JoAnn Grinnen, 83

JoAnn Grinnen, 83, of McMurray, PA and formerly of Wampum, PA died on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 following an extended illness.

Born October 8, 1930 in East Palestine, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Louise B. McRoberts Mibuck. She was married for 44 years to Robert M. Grinnen who passed away March 24, 1991.

JoAnn owned and operated JoAnn’s Beauty Shop in Wampum for many years. She was a member of the Wampum Presbyterian Church. She was an avid and accomplished bridge player with a Master’s Designation. She also enjoyed cooking.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy (Tom) Magazzine of Leesburg, VA, Jill (Dr. George) Jastrzebski of Reston, VA; her companion, Karl Brammer of McMurray; three grandchildren, Monica (Blake) Byram, Ryan (Beata) Magazzine, David Jastrzebski; and two great grandchildren, Grant and Grace Byram.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Huston and a brother, James B. Mibuck.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday January 4, 2014 from 11:00 am until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 341 Main Street Wampum. Her pastor, Rev. Dr. William R. McGary will officiate. Interment will follow in the Clinton Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to DAV or the Humane Society.

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2 thoughts on “JoAnn Grinnen, 83

  1. My deepest heartfelt condolences on the passing of Aunt Jo.

    When I think of her, I feel full of love and light.

    I loved our chats about everything from family history to what we were each cooking for a meal. She was always sharp as a tack and strong in opinions—which she was happy to share 🙂 She gave me so much heartfelt advice which I cherish. I always had such a warm and wonderful feeling after we talked.

    My heart goes out to everyone who is feeling the loss right now—Judy & Jill and their families, and Karl–such a wonderful man. She has been so happy in recent years!

    I miss you Aunt Jo…you will live in my heart forever.

  2. Greetings and condolences from Rome on the passing of Aunt Jo. I want so much to be with all of you during this time but distance and weather made it very difficult to be able to get a flight so quickly so in the end I decided not to come.

    I felt something wasn’t right over the last few weeks and was going to call Aunt Jo on my birthday but then never did. She was always sending me cute sayings or stories over email which I appreciated but I hadn’t heard from her in a long time. I will remember her fondly and will miss her zest for life. She never gave up over these last several years and bouts with illness. I hope I have half her courage for whatever I will face in the future. It is comforting for me to know that Mom and Kirk were waiting for her in heaven, along with everyone else who passed on before her.

    Judy and Jill, I loved your mom and am glad she has always been a part of my life. She may have been difficult at times but I hope you remember the good and generous heart she had for everyone around her. Now having lived in Rome, I think she must have had some Italian blood in her as she sure was passionate about things. Cherish all the wonderful memories you had with her and blessings as you move on in your lives. There is something moving about being the next generation. I hope we are up for it.

    Karl, I have some special comments for you, too. Thank you for loving and caring for Jo Ann over these last years. I am sure she wasn’t always easy to live with but you stayed by her side and that means a lot to me. Thank you and I am so sorry for your loss since you have had to live through two special women in your life that have passed on before you. Blessings to you over the next several weeks and months as you adjust to Aunt Jo’s absence. I trust your children will be a great support to you.

    Lovingly, Jany

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