September 29, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009 10:00 a.m. Vernon Funeral Home
Friday, October 2, 2009 2-4pm & 6-8pm
Joyce “Jo” Ropp
“God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, nor sun without rain; But he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way” Heaven above has been blessed as Jo was lifted by his angels on September 29, 2009. Jo is remembered for her gracious heart, her unconditional love for all those she met, for the hundreds of unselfish acts of kindness, her creativeness and her compassion for others.
She was married for 57 years to her best friend, Donald. Her life was spent making differences in the lives of others. She is mother to Kenny Ropp and Tonya (Tim, her favorite son-in-law) West both of Urbana. She was Nana to her greatest pride and joy, her grandchildren, Ryan West of Dublin, Tara West of Mars Hill, NC and Matthew Ropp of Urbana. She loved following them in all of their sporting functions and just spending time with them.
She is also survived by her sisters, Jean (Don) Greiner, Connie (Bill) McConnell, June (Carl) Conner, her special Aunt, Jenny Shivler, her brothers-in-laws, Roger (Pat) Ropp, Ronnie (Erma) Ropp, Paul (Barb) Ropp & Buck (Flossie) Ropp, her sister-in-laws, Margaret McCain, Barbara Jean Ropp & Fern Ropp; as well as many nieces & nephews.
She had a very special relationship with the Bolte’s, the Saintignon’s, the Campbell’s, the Jenkin’s, the Gary’s and Sondra Williams.
Jo is preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Dorothy Hedgecock, to whom she was born on May 8, 1936, her nieces, Robin Besecker, & Kimberly McConnell, her nephews, Bill McConnell & Gary Ropp, brother-in-laws, Leonard, Cecil & Robert Ropp and Dick McCain.
Jo and the family would like to thank everyone for thoughts, prayers, caring for and loving Jo. The many acts of kindness will never be forgotten. We are all humbled by the excellent care of Dr. Koh, Dr. Kahn, Dr. Andom, the staff of Mercy Memorial Hospital, the staff at Community Mercy Health Partners, Hospice, Home Health Care and to all of you who cared. A bless thanks to Sister Virginia and Sister Edith who Jo cherished and for their everlasting friendship, the Fountain Circle Gang and Rev Nancy Hardin. Jo took great pride in and found her purpose in working at Mercy Memorial Hospital as a nursing assistant for 13 years and always put others needs before her own and never hesitated to help anyone and never met a stranger.
The family would like to invite you to make donations to Mercy McAuley Center for the creation of a butterfly garden for others to enjoy in her memory.
Come Celebrate Jo’s life at a casual gathering on Friday, October 2, 2009 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2009 in the funeral home with Pastor Nancy Hardin officiating.
Her final resting place will be in the Grandview Cemetery, Urbana.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at vernonfh.com.