Champion- JoAnne Stirling, 81, passed away Thursday, July 22nd, 2021. She passed away in the early hours of the morning due to complications from a long battle with muscular dystrophy, with her family by her side.
JoAnne was born on June 21, 1940, in Ravenna, Ohio the daughter of William Rukstelis, and Eva Hawkins (Rukstelis).
JoAnne was a 1958 graduate of Cleveland West High School where she grew up. She then married the love of her life, Larry R. Stirling, July 5th, 1958 and moved to Warren the same year from Cleveland… They recently celebrated 63 years of marriage. They shared every moment of their life together. JoAnne was a homemaker for her family whom she devoted her life to. She spent her life dedicating time to the ones she loved the most. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who always put her family first. There are not enough words to describe how much we love her, and what an amazing person and pure soul she was.
JoAnne was an active member and volunteer to her church, Presbyterian Church of Vienna. She stayed active until her muscular dystrophy left her unable to leave her home. Although, her faith for god remained strong through prayer and reflection. Her hobbies and activities consisted of spending time with her family, playing her favorite game solitaire, and reading novels… She loved to show her family love by cooking and baking for them. She was known for her birthday cakes which every family member received each year.
JoAnne is survived by her husband Larry Stirling of Champion; two sons Brian (Laura) Stirling of Cortland, Daniel (Heather) Stirling of Cortland; and five grandchildren Keith (Madeline Emery) Stirling, Alex (Laura) Stirling, Adam (Kaitlin Boggess) Stirling, Jenna (Jeff Remmick Jr.) Stirling, and Benjamin Stirling.
She was preceded in death by her second son Gregory M. Stirling who awaited her arrival in heaven along with, her mother Eva Hawkins, Step-Father Joseph Bota, Father William Rukstelis, and Step-Mother Peggy Rukstelis.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Patti Morrow, a nurse with Shepard of the valley. Her care, devotion, and loyalty to JoAnne and the family will always be appreciated. Patti went above and beyond to give JoAnne the best care, and JoAnne and her family consider Patti family now. JoAnne had a lot of love for Patti and always looked forward to her visits. We also would like to thank Alexis Parthemer, a student nurse, who came to take care of JoAnne also. JoAnne was very fond and appreciative of her help. She will make a great nurse one day. Also, her granddaughter Jenna Stirling for all the constant devotion, love, and time shared with her grandmother as she took care of JoAnne throughout this time. Finally, to her sons, Brian and Daniel, who spent their nights helping, caring, loving, and taking care of their mother and father leading up to this point.
Family and friends may pay their respects Sunday, July 25th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be a service following at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor William Carter officiating. This will take place at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel located at 1884 North Rd. NE, Warren, Ohio 44483. Burial will be taking place at All Souls Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in JoAnne’s name to the Champion Fire Department at 139 Champion Ave. West Warren, Ohio 44483 (330)-847-0311 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at Stjude.org/1-800-822-6344. Thank you to Champion emergency units for their unfailing professionalism and responsiveness to Joanne’s needs when called for help.
Caring and professional services were entrusted to the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel 1884 North Rd. NE, Warren, Ohio 44483.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences to the family.
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Champion Fire Department
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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