Obituary for Jo Ann LaMuth

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Jo Ann LaMuth

July 3, 1946 - November 5, 2019

Jo Ann LaMuth was born on July 3, 1946, in Painesville, Ohio. She passed away surrounded by her beloved daughters, Lindsey Stearns Meissner (Michael) and Dana Jacqueline Stearns (Chris Jamal), and grandchildren, Graham Meissner and Evelyn Meissner. She was preceded in death by her father, Henry LaMuth (Henry LaMuth Middle School) and Mother, Ione. She is survived by brother, Henry LaMuth (Roxanne), sister, Jacqueline LaMuth, and many nieces and cousins.  She graduated from The Ohio State University with both a BS and MS and taught at Bexley High School, Capital University, and Columbus State for many years. Throughout her life, she enjoyed reading, her students, many cultural events and gardening.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bexley Education Foundation, The Fund for Excellence.  A celebration of life open house will be held in her honor on November 20, 2019 from 4pm-8pm at her home 2391 Brentwood Rd., Bexley, OH 43209.




A celebration of life open house will be held in her honor on November 20, 2019 from 4pm-8pm at her home 2391 Brentwood Rd., Bexley, OH 43209.


Christina Cappelletti posted on March 11, 2020

Ms. LaMuth was very cherushed by me as a student in the 80's at BHS. I LOVED her warmth and wit as my English teacher. She was deeply inspiring and supportive. She encouraged my creativity fiercely and even bought my ink drawing "Ronto the Unicorn," a piece I had created to go with my poem of the same name. She paid me $50 for it and framed it and hung it in her house. She showed me and she truly seemed happy with it. That act on her part became a critical reminder in my life to believe in myself. I wish I had a photo of the drawing, but I remember it clearly, artwork I was really proud of and a shy part of my identity that got enduringly affirmed by a great teacher. I have thought of her many times over the years and I wish I had been able to tell her that. I feel lucky to have known her, particularly at such a formative time in my life.

sherrie Toth posted on February 11, 2020

Oh my goodness. So sad to see this. Just finding out. :( I worked with Joanne on the purchase of her home at Apple Valley. She was one of the most fun and interesting ladies I have EVER worked with. Shes a special gal. Blessings and Hugs to the family. Thinking of you all. Sherrie Toth

Phillip Needham posted on November 20, 2019

I had Mz. LaMuth for creative writing way back in ..., well it was awhile ago. I thought I was so smart, and a good writer. She assigned me to "describe the taste of an apple" - and I couldn't. I just couldn't wrap my head around it. I could describe the feel, the texture, but not the taste. She was a wonderful teacher and supported me through that struggle, helping me to become a better writer and a better person.

Linda Reister posted on November 19, 2019

I will always remember your fun 4th parties and those sunglasses to always wore. So happy for our girls friendships and watching them grow up to have beautiful lives of their own. Amy cherished you as her teacher as you lead her way into journalism and successful career. God will bless you JoAnn for all those who lives you have touched. Fred and Linda Reister

Melanie Brodnik posted on November 14, 2019

I will greatly miss my 40 + year neighbor and friend, as well as her beautiful holiday parties. She will always remain in my heart as a dear friend. Love you Jo.... Melanie

Holly Jensen posted on November 12, 2019

I was so sad to hear of Ms. LaMuth's passing. She always encouraged me with my writing and was one of my most memorable teachers at Bexley. She went above and beyond. Today, I'm a published poet, and Ms. LaMuth will always be one of the Teachers That Mattered.

Pam Workman posted on November 12, 2019

JoAnn will live forever in the hearts and minds of her countless friends and former students! Always razor sharp and full of fun, JoAnn was a bright light in our lives. We send great love and admiration and gratitude in JoAnn’s memory. Pam, Tom, Chris and Sarah Workman

Luetta Marchant posted on November 8, 2019

All my love to your family.


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