Joan Marie Walrath

Walrath Joan Marie Walrath, age 82, "Lived as a saint, left as an angel" A Christmas birth who left us on Christmas Eve. Survived by husband, Richard E. Walrath, 83; son, Craig Walrath; daughters, Lisa (Thomas) Koch and Pamela (David) Russell; grandchildren, Amanda Hickman, Tony Hickman, Branden Russell and Cody Howe; great grandchildren, Carter and Cameron Hickman; granddaughters-in-law, Melissa Hickman and Sloania Hickman. Joan retired from The Ohio State University as a Data Processing Manager. She started from a manual feed card system to a fully computerized system. She was called back to work as a consultant. Everyone who knew Joan realized they could not function without her. She was an avid Buckeye and Tiger Woods enthusiast. She enjoyed being around her loving family, New York Times crossword puzzles, Trivial Pursuit, various game shows and playing Wheel of Fortune on Play station 3 and was ranked number one in the world. She loved animals and enjoyed watching nature from her patio. Joan was married for 58 years to her husband, Richard, who also retired from The Ohio State University. They met in the 7th grade in Waterville, NY. She was Salutatorian of her high school class and attended Mary Washington College in Virginia. Joan cooked her two favorite meals for her family; Sausage and Noodles and Beef Stew. We have all tried to duplicate the recipe and it never tastes as good. She loved taking her children and grandchildren to Downtown Lazarus for Christmas shopping to see Santa and the holiday window displays. She began an annual tradition with her grandchildren to purchase a Nutcracker and select additions to her Dickens Village, which is currently posted on You Tube called "A Dickens of a Christmas." She also baked Christmas cookies with her children and grandchildren. She fought a brave battle against Cancer and was called home one day before her 83rd birthday. She will be missed by her family but will live on through the traditions she created and her love for the Christmas holiday season. She had compassion for the needy and gave regularly to Doctors Without Borders and The . A private memorial is being planned for family only. Please make contributions to either of these charities in memory of Joan. Arrangements by O. R. WOODYARD N. W. CHAPEL.

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O.R. Woodyard Funeral Home - Northwest Chapel
2990 Bethel Road Columbus, OH 43220
(614) 221-7746
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Dec. 28, 2013