DUBLIN, Ohio — JoAnn Matheson passed away peacefully on November 17, 2020, at The Sanctuary at Tuttle Crossing in Dublin, Ohio, where she had lived since 2016.
She was born JoAnn Ella Phelps to Helen Helga Viohkola and Milton Roger Phelps on the Phelps family farm near LaPeer, Michigan, on April 11, 1926. She moved to Laurium about 1936, graduated from Calumet High School in 1945 and began work as a licensed cosmetologist.
In 1950, she married Robert Rudolph Matheson of Calumet, who preceded her in death along with her brothers, Harvey Phelps and Delmar Phelps.
She is survived by her sons, Robert(Margaret) and John(Sue); her daughter, Ann(Tom); her sister, Angeline Junttila; sister-in-law, Betty Phelps; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A family memorial service will be held at a future date.
JoAnn was a devoted mother and homemaker who loved to garden, read, sew and do other crafts. She and her husband of 61 years, Robert, returned to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula nearly every summer to visit family and friends. They also enjoyed traveling both camping in the U.S. and Canada as well as visiting Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and China. She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Capital City Hospice of Columbus, Ohio, or to the Estivant Pines Nature Sanctuary in Copper Harbor.