Josephine Ann “JoAnn” Mace
- Published: November 30, 2022
Josephine Ann “JoAnn” Mace, age 74, of Xenia, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by love and family on Nov. 22, 2022. Josephine was born on June 5, 1948, to the late Donald and Frances (McClary) Hepp in Lima, Ohio. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Wapakoneta in 1966. She attended Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing and was “capped” as a nurse in 1969, describing it as “a feeling you can’t quite put into words.” She graduated from Central State University in 1984 with a degree in community health services. She loved being a nurse and dedicated over 40 years to nursing and caring for others. Her deep compassion and empathy for those battling mental illness made a difference for countless patients. She also loved helping people through her volunteer work with the Crisis Hotline, La Leche League, adult literacy program, student reading program and as a Sunday school teacher.
Josephine was the beloved wife of Terry Mace for 40 years; loving mother of Rob (Cindy) Hoover, Myles (Valerie) Hoover, Heidi (Jonathan) Hoover, Corrine Farrell, and Liz (Matt) Henner; cherished grandmother of Reilly, Lexi, Quinn, Zander, Stella, Leighton, Luke, Liam, Jude and Penelope; treasured sister of Carol (John) White, Patty (Bill) Clark, Peg (Keith) Sawmiller; and sister-in-law of Patricia Hepp Ruppert. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a beloved brother, Donald Hepp.
Josephine was a true angel on earth, always brightening people’s days with her tremendous warmth, kindness, compassion and unconditional love. Known for being a hugger, she shared her joyful smile, hugs and laughter with all. She was at her happiest when loving on her grandchildren and surrounded by family and friends. To know her was to love her. We know she is at peace in the house of the Lord, and we will carry on her passion for making a difference in the lives of others.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, from 4–7 p.m., at McColaugh Funeral Home, Xenia, Ohio. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Catholic Church, Yellow Springs, Ohio with Father Holloran presiding. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420 or to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Condolences to the family may be expressed at mccolaughfuneralhome.com.
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