JoAnn “Jo” Wilson, 77, of Findlay, peacefully passed away in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Bridge Hospice Care Center due to complications from ALS. She was born on January 21, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa to the late Ricardo R. and Edna M. (Houser) Fontana. On September 2, 1960, Jo married Mike Wilson and he preceded her in death in 2008.

Jo graduated from Ankeny High School in Iowa. She was the activities coordinator at Fox Run Manor from 1982 – 2015 and prior to that, the Ladies Fitness Center director at the YMCA in Marion, Ohio for 7 years. Jo was also coordinator for Meals on Wheels and member of the Moose and Amvets.

Jo is survived by her children, Wendy (Mike) Wilson of Delphos, Duke (Tracy) Wilson of Bowling Green, Dusty (Lisa) Wilson of Findlay; grandchildren, Devyn, Brock, Darby, Sophia, Chloe, Tanna, Colt Wilson, Adam and Jessica Haydel. She is also survived by a brother, Rocky Fontana of Minneapolis, MN; sisters, Shirley Miller and Susan Aunspach, both of Ankeny, IA; and her special friends, Jay, Jill, and Darol. Jo was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Fontana in 1980.

A Celebration of Jo’s Life will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend, 9250 Township Road 208, Findlay, OH 45840. HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500) has been entrusted with the arrangements. The family suggests memorial contributions in Jo’s name be sent to Teddy’s Rescue, 12409 CR 99, Findlay, Ohio 45840.

Hufford Funeral Home

17 thoughts on “JoAnn “Jo” Wilson

  1. I used to work with Jo years ago at Fox Run at the old building. She was a pleasure to work with. She was always easy to talk to about family, friends, life, work. She is greatly missed. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers

  2. We were sorry to here about Jo. She was such a lovely Lady. My Mom Polly loved her alot. They can hangout together in Heaven. Our prayers are with you.

  3. Wendy, Mike, and Sophie,
    So sorry for your loss. Jo was a wonderful person and I always looked forward to working with her at Fox Run. Samantha also has many memories of ‘working with Jo and Riley’ when she would come to Fox Run. We will miss her.

  4. We wish to send our sincere condolences to the Wilson family on the passing of JoAnn. We have known her for many years. Jo and I attended Union School, a one room country school in rural Iowa. She was one year behind me. We then both attended Ankeny High School where she met her future husband, Mike. Mike was in our class of 1959 and Jo was the class of 1960. We visited them in Findlay and they came to see us in Louisville. We cherish the memories of many years.

    George and Marti Plager

  5. I worked with Jo and the gang at Fox Run Manor for many happy, wonderful years. Jo would always light up any room she was in and to know her was to love her. I will cherish many happy memories of such a fun, kind, and loving person. Condelences to the family and dear friends who made her so happy. She will be greatly missed.

    Love to all,
    Tanya Tuttle

  6. So blessed to of known Jo. Such a caring, giving,funny,happy always smiling fun to be with person. She will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers go out to all her family members.

  7. Your mom was a very special person. I worked with her for many years at Fox Run and she was always upbeat and spoke of her family often. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was always kind and generous.

  8. I am beyond sad that Jo has passed.. I wasn’t even aware that she was sick..she was such a great person & will be deeply missed by many.. she was such a sweetheart to me when I lost my husband.. sending hugs & love to Jay, Jill & Derrol..she thought the world & then some of you all

  9. I am so sorry to hear of JoAnn’s passing. I worked with JoAnn at the YMCA in Marion and now that I live in Findlay, I saw her occasionally at wrestling meets and most recently about a year or so ago at the Eagles. I always loved her. She was the sweetest person. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She will be missed.

  10. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT JO. SHE WAS JEANNIE’S BOSS AT FOX RUN. SHE WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON. WE WOULD ALWAYS CALL EACH
    OTHER ON OUR BIRTHDAYS . WILL REALLY MISS HER. OUR THOUGH AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY. SORRY WE CAN’T COME OUT.
    JEANNIE HAS ALZHEIMERS AND IT HARD TO TRAVEL

    RONNIE & JEANNIE WHIPKEY

  11. I am so very sorry to hear of Jo passing I knew her as a dear friend, she was a patient of my sons Dental practice, always had a smile and always talk about her children. The last time I saw Jo was at my husbands passing.(Terry Heater) my sincere Sympathy to your family she will surely be missed. My love and prayers to you all.

  12. To the Wilson family,
    So sorry for your loss… Noreen and I are in Greece …. so unfortunately we will not make any of the calling hours… our prayers are with your family and friends.
    When we get back to Columbus I will get in touch to come up to Findlay and meet with you for dinner.
    Warm regards and prayers!

  13. Wendy, Duke, Dusty and Families,

    It is with extreme sadness that I read of your Moms passing. She was a very special lady. I wish I could be there to give you each a big hug. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and “Ma” Wilson will be missed by many.

  14. Wendy,Mike and Sophie. So sorry for your loss. Just cherish the memories.
    Sending our thoughts and prayers to you all.

    Much Love
    The Cliffords

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