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Joanne Avers

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Joanne Avers

Carroll - Joanne Emma Avers, 81, dearly loved by all, died peacefully Friday, July 6, 2018 at the home of her daughter in Carroll, Ohio.

Joanne was born December 6, 1936 in Fremont to Lawrence & Velma (Binger) Ferkel. She graduated from Green Springs High School in 1954 and received her B.A. from Capital University.

On August 20, 1955 she married Rev. Robert Paul Avers. Their marriage was filled with an exceptional love for each other. Together they spent 10 years as missionaries in Ethiopia where she taught future teachers, led sewing classes, and raised her children with her love of Jesus and exuberance of life. After they returned to Ohio, Joanne taught 10 years in Tiffin. As a pastor's wife, she also faithfully served with her husband in Petersburg, Vickery, and Bettsville. Joanne and Bob volunteered 10 years for Habitat for Humanity in Utah, W. Virginia, and Ohio. After "retiring" she taught 6 years in Columbus and then home-schooled 2 of her grandchildren for 2 years in Illinois. They also enjoyed spending time with all their grandchildren even visiting as far as Madagascar. Joanne and Bob had 57 awesome years together before he preceded her in death on December 4, 2012.

Joanne Avers is survived by her children: Mark (Laura) Avers of Colorado; Deborah (R. Kevin) Mohr of Bluffton, Ohio; Dianne (James) Dannemiller of Carroll, Ohio; and Sharon (Robert) Arnold of Uniontown, Penn.; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; her brother, Richard (Cathy) Ferkel of Michigan; her brother-in-law Rev. James (Linda) Avers of Fremont; nephews and nieces.

Joanne found her life journey fantastic and full of joy because of her faith in Jesus. Her family will deeply miss her laughter and tears, vibrant personality, and her unconditional love for each of us.

Visitation will be 11:30-1:00pm Friday, July 13, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 147 W. Forest St, Clyde. Funeral service will be 1:00pm Friday with Rev. Mohr officiating and son Mark giving eulogy. Burial will follow in McPherson Cemetery. Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be given to Seneca County Habitat for Humanity, 65 Grace St, Tiffin, OH 44883 or Barnabas International for Mark & Laura Avers in Memory of Joanne, PO Box 708, Elkhorn, WI 53121-0708

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Published in the News-Messenger on July 11, 2018
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