ASHTABULA — Joanne Marie Baruffa, age 74, of Lake Road West, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at the Ashtabula County Medical Center.
She was born May 15, 1938, the daughter of John and Pearl (Haksluoto) Salo and had been a lifelong Ashtabula resident.
Joanne attended Harbor High School and then graduated from the former Andrews School for Girls. She spent most of her life as a piano teacher and entertainer, playing at numerous venues around northeast Ohio. She taught hundreds of students how to play piano in her own home and was the owner of JMC Music in the Ashtabula Harbor.
A member of Bethany Lutheran Church and the Lake Shore Artists Guild, she was a talented artist and enjoyed painting and crafts. Her specialty was painting acrylic images on rocks and making jewelry.
During the 1970’s, she actively raised funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Joanne also loved cats and was especially known in the neighborhood for spoiling the neighbor’s cat, “Vega”.
Her survivors include her husband, Cecil, whom she married April 25, 1959; two sons, Michael C. (Debbie) Baruffa of Kent and Christopher J. (Lori) Baruffa of Madison; six grandchildren, Lindsay, Jeremy, Jeannie, Michelle, Hope and Eric; and five great-grandchildren, Elise, Kayla, Madeline, Jazmyne and Leila.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David; sister, Sara; and two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Isaac.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9th, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 933 Michigan Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio, with the Rev. Larry Mackey, Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
No calling hours will be observed.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 500 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula, is in charge of arrangements. Obituary and condolences at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.