October 09, 2020) - Jo Ann Hathaway, age 79, regained her sight and saw
the face of Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on Thursday, October 1, after
her sudden passing at home.
Jo Ann was born on September 6, 1941,
to Charles and Lucille Valerio, in Syracuse, New York. She graduated
from The Convent School in Syracuse and attended Syracuse University
before moving to Baltimore, Maryland, and working as a medical
transcriptionist at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
JoAnn married Duane
Hathaway on September 6, 1971, and made her home in Wilton, Maine, for
eighteen years until moving to Iron Mountain, in 1989, where she lived
for the remainder of her life.
Jo Ann loved discussing current
events and talking on the phone to her friends and family, eating good
food (including Cheerios and cherries), visiting family, watching the
Green Bay Packers and the Young and the Restless, and shopping on QVC
and at WalMart.
Jo Ann never let her blindness get in the way of
what she wanted to do. In earlier years, she would often travel across
the country by herself, and she recently visited all of the Great Lakes,
various museums, and lots of family in several states.
Jo Ann is
survived by her children Terry (Danny) Macomber of Jay, Maine; Greg (Alchel)
Hathaway of Everett, Washington; Bonnie (Tom) Finnerty of Pulaski, New
York; Jason (Sam) Hathaway of Pearland, Texas; and Jaime Hathaway of
Iron Mountain; a former daughter-in-law, Christina Reich of St. Charles,
Missouri; sixteen grandchildren; her brother, Charles (Donna) Valerio of
Simpsonville, South Carolina; many nieces and nephews; a large family of
cousins, all of whom she loved very much; a dear friend, Cecile Hathaway
of Wilton, Maine, and numerous other friends. Jo Ann was preceded in
death by her parents, her sister, Kathleen Baldus, and her husband.
Funeral services will be on Saturday, October 10, at 10:00 AM at
Community Bible Chapel in Norway, with a graveside interment at Lakeview
Cemetery in Wilton, Maine, to take place in the summer of 2021.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Ligonier Ministries Radio
or The Gideons International (https://www.gideons.org/donate).