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Joan Ruth (Jacobs) Willoughby

Reflector • Updated Nov 7, 2019 at 3:15 PM

WILLARD — Joan Ruth (Jacobs) Willoughby, 87, of Willard, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at home.

She was born March 19, 1932, in Willard, to Arnold and Florence (Wiles) Jacobs. She married Russell Willoughby Jr. in Willard, on Aug. 8, 1954.

Joan graduated from Salamanca High School in New York, and went on to complete her Registered Nurse training at the Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing, where she began her career. She went on to work as an obstetrics nurse at Willard Municipal Hospital. She also worked for Drs. Kauffman and Dragunas’ family practice. Joan later worked as an occupational health nurse at Gould and R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, where she served for over 25 years until her retirement in 1992.

She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and a member of the Willard Research Club. Joan, like her husband, found great joy attending and supporting her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in their educational, artistic and athletic pursuits. She was, and will always be, their biggest fan.

Joan is survived by her children, Richard Willoughby of Willard, Susan (Dale) Gray of Jackson, Mich., Janet Dials of Willard, Keith (Kimberly) of Columbus, John (Julie) Willoughby of Sidney, Ohio; her twin sister, Janet Simpson of Hinton, W.Va., and sister, Arlene Dodd of Lancaster, Pa.; brother, Edwin Jacobs of Forest Hills, Calif.; brother-in-law, Weldon (Janet) Willoughby of Dublin, Ohio; 14 grandchildren, Jeremy (Jen), Brian (Casey), Jeffery (Michelle), Tenley (Cody), Tim (Ten), Jessica (Jeremy), Nick (Kathryn), Julie (Jon), Miranda (Shawn), Seth (Madi), Jaclyn (Kevin), Bobby, Taylor, and Dylan; and 22 great-grandchildren, Bailey, Michael, Brison, Brendan, Bladyn, Brody, Raegan, Jacinda, Nora, William, Carter, Owen, Dominick, Audrey, Willow, Natalie, twins Devin and Emma, Amber, Drew, Karter, and Myles.

She will be reunited in heaven with her loving husband, Russell Willoughby Jr.; her parents; her twin daughters, Marianne and Julianne; sister, Carolyn Vanderpool; and brothers, Arnold K. Jacobs Jr. and Roger Jacobs.

Memorial contributions in Joan’s honor may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Hanneman Funeral Home, 323 S. Myrtle Ave., Willard, and from 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, until funeral services at 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 S. Myrtle Avenue, Willard. The Rev. Janet Wittenmyer will be officiating. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, New Haven.

The Hanneman Funeral Home of Willard is honored to serve Joan’s family and encourages those wishing to send a condolence or share a fond memory to visit hannemanfuneralhomes.com

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