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SOMERSET: JoAnne VanSickle, 85, of Somerset, died at 1:45 a.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014, at Heath Nursing Care Center.
JoAnne was born April 18, 1929 in Somerset, Ohio, the daughter of the late Russell C. and Marcella S. Egan Orr.
She was a 1947 graduate of Holy Trinity High School. JoAnne was a homemaker and a member of the Patchwork Sisters Quilt Club. During her lifetime, she was a telephone operator in Columbus; had worked for the Board of Elections on election day; and enjoyed trips with other ladies of the Farm Bureau. JoAnne loved sewing, crafting and sharing her love of creating with others.
She is survived by three daughters, Leslie and Ronald Schifer of Marion, Lori and Norman Baldwin of Thornville and Lynn and Samuel Mason of Heath; one son, John R. and Martha VanSickle of Somerset; a daughter-in-law, Mary-Jo VanSickle of Somerset; eight grandchildren, Susan Schifer of Columbus, Robert and Beverly Schifer of Dayton, Sydney Mason and Benjamin Mason of Heath, Gary Partlo of Somerset, Marianne and Jeshua Henning of Columbus, Elizabeth and Brad May of Newark, and Lydia George of Somerset; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, James and Frances Orr of Gahanna and Robert and Janet Orr of Somerset.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John T. VanSickle; and her son, Jeffrey.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Bope-Thomas Funeral Home in Somerset where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 with Dave Mason officiating. Burial will follow in Somerset Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Rd., Newark, OH 43055, or to the Perry County District Library, 117 S. Jackson St., New Lexington, OH 43764.
Bope-Thomas Funeral Home
203 South Columbus Street
Somerset, OH 43783
Published in the Times Recorder on Aug. 16, 2014