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Joan  J.  Homan
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  • Cancer Association of Auglaize County
    120 S. Front St.
    St. Marys, OH 45885

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“I knew Joni for many years and in numerous capacities. Over the years we were friends, housemates, teammates, bridge buddies, and business partners....Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Cathy Hook - Placerville, CA

“I have known Joanie since the mid-sixties. We played together on on several fast-pitch softball teams, enjoyed many a bridge session from sunrise...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Renee Krupp - Madeira Beach, FL

“Joannie and I were friends years ago. We attended the University of Dayton, Ohio in 1957-1962 and following graduation we moved together to Denver ...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Sandy Wolf - Citrus Heights, CA

“When the Celina Suns first started, I was one of the youngest players and most inexperienced players. I loved watching Joan pitch and play softball....Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Pat Howard - Celina, OH - Friend

“Thanks Joanne for all the memories.Bettty ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Betty Crow - celina, OH - Friend

“To the Joanne Homan Family,I am so sorry to hear about Joanne. I played softball with her for a short time, and really enjoyed her. She was so much...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Betty Crow - celina, OH - Friend

“Years ago, I played on the Celina Suns. I had the privilege Of playing with Jo. I was younger than her by about 10 years, so she was an...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Marty Litherland - Beulah, MI

“Joanie and I had some wonderful years in the back yard pool in Oak View, Ca. The back yard pool that Joanie designed...many good times with friends...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: carole borland - ojai, CA

“I enjoyed a friendship with Joanie for many, many years, both in Ohio and California. We played golf, cards, and laughed our heads off. My...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Sandy Wayman - Ojai, CA - Friend

JOAN J. HOMAN age 77

Of New Bremen, died on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 5:45 A.M. at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys, Ohio. She was born on July 28, 1939 in Chickasaw, Ohio, the daughter of the late Leo J. and Clara M. (Kaiser) Homan. She is survived by her brothers Don Homan of St. Marys, and Leo (Diana) Homan, Jr. of Maria Stein, a sister Velma Berning of McCartyville, in-laws Alvin Brown of New Bremen and Lillian Homan of St. Marys, and 50 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her siblings; Maurice (Joann) Homan, Arnold Homan, Harold (Rose Mary) Homan, Dorothy (Anthony) Brown, Ruth Brown, and a brother-in-law Sylvester Berning.

Joan was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen, and was a 1957 graduate of Marion Local High School. She graduated from the University of Dayton with her B.S. in Education, and accepted a position in Kettering teaching Health and P.E. at the Jr. High level for three years. She then accepted a graduate assistantship with Bowling Green State University where she taught for one year while completing her Master's Degree in Education. She taught at New Bremen Schools for a year before taking correspondence classes in accounting. She then took a position with the Internal Revenue Service in Lima, and later in Dayton. In 1969 she moved to California, where she was the Business Manager for the Ojai Valley School for many years until she retired and returned to Ohio. In her early years, she enjoyed playing golf, and was an excellent pitcher, playing fast-pitch softball with the Celina Suns, and the Chickasaw Chicks. After her retirement, she was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan, played Bridge online, and enjoyed spending time with her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen with the Rev. Robert Hadden officiating. Interment will follow in the Precious Blood Cemetery in Chickasaw. Calling Hours will be held on Monday, October 10, 2016 from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, and one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the church. Contributions in memory of Joan can be made to the Cancer Association of Auglaize County, 120 S. Front Street, St. Marys, Ohio 45885. Condolences to the Homan family may be left online at