• Hospice Services of Southwest General
    18697 Bagley Road
    Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

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“I was just reading my B-W news before throwing it out. Jo's name popped out at me and in disbelief I felt a wave of emotion. I taught at...Read More »
1 of 51 | Posted by: Amy Anhold - North Ridgeville, OH

“I am so sorry to hear about Joanna's passing. We attended graduate classes for School Admin. together at BW. I will always remember her infectious...Read More »
2 of 51 | Posted by: Deb Roberts - Bradenton, FL

“Mrs.Pusti was an amazing teacher and she will never be forgotten! She made art fun and I always looked forward to her class. My deepest condolences...Read More »
3 of 51 | Posted by: Andreia Gabriell - Strongsville, OH

“Mrs. Pusti helped make art classes the highlight of my high school schedule. Her insight and encouragement heavily influenced my decision to turn my...Read More »
4 of 51 | Posted by: Rick Martin - Strongsville, OH

“I would like to pass along my condolences for mrs. Pustis passing. She was my favorite art teacher in high school and always pushed me to work harder...Read More »
5 of 51 | Posted by: Kristin Hopkins Spring class of 02 - OH

“Jo was the neighbor that welcomed us when we bought our first house on Abbyshire. Her and Dave were so kind to us and our girls. Berea has lost a...Read More »
6 of 51 | Posted by: Brenda Knopf - Fort Meade, MD

“Joanna touched every life that she touched, and she touched many lives at Fairwood Elementary School. She was such a loving and generous human being...Read More »
7 of 51 | Posted by: Maria Ivanovich - Strongsville, OH

“My Sympathy goes out to the Pusti family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time. ...Read More »
8 of 51 | Posted by: P. Patterson - Cleveland, OH

“Joanna was one of my most loved and most helpful mother helpers I ever had as a Kindergarten teacher in the Berea Schools. It has been many years ago...Read More »
9 of 51 | Posted by: Diane Krukemeyer - Strongsville, OH

“Mrs. Pusti's photography class was my favorite throughout all 4 years of high school. Her dry but gentle sense of humor always kept my interest, and...Read More »
10 of 51 | Posted by: Keith Fisher - Strongsville, OH

“I still have a hard time calling her Jo even 33 years after high school; she will always be Mrs. Pusti to me. Like so many other students she...Read More »
11 of 51 | Posted by: Pat Verbsky Prinkey - Brook Parkk, OH

“Was hoping to share this wonderful memory I had of Jo at the funeral home today but just didn't think I could convey the feeling properly.I had the...Read More »
12 of 51 | Posted by: Kim Martens Scott - Strongsville, OH

“Mrs. Pusti has always been - and will forever be - my favorite educator. She was creative, sharp, incredibly witty and could throw a pot on the...Read More »
13 of 51 | Posted by: Megan Pfaff - Chicago, IL

“Mrs. Pusti has always been my favorite high school teacher. As more of a mathematics/science brain, she challenged me to reach outside my comfort...Read More »
14 of 51 | Posted by: Ryan Pfaff - Strongsville, OH

“Jillian, Our thoughts, condolences and prayers are with you and your family. May God watch over you and help you through this time of mourning.... ”
15 of 51 | Posted by: Mike & Sarah Salomon - Mentor, OH

“My prayers go out to the entire family. I know Joanna will be greatly missed. ”
16 of 51 | Posted by: Janet Procida - Newark, OH

“I had Mrs. Pusti as a ceramics teacher at Strongsville High School in 2004. She was a wonderful person that really loved her students and taught...Read More »
17 of 51 | Posted by: Samantha Chester - Olmsted Falls, OH

“Deepest condolences to the family for your loss. ”
18 of 51 | Posted by: Jess Walpole - North Canton, OH

“Dear Dave and Jo's children, I taught with Jo early in our careers. Like so many others, I admired her dedication to education and her wonderful,...Read More »
19 of 51 | Posted by: Colleen Lanning - Bay Village, OH

“Truely one of the sweetest people i ever met. So kind to everyone. this world will miss her. ”
20 of 51 | Posted by: mary e ledger - cadiz, OH

“So sorry to hear of Jo passing. She was a wonderful person. I was lucky to work with her at the high school. She is one of the newest angels in...Read More »
21 of 51 | Posted by: Joan Heasley - Dublin, OH

“Mrs. Pusti was probably one of the most kind hearted people I knew. I had the privelge to have had her as a teacher in high school. This is...Read More »
22 of 51 | Posted by: Messa Soussou - Strongsville, OH

“I had the privilege of meeting Joanna during my Art Teaching Methods course at Baldwin-Wallace. Joanna came to speak to us about what it is like to...Read More »
23 of 51 | Posted by: Melissa Maxwell - Lakewood, OH

“Mama Pusti, as you enter your new heavenly home, may you rest in peace for which you truly deserve, For you will be truly missed and remembered for...Read More »
24 of 51 | Posted by: Alyssa & Andrew McQuillen - OH

“To Joanna's family, the world has lost a wonderful lady, but she is at eternal rest. Please know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers....Read More »
25 of 51 | Posted by: Michelle Kibble Curry - FL

“Jo was an awesome teacher and an inspiration for me when choosing my career. Once I finally landed an art teaching job, she was so eager to share...Read More »
26 of 51 | Posted by: Carla - Strongsville, OH

“Jo was literally my first friend....she began awaiting my arrival at the baby shower her mother hosted for me. She was named after my mother because...Read More »
27 of 51 | Posted by: Dianna Guthrie - New Philadelphia, OH

“I was so sorry to hear about Joanna's passing. I knew Joanna many years ago when she and her family lived here, in Cadiz, Ohio. She went to school...Read More »
28 of 51 | Posted by: Sandi Theodore - Cadiz, OH

“Too many memories to list. But they are some of the sweetest and best. Dave, Matt, Kim and Jill, Jo was such a wonderful person in more ways than...Read More »
29 of 51 | Posted by: Carol Owens - Morrow, OH

“I'm so sorry for your loss. She was one of my best friends in Cadiz. She made a difference in this world and she will be greatly missed. She is so...Read More »
30 of 51 | Posted by: Barbara White Snead - FL - friend

31 of 51 | Posted by: TERRY HENDERSON - LOS ANGELES, CA

“To the Pusti heart goes out to you at this time of loss. The world has lost a wonderful person, a friend to so many and such a...Read More »
32 of 51 | Posted by: Linda Bizjak - Jackson Center, OH

“Our sympathy, David and family, and admiration of her courageous fight! ”
33 of 51 | Posted by: Ed and Diane White - Berea

“Dave and family, I have many fond memories of Jo from Kent State. She was a loving, caring and giving person. I loved her laugh! The world was a...Read More »
34 of 51 | Posted by: Anne Moss - Youngstown, OH

“Mrs. Pusti was one of my favorite teachers. Thoughts and prayers to her family. ”
35 of 51 | Posted by: April D Flanagan - Medina, OH

“Dear David, Kimberly, Matthew and Jill, It is with great saddness that we send our condolences. I have great memories of Jo. I first met her in...Read More »
36 of 51 | Posted by: Mary - Mayfield Village, OH

“Mrs. Pusti was one of my oldest son Max's art teachers & wrote him a wonderful letter of recommendation for college,as well as voting him Senior Art...Read More »
37 of 51 | Posted by: A friend

“Mrs. Pusti was an absolutely wonderful person and teacher, I will always remember her frankness. She made me feel appreciated in her ceramics class,...Read More »
38 of 51 | Posted by: A friend

“She always had a smile greeting us and open arms. Her humor and bright spirit always filled our house and lives with love and care. She is truly an...Read More »
39 of 51 | Posted by: Kim Brown - Reynoldsburg, OH

“Joanna, or Mrs. Pusti as I knew her, was my high school art teacher. Just having finished obtaining my Bachelor of Fine Arts, I can look back at my...Read More »
40 of 51 | Posted by: Amanda Rush - Strongsville, OH

“May God be with you during your time of need. (Ps. 55:22) ”
41 of 51 | Posted by: A friend

“A lifetime of memories with Jo fill my heart with laughter, tears and special moments. Jo was my dear friend that held a special place in my heart....Read More »
42 of 51 | Posted by: Liz Flynn - Davenport, FL

“Jo was a wonderful teacher and friend. I had the pleasure of working with her for the past ten years and I will miss her laugh so much! I know how...Read More »
43 of 51 | Posted by: Kelli Izz - North Olmsted, OH

“I was so glad to talk with Jo last week. (We had just recently lost touch over the holidays a year or so ago). When Liz told me of Jo's illness, I...Read More »
44 of 51 | Posted by: Sally Hofmeister - Youngstown, OH

“Jo has been one of my favorite people for the last twelve years. In truth I considered her to be my "at work" Mom. She was always ready to listen,...Read More »
45 of 51 | Posted by: Mandi Williams - Medina, OH

“David & family. Our sympathies and prayers. Joanna put up a tough long fight and we admire her courage. From our family to yours, Love the Sorci's ”
46 of 51 | Posted by: Jim & Sue Sorci - schaumburg, IL

“Dear Dave and family, Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. I have many wonderful memories of Joanna at Olson Hall. All of...Read More »
47 of 51 | Posted by: Denise and Jack Craig

“Dave and family- Our deep sadness and sincere sympathy to all of you. May good memories prevail--funny, happy, carefree times. There were...Read More »
48 of 51 | Posted by: Alan & Karen Salzgeber - OH

“Jo was truly a great teacher ,friend and confidant. She loved David and her kids and their significant others. She always had a positive outlook...Read More »
49 of 51 | Posted by: Debbie Lischer - Strongsville, OH

“Please know that the family is in my thoughts and payers. With much love, Susan ”
50 of 51 | Posted by: SusanDorrity` - Arden, NC

“Jo will live on forever in our hearts. She was a special friend and will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Jack...Read More »
51 of 51 | Posted by: The Stoll Family - Medina, OH

JOANNA K. PUSTI (nee Wheeler) age 59. Retired art teacher from Strongsville City School. Passed peacefully December 29, surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved wife of David. Loving mother of Matthew (Lisa), Kimberlee Miller (Stephen) and Jillian (fiancé Andrew Wimer). Cherished grandmother to be of Baby Madeline. Dearest daughter of late Homer and Maxine Wheeler. Dear sister of David Wheeler (Jayme). Friend of many. Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday January 5, 2013, St. Mary Church (Berea), at 11:00 a.m. Interment Woodvale Cemetery. Family suggests contributions to the Hospice Services of Southwest General. Friends received Friday 3 – 8 PM at the A. RIPEPI AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH (West of I-71).

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7535 Engel Road Middleburg Heights, OH 44130