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Joan Watts Glockner

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Joan Watts Glockner Obituary
Glockner, Joan Watts
Joan Watts Glockner passed away peacefully at her home on December 1 at the age of 94. Her family rejoices that she is now reunited with many loved ones who have preceded her into eternal life, especially her beloved husband Dr. Robert J. Glockner, (d. 1970), their son James Joseph (d. 1957), her parents Chapman A. and Helen V. White Watts, sister Margaret Watts Kastor, brother William A. Watts, and daughter-in-law Carol Ann Brinkworth Glockner. Joan was born in Huntington, WV, March 16, 1923 (on her only sister's birthday!) and grew up in Huntington and later Portsmouth and Athens, Ohio. She married the love of her life, childhood sweetheart Bob Glockner, on July 4, 1944, the only day Bob could get leave from his duties as a Lieutenant in the Navy Air Corps during World War II. She was a nurse, graduating from Christ Hospital School of Nursing as an R.N. in 1944. Joan and Bob spent most of their married lives in Lancaster, Ohio, setting up Dr. Glockner's Podiatry practice, raising their four children and being active in St. Mary Parish and School, Bishop Fenwick High School, and in many civic and social activities. After her husband's untimely death, Joan earned her B.S.N. degree and later her M.A. from Ohio University. She practiced nursing at the offices of Urling, Clark, and Lifer in Lancaster and was the school nurse at Lancaster High School. She later taught Nursing at Hocking College, where she was a beloved teacher and mentor for nearly 10 years. Her vocation was as a homemaker, wife and mother (and later grandmother of eleven and great grandmother of eighteen children). She was multi-talented and loved to learn and develop new skills. She led the family in singing (on car trips or around the piano) and taught them to cook, bake, sew, knit, and much more. For her family and many others, she was a model of faith and hope in the Lord, of selfless love for her husband and family, of tireless giving, and of gracious, elegant, ladylike demeanor. Her loss is mourned by her children and their spouses: Margaret (Peggy) Glockner Hartshorn and husband Michael, Columbus, Susan Glockner Shonk and husband Dr. Richard Shonk, Cincinnati, Sally Glockner Metzger and husband Michael, Georgetown, Texas; Dr. William Robert Glockner, Cincinnati; by her grandchildren and their families: Timothy and Kelly Hartshorn, Kathleen (Hartshorn) and Chris Gerken, Jason Shonk, Robert and Wendy Shonk, Paul and Cristina Shonk, Father Charles Shonk, O.P., Brian Metzger, Jeremy Metzger, Nathan and Angela Metzger, Allison (Glockner) and Alex Fenwick, Michael Glockner; and by her great grandchildren: Audrey and Emerson Hartshorn, Bridget, Brendan and Brody Dwyer, Violet, Mira, Scarlett, Spencer, Francis, Bernardo, Cecilia and Lenora Shonk, Neela, Sarah, Jackson and Lucy Metzger, and "baby" Fenwick. The family wants to thank Kathy Osgood, her loving caregiver, and Kindred Hospice. Arrangements handled by Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, Worthington. Visiting hours: December 4, 4:30-7:30. December 5, 9:30 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection, followed by internment at Lancaster St. Mary Cemetery, near noon. Donations in Joan's name may be given to Heartbeat International, www.heartbeatinternational.org. Condolences to www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2017
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