Animals Pets 13


April 3, 1932 ~ January 19, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old


JOAN M. SCHEUTZOW (nee Laux) age 90. Beloved wife of the late William for 55 years and now they are together again. Loving mother of Kathleen (Dean Collura) and Susan. Cherished grandmother of Patrick Oberdorff and great grandmother of Skylar and Linus Oberdorff. Dear sister of the late Richard and Dale Laux.

Joan enjoyed life, sharing herself and her time generously with her family, friends, church and volunteerism. Most important in her life was her husband Bill, with whom she raised two girls and together they were always there to support family and friends. Their grandson, Pat, gave them immense joy and they were very involved in his life, attending his hockey games and being there for him as he grew up. Joan worked tirelessly at her United Church of Christ church (4th E&R, where she got married; then Denison Ave. UCC; and later Brooklyn Trinity UCC) even as she cared for Bill after his stroke and until her health slowed her down. When her daughters were young, she was active in PTA, and Girl Scouts leading troops for over 15 years and served in various neighborhood positions. (It was not unusual for her garage or basement to be filled with cookies when she was neighborhood cookie chair.) When Joan got involved in something she  often ended up as a leader. She was employed over her life in a number of positions and she enjoyed working and getting to know those she worked with. Her last job from which she retired was in the payroll department of Sherwin Williams. 
Joan also knew how to have fun, bowling with Bill, and playing Pinochle with friends and family, including a long-standing neighborhood women’s card club. She was an excellent seamstress and crocheter, and when she wasn’t working, or doing things with family, friends or volunteering, she could be found at her sewing machine, sewing clothes for herself and her family, wedding dresses, Halloween  costumes and doll clothes or making hats for infants and cancer patients. She loved pets, and always  had a beloved collie and when her girls were growing up her house was home to many other types of animals that that they wanted. 

Joan lived a long full life, passing away at 90. She leaves behind a legacy through her good works and love. The world is a better place because of her acts. She missed her husband Bill every day since he left this earth 16 years ago, and she was ready to re-join him when she passed.

Contributions may be made in the memory of Joan Scheutzow to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, One Girl Scout Way, Macedonia, Ohio 44056-2156, or to the Veterans of the Cross, which supports retired United Church of Christ ministers, c/o Medina UCC-Congregational Church, 217 E. Liberty St. Medina, Ohio 44256.

Funeral services Monday January 23, 2023 at 10:30 AM  in the funeral home. Interment Brooklyn Heights Cemetery. Friends received Sunday 1 – 4 PM at the A. RIPEPI AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH (West of I-71).

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January 22, 2023

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
18149 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Funeral Service
January 23, 2023

10:30 AM
18149 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130


Brooklyn Height Cemetery


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