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Anna Jo Selnick, Cincinnati Benefactor and Friend of the Arts, dies at age 73. Anna Jo Selnick (Jo), longtime resident of Indian Hill, died after a 14 month battle with cancer. She passed at her downtown Cincinnati home on Friday, May 24th, 2013. She was born to the late Foxie Dunagan and wife Nora Belle in Wayne County, Kentucky on December 17, 1939. Jo graduated with a BA from Western Kentucky University and was a member of the En Amie sorority. She taught at Wyoming Schools in Cincinnati. Jo met Dr. William Blake Selnick at the opera and the two were married in 1978. Jo's relationship with the arts extended to The Cincinnati Opera, (serving as Guild President for many years), Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati Symphony, The World Piano Competition, The May Festival, Madisonville Education and Assistance Center, and the Three Arts. Witty and jubilant, Jo was the "freshness factor" within the family. Regardless of the issue, Jo was the honest and empathetic voice of reason. Her husband, stepchildren, sisters, nieces, nephews, and thirteen grandchildren all relied upon Jo to be the life of the family (not to mention the life of the party). In addition to her friends and family, she adored cooking, "funny" jokes, entertaining, needlework and traveling. Jo and Bill's travels included Europe, China, Russia, India, Egypt, Canada, and Turkey as well as 49 U.S States with a trip to Hawaii that had been planned for later this spring. She always traveled with Bill Selnick on one side and her black leather fanny pack on the other. Jo and Bill also enjoyed their vacation homes and far away friends in Chautauqua, N.Y. and Bellaire, Florida. Jo is survived by her husband Dr. William Blake Selnick and her four step-sons, William Blake Selnick, Jr. and Elizabeth Sawyer Selnick of Cincinnati; The Reverend Thomas Conrad Selnick and Bishop Elizabeth Eaton Selnick of Ashtabula, Ohio; Robert Bruce Selnick and Sarah Warrington of Indian Hill; and J. Timothy Selnick and Michelle Selnick of Indian Hill. Jo adored her thirteen grandchildren: Jennifer Sigler; Tracy Sims and husband Gary Sims; Joey Mulica of New York, Megan Selnick; Rebekah Ray and husband Michael Ray of Ashtabula; William Blake Selnick, III of New York; Natalie Selnick; Susannah Selnick of Ashtabula; Anna Selnick; Lisa Selnick; J. Cory Selnick; Blake Selnick; and Sarah Mae Selnick. Three great grandchildren include: Ryan Sigler, Chase Sigler, and Edward Marshall Sims. Anna Jo is survived by her three sisters whom she adored and spoke with every day: Jean Sawyer Hayes and husband, the late E.P. "Tom" Sawyer and 2nd husband, the late Dr. Ray Hogan Hayes of Louisville, KY; Wanda Jones and the late Walton Jones of Louisville, KY and Maxine (Pat) Bigstaff and husband, the late Tom Bigstaff of Mt. Sterling, KY. Her nieces and nephews include: Diane Sawyer and husband Mike Nichols of New York; Linda Frankel and husband David Frankel of Miami, Florida & New York; T.J. Bigstaff and wife Becky Bigstaff of Mt. Sterling, KY.; Walton Jones of Louisville and Dr. Whitney Jones of Louisville, KY. Her great nephews include David Frankel of Berlin, Germany; Greg Frankel of Miami; T.J. Bigstaff of Mt. Sterling; Keaton Jones of Louisville; & Nikolas Jones of Louisville. Per Jo's request and in accordance with her elated personality, a celebration of her wonderful life will be held on Wednesday, May 29th, from 6pm to 10pm at the Camargo Club at 8605 Shawnee Run Rd, Indian Hill. A private grave-side service will be held at the family plot in Spring Grove Cemetery on Thursday, May 30th at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Anna Jo Selnick Scholarship Foundation c/o The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM), The Cincinnati Opera, and the Kentucky Cancer Foundation.

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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on May 28, 2013
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