JoAnn Delafranconi, 69, of Burton, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, April 3th, 2019.
JoAnn was born on September 17, 1949.
Her husband, and best friend, Pierre stands in genuine appreciation for all she has added to his life. JoAnn’s love of life, many passions, and perpetual good nature added depth, breadth, and enjoyment to their relationship for over 30 years.
JoAnn’s favorite past time and passion was quilting, with an insightful and artistic flare, winning multiple awards. She gifted many charities and individuals with her labor of love. Even in her passing, her dear friends and relatives were joyful recipients of her legacy. She kept records and pictures of the hundreds of quilts she made throughout her life. Her final quilt is left incomplete. She intended to gift her oncology nurse with an abstract hypodermic needle quilt, signing the quilt with a chicken.
JoAnn died at home peacefully, with family at her bedside. Her beloved dog, Bailey, heart-broken by his mom’s declining health, preceded her in transition by two days. Those close to JoAnn are treasuring the image of Bailey at heaven’s gate, there to greet his mom into her final home.
Part of JoAnn’s heart will remain here with her three children, Julie, Cheri, and Jeremy and her grandchildren. Her favorite place is the Oshkosh Airshow and “getting there one more time” was a motivator for her to stay strong.
Quick to laugh and quick with her one liners, she was appreciated by many. She loved to travel, collect items that gave her great joy: rocks, cow figures, and teapots. Her heaven-on-earth was her yard.
JoAnn had the opportunity to share in her husband’ dream of opening his sugar shack and becoming a part of the Maple Tour this year. She delighted in her husband’s accomplishment, yet was able to keep him grounded.
JoAnn lived in Geauga County for most of her adult life and enjoyed the life of a gentlewoman farmer, raising a variety of animals, gardening, and living a simple, meaningful life. Her life was too short but her legacy is immense.
A Private gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date.
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