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Joann Marie Mathias
  • Passed away on October 10, 2020

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Joann Marie Mathias, age 81, died on October 10, 2020 in Summerfield, Florida.

Joann is survived by her husband, George Krafcik, originally from Southington, CT, now residing in Summerfield, FL; her son, Scott Reinhard of New Tripoli, PA; her daughter, Lisa Reinhard of Temple, PA; and her daughter, Jodi (Reinhard) Kelly of Brookhaven, PA; grandchildren, Ashley Reinhard, Kyle Reinhard, Kristen Dieffenbacher, Mitchell Dieffenbacher, Ryan Taylor, Mackenzie Taylor, Evan Taylor, and Macie Kelly; and her sister, Linda (Mathias) Siuta.

Joann was born on July 6, 1939 in Broadway, VA, to parents Lester Mathias and Frances (Hulvey) Mathias. She graduated from Schwenksville High School in 1957. She lived for many years and raised her family in Media, PA. Joann worked as a dental assistant to Dr. Alan Soffer of Rose Tree Dental Associates. Upon retirement she moved to Summerfield, Florida.

Throughout her life Joann loved to travel, square dance, bake, play cards, paint, and do crafts of all kinds. She enjoyed making homemade cards for holidays and birthdays. These, as well as the quilts she made, are treasured by her grandchildren. Joann loved the outdoors, and was especially fond of the Blue Ridge Mountains of her home state of Virginia. Joann was fun loving, full of life, and will be remembered fondly by her family for her sense of humor.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or Hospice of Marion County at www.hospiceofmarion.com would be greatly appreciated.

 


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  1. 23 Oct 2020
    Debra Griffin lit a candle:
    Lit since October 23, 2020 at 10:03:19 PM

  2. 21 Oct 2020
    Nancy posted an image:
    George and Joann
    George and Joann

  3. 21 Oct 2020
    Nancy posted an image:
    George and Joann
    George and Joann

  4. 19 Oct 2020
    Fred Krafcik says:
    I first met Joann in 1993 dropping in on her and George at her place in PA with my 2 teenaged sons and a friend of my oldest! What a gracious hostess! Such fun; such concern! At that point I had no doubt that George was with someone well above his pay-grade! Because of PTSD issues, I seldom attend Family affairs, since to me two is a crowd. However, Joann personally asked me to attend her upcoming wedding to George 4 years ago. No way I could tell this wonderful person "no!" What an infectious grin, what a cute giggle.... Joann was a very unique lady! No doubt she will be missed by family and friends; however, all the pleasnt memories she left with us will last a lifetime. In the end I was so proud of my brother George. He stepped up and honored his marraige vows. "In sickness and in health," George was there to care for and protect her in their home, albeit with a bounty of help from friends, family and fellow Church members! My thoughts, prayers and sincere sympathies to all that spent time in this wonderful Lady's circle of Life. Fred

  5. 18 Oct 2020
    Sandy Reinhard says:
    Mom,
    I will miss hearing all the laughter, around our kitchen table, and listening to all your life’s adventures. Thank you for comforting us, when we lost our baby, Heather, we would have never gotten through it without your help and love.
    You will always be a part of us, and we will cherish all the wonderful moments spent together.

    Heaven just gained a big piece of happiness

  6. 17 Oct 2020
    Sandy Reinhard posted an image:
    Mom and Scott
    Mom and Scott

  7. 17 Oct 2020
    Sandy Reinhard posted an image:
    A fun filled Christmas, with Mom Mom Jo
    A fun filled Christmas, with Mom Mom Jo

  8. 17 Oct 2020
    Sandy Reinhard posted an image:
    Mom, Scott and Kyle
    Mom, Scott and Kyle

  9. 17 Oct 2020
    Scott Reinhard says:
    Mom, today was one of those picturesque fall days that you loved so much. Brilliant blue, cloudless ski, bright sunshine, and a bit of a nip in the air. The mountain is ablaze in those beautiful fall colors of crimson, orange and yellow as the foliage you always longed to admire is in its glory. So sorry you're missing it again. We will miss your smile and laughter and we will miss your hugs. We will miss the handmade cards you would send us on special occasions. We will always cherish the quilts you so carefully crafted and we will always remember our time in Virginia at the Shanty, and the summer vacations we took up and down the eastern seaboard. We will miss the games you loved to teach and play with your grandchildren. Let us not dwell on the terrible illness that claimed you too soon. Instead, let us remember how you lived life. For you lived life with gusto and that is as it should be. This is how you always said you wanted to be remembered. So it shall be. Mom, your passing leaves a big hole in our hearts. We love you Mom!!!

  10. 17 Oct 2020
    Sandy Reinhard posted an image:
    Christmas at Scott and Sandy’s house.
    Christmas at Scott and Sandy’s house.

  11. 17 Oct 2020
    Sandy Reinhard posted an image:
    Mom mom Jo and her granddaughter, Ashley
    Mom mom Jo and her granddaughter, Ashley

  12. 17 Oct 2020
    Sandy Reinhard posted an image:
    Mom mom Jo and her grandson Kyle
    Mom mom Jo and her grandson Kyle

  13. 17 Oct 2020
    Sandy Reinhard posted an image:
    Scott and mom
    Scott and mom

  14. 17 Oct 2020
    Judy Staley says:
    Joann and I were YOUNG mothers together and became OLD grandmothers together. We knew each other's children and we knew each other's grandchildren. We never ran out of conversation which ran from crib to college to weddings to births and more. Then came Florida
    but the news exchanges continued. I remember Joann as a best friend, a fantastic cook, and a true people person who showed the warmest
    of hospitality. I will keep missing you.

    Judy Staley

  15. 17 Oct 2020
    Father Mark Niznik says:
    Joann was a remarkable person in her faith and devotion to the Lord. She loved learning about Scripture and the reception of the Holy Eucharist. Joann had a terrific sense of humor and her love for George was evident in her expression and actions day by day. Our church was better with Joann as she was an integral part of the Body of Christ. Joann exuded a prayerful life, always placing the needs of others before her own. She will be missed and our love for her continues forever. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon her. We ask this In the Name of The Resurrected and Ascended Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world - Amen.

  16. 17 Oct 2020
    Father Mark Niznik lit a candle:
    Lit since October 17, 2020 at 10:26:33 PM

  17. 16 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    Mom's 75th with her children
    Mom's 75th with her children

  18. 16 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    Mom's 75th with all her grandchildren
    Mom's 75th with all her grandchildren

  19. 16 Oct 2020
    Maryette Braly says:
    We have so many fond memories of Joann at the many Krafcik gatherings. We will miss her loving and fun filled spirit. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Mike and Maryette

  20. 16 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    2 year old Joann. Always the entertainer
    2 year old Joann. Always the entertainer

  21. 16 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    Joann the trendsetter
    Joann the trendsetter

  22. 16 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    Joann, Linda and their Daddy
    Joann, Linda and their Daddy

  23. 16 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    Joann and her sister, Linda
    Joann and her sister, Linda

  24. 16 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    Joann and her mother 1949 in VA
    Joann and her mother 1949 in VA

  25. 16 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    1942
    1942

  26. 16 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    School Picture 1st grade
    School Picture 1st grade

  27. 16 Oct 2020
    Linda says:
    My dear big sis...now you have made me the final Mathias and the family matriarch! That is pretty big shoes to fill. You always led the way and were a great sounding board. Now who am I going to compete for the first robin of spring? So happy you are no longer in the torment of Alzheimer's. I will miss the Joann you once were. Keep watch over all of us. Love ya! Linda Lou (thanks again for that!)

  28. 16 Oct 2020
    Kathy Power lit a candle:
    Lit since October 16, 2020 at 10:20:49 AM

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  30. 16 Oct 2020
    Mike Kelly says:
    From the moment that I joined this family, you always treated me like I was your own son. I could have never asked for a better mother-in-law. The time that we got to spend together is something that I will cherish forever. I will miss you the next time that I have the chance to put a puzzle together. I hope that you rest easy knowing that I will always be here to take care of Jodi and the kids. Sleep well Mom.

    Love Mike

  31. 16 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    Mom loved doing crafts.
    Mom loved doing crafts.

  32. 15 Oct 2020
    Herman Tebben lit a candle:
    Lit since October 15, 2020 at 10:45:34 PM

  33. 15 Oct 2020
    Herman Tebben says:
    Dear Joanne,
    Words cannot explain the emptiness that is in my heart now that you are no longer with us. I know Janet was looking forward to seeing you again when this pandemic is over and she moves down here. She considered you her best friend here in Florida as do I. I greatly enjoyed my time with you and George, especially going to those spaghetti dinners and playing cards and games at your home. I know we now have someone in heaven looking over us. My prayers will always be with you. This is not goodbye but only farewell until we meet again.

    Your eternal friend,
    Herman

  34. 15 Oct 2020
    Ruth Lorkowski says:
    My friend. I will greatly miss you. I will treasure all the times we had doing arts and crafts and talking . There's an empty hole here that nobody can fill.

  35. 15 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    Mom loved playing games.
    Mom loved playing games.

  36. 15 Oct 2020
    Mackenzie says:
    Sweet Mommom Jo,
    You encouraged me to just be me since I was a little girl and always made me feel smart, loved, and beautiful. You felt my pain, shared my laughs, and gave me the best hugs in the world. I am so thankful to have gotten my love for reading and puzzles from you. I will forever cherish all of your letters, hats, quilts, jewelry, and crafts. I will also forever cherish our talks about Jesus, going to church with you, and the books you have given me to encourage me in my faith. I will share your love with everyone I meet and pass it down to my own kids one day! I love you a bushel and a peck!

  37. 15 Oct 2020
    Mackenzie posted an image:
    Christmas Eve was one of my favorite days of the year because of Mom mom!
    Christmas Eve was one of my favorite days of the year because of Mom mom!

  38. 15 Oct 2020
    Kristen Dieffenbacher posted an image:
    Sweet Mommom Jo.
    Sweet Mommom Jo.

  39. 15 Oct 2020
    Terri Martin lit a candle:
    Lit since October 15, 2020 at 10:18:33 AM

  40. 15 Oct 2020
    Ashley Reinhard says:
    Mom Mom Jo,

    Your laughter rang throughout the house whenever you were able to visit. You always had something new to share with everybody. A new game, a new craft. You loved being creative, you loved puzzles, and you spread that joy throughout our entire family. I love that I have so many things that you either made for me, or I learned to make from you, and I will treasure those forever. Our family still sits down to play kings in the corner when the power goes out, and I cannot wait to have George over to play Scat again. Don't worry! We'll keep him honest, and try not to let him win too often ;-)

    I'll always miss your phone calls and your stories. You definitely lived a colorful life, and I know you've inspired me to do the same. I want to learn what you loved about Arizona so much. I want to visit the places you did and continue to learn from your stories, even though you aren't here to tell them anymore. I'll always think of you when I see turquoise or a cardinal. I'll always remember feeding the geese in media and how you always had coloring books in your closet for me.

    You'll always be my Mom Mom Jo. I'm so glad you no longer have the burden of dementia weighing you down anymore. Have fun learning all the new things in heaven, without pain, without stress. Check in on all of us down here once in a while. We need your laughter to shine some sun on us every now and again. I love you.

    -Ashley

  41. 15 Oct 2020
    Jodi Kelly says:
    My beautiful mother. My heart hurts. I miss you so much. Everywhere I look, something reminds me of you. I will forever be grateful for all you taught me, and all you did for me. I know you are watching over us all now, and that will give me strength to carry on. I love you! Love, Jodi

  42. 15 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard says:
    Forever in my heart! I love you, Mom!

  43. 15 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    Joann and her daughter, Lisa
    Joann and her daughter, Lisa

  44. 15 Oct 2020
    Lisa Reinhard posted an image:
    Joann with her grandchildren, Kristen and Mitchell
    Joann with her grandchildren, Kristen and Mitchell

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