Roberts passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural causes on February 2, 2024, in Cortland, Ohio. Born on October 11, 1947, in Kinsman, Ohio, Mary Jo's life was a testament to her spirited nature and her capacity for love. She was 76 years old.

She was a graduate of Joseph Badger High School and formed many friendships there that continued life-long.  She began her work life at Andover Industries, where she started as a laborer and, through her hard work, rose to the respected position of supervisor. 

Her work, however, was not complete yet. After two decades in a factory, Mary Jo began a new career passion and decided to drive a school bus.   She enjoyed 20 years of that love, first for the Conneaut, Pennsylvania Schools, and then for Lakeview Local Schools, retiring only two years ago. The joy she found in interacting with children on her routes made her heart happy, and her kindness left a lasting impression on many young lives.

Mary Jo's love for all things beautiful shone through also the things that she treasured.  She took pleasure in growing exquisite flowers and maintaining a beautiful yard, creating a sanctuary.  She found peace in the various forms of wildlife that visited her country home. She took special pleasure in feeding and identifying the birds from this region and was especially delighted by the hummingbirds that would visit her.

Mary Jo's collections continued her love of beauty and were a reflection of her diverse interests and included sunflowers, owls, clowns, Labrador Retrievers, and hummingbird art, not to mention her fantastic array of precious antique glassware. Her home was a treasure trove of the things she loved, each piece with its own story and special place in her heart.

Her love for animals too, was clear, especially for Labrador Retrievers. Mary Jo was known not just for adoring her many Labrador companions over the years, but also for opening her home to those in need of rescue. Her kindness extended beyond her human acquaintances to the animal world, which she cherished deeply.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her father, "Cork" Pohl; her mother, Garnet Ada Pohl; and her only sibling, Bette Jean DeBack. She leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter in her loving husband of 56 years, Richard Louis Roberts; her only child, Lisa Renee Moss; and her two adored grandchildren, Reagan Elizabeth Lew and Kenna Jameson Lew. Her family was the heart of her world, and she nurtured each relationship with the same tenderness and care that she gave to her gardens.  Mary Jo was cherished by her family for her center stage at family game night.  Though not always clear on the game itself, she was without a doubt the star of the show, creating a wellspring of memories for them to cherish forever.

Described by those who knew her as funny, spirited, and loving, Mary Jo's good humor and lively stories will live on happily in the memories of those that love her forever.

Though her departure leaves a void that cannot be filled, her spirit continues to live on in the memories she created and the lives she touched. Her legacy of kindness, her passion for life, and her unwavering love for her family will be cherished and remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Mary Jo Roberts's life was a portrait of joy, a life well-lived and well-loved. As we say goodbye to this remarkable woman, we celebrate the time we had with her and the countless ways she made our world a more beautiful place. She will be deeply missed, but the echoes of her laughter and the beauty of her heart will remain with us forever.

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