JoAnn M. Veauthier 1944-2022
NORTH LIMA — JoAnn M. Veauthier slipped away peacefully Friday, June 10, 2022, after a long courageous battle with COPD. She was 78 years old.
JoAnn was born April 27, 1944, in Youngstown, and was the third child of Michael and Helen Janci.
She lived her entire life in the Youngstown area and was a proud graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School (1961), where she took great pride in playing the clarinet in the marching band. She bowled with friends in her younger years and met the love of her life, Nick, at the Holiday Bowl in Struthers.
JoAnn and Nick were married July 23, 1966, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and would have celebrated 56 years of marriage this year. Her work life started as a counter clerk for a local fish market and later, she was employed as a bookkeeper by the L. Hollander & Co Meat Company, the John Zidian Company, Advanced Auto Parts, Mahoning County Children’s Services and Youngstown Hearing and Speech, from where she retired. Additionally, she was the business manager for Four Seasons Pest Control, the company she and her husband started to support their family during the economically challenging 1980s.
JoAnn often recalled fondly the times she spent volunteering at St. Nicholas Elementary School and at Cardinal Mooney High School, where all her children attended and where she made many close friends.
JoAnn understood the true gift of friendship — maintaining relationships from childhood and bringing new friends into the fold throughout her life — always enriching those around her.
Her legacy is her family for which her love and support was unconditional. She encouraged her four children and eight grandchildren to reach for the stars, always celebrating their successes but more importantly, she was ever present with support for any setback or challenge that might arise. Certainly, her husband, children and grandchildren will miss her attentive ear, sage advice, positive reinforcement, accepting nature and excellent baking skills.
JoAnn loved sports, and she especially enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren in their endeavors in baseball, wrestling, basketball, soccer, football, skiing and cross country running. She was an avid Cleveland Indians / Guardians and Notre Dame football fan, almost never missing a game, even when she was not feeling well. She was also a sympathetic supporter of the Cleveland Browns and she recently discovered a love of professional basketball. We are certain she has courtside seats for the NBA finals.
She will be missed dearly by her husband, Nick; daughters, Cindy (Jerry) Studnicha and Jackie (Jason) Scharff; sons, Nicholas (Alicia) Veauthier and Brian (Bridget) Veauthier; her grandchildren, Katie, Matthew, Aidan, Samantha, Eleanor, Julia, Jackson and Nick; as well as many nieces, nephews and good friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Helen Janci; and her two brothers, Michael “Mickey” and Richard “Dick” Janci.
The family has entrusted JoAnn’s care to the Kubina Yuhasz Wasko Funeral Home, where they will receive friends and family from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
A prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2022, at the funeral home, prior to a Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Charles Borromeo Parish. She will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider, in memory of JoAnn, praying a rosary (which she prayed daily) and / or donating to your favorite charity, in her honor.
Please visit www.waskofamily.com to send the family condolences.