Passed away peacefully at home, Renfrew, Ontario, surrounded by loved ones on Sunday May 10, 2020 at the age of 74. Daughter of the late Joseph McCrea and the late Madeleine McCauley. Loving mother of Starr Stallberg (David Quiring), Richard Stallberg (Kim Lamanne), Typhany-Amanda Stallberg and Sommer Boudreau. Predeceased by son Shane Wachter. Adored grandmother of Marshall, Ashley, Robert, Sarah, Dayna, Santana, Tanisha, Stone, Journey-Joanna and Memphis. Great grandmother of Brooklyn, Camden, Beckham, Riley and Jake. She will be sadly missed by her brother John (Marie Audette), nieces Rita (Mark Prezeau) and Tricia, great nieces and great nephews; Mathieu, Patrick, Alexander, Andrew and Kaitlyn. Former spouse of Donald Stallberg. Jo-Ann was a retired teacher of the Renfrew County District School Board. Vice President of the Ontario Public School Teachers Federation (OPSTF) and the first woman to sit on the Men’s Teacher Federation. Her devotion to the Petawawa Canadian Royal Legion as volunteer of many tasks; Bartender, Executive Committee – Entertainment Chair, Treasurer, Youth Education Chair, will never be forgotten. She was also a special friend of the Canadian Airborne Regiment (The Bear).
Jo-Ann was a vibrant soul, who was loved by many, had an abundance of special friends and many cousins. She had a huge family, who adored and respected her. She was admired by most for her intelligence, problem-solving skills, her genuine heart of gold and her fun, spunky outlook on life. She was strong, understanding, supportive and outspoken. As an amazing mother, NaNa/ GG and friend to so many different walks of life. Jo- Ann had touched many souls and had many close friends that she cherished as part of her extended family, known as Mama-Jo. She will be missed by so many, remembered by all and loved. She will forever remain in our hearts. She taught us all life lessons that will live on forever.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Alphonsus Church in Chapeau, Quebec followed by a Celebration Of Life through the Royal Canadian Legion at a later date.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God has laid you see.
I took his hand when I heard His call
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
O yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee,
God wanted me now, He set me free.