MADISON — Joan M. Jopko, age 82, of Madison, Ohio, was surrounded by her family and friends when she passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Lantern of Madison.
The daughter of Lina M. (Turpeinen) and Ero A. Toppari, she was born Sept. 8, 1931, in Painesville, Ohio. Joan married Robert Jopko at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Madison on Dec. 29, 1951.
Joan’s husband was in the Air Force when they moved to Great Falls, Mont., and she worked as a secretary at the Great Falls Montana Bank. Upon returning to Ohio, she became a secretary for Madison schools and after 20 years of service retired Dec. 1, 1993, allowing her to spend more time with family and pets.
Joan loved all animals, especially cats, dogs and birds. She always remembered them by buying toys and treats. Joan also spent time sewing and knitting.
Joan is survived by her daughter, Luanne M. Stewart; son, Gregory P. (Julie) Jopko; grandson, Joshua (Melissa) Stewart; great-granddaughter, Gwenivere Stewart; brothers-in-law, Dave (Delores) Bailey, William (Barbara) Jopko; many loved cousins; grand puppy, “Wall-e”; and loving pets, “Mittens, Callie, Crickett, Bella, Rusty”, and their cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 1996; her parents; former son-in-law, Albert L. Stewart; and sister-in-law, Pat (Cesen) Zele; and brothers-in-law, John Cesen and Joseph Zele.
Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 5th, at THE BEHM FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 26 River St., Madison, Ohio 44057.
A Funeral Service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, March 6th, at the Funeral Home, with the Rev. Father Sean Donnelly, of Immaculate Conception Church, officiating. Final resting place will be Fairview Cemetery in Madison.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staffs at The Lantern of Madison, Crossroads Hospice and Comfort Keepers for their loving and professional care.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 9775 Rockside Road #270, Valley View, Ohio 44125 or Lake Humane Society, 7564-E Tyler Blvd., Mentor, Ohio 44060.
Obituary may be viewed online at www.behmfuneral.com and starbeacon.com.