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Joann Roorbach
  • Passed away on April 11, 2022

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Joann Theresa Roorbach (neé Fuleky), 79, of The Villages, FL, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2022. She was born July 18, 1942, in Columbus, OH, to Hungarian immigrant parents Sandor and Terika Fuleky. She met her husband, James “Jim” A. Roorbach, II, in Annapolis, MD, in 1962 and married him in Washington, DC in June 1965. They then began a 56 year odyssey together including traveling the world during Jim’s 30-year Naval career. Jo lived in 18 American cities, abroad in Japan and Italy, and in 28 different homes. Her life adventures included teaching English at the Italian Air Force Academy while living in Italy, working on the Editorial Page of the Wall Street Journal in New York City, and volunteering as an “Arlington Lady” supporting funerals for Navy veterans at Arlington National Cemetery. Jo cherished her life as a Navy wife and mother to her three children. She was an extraordinary hostess who cared deeply for her family and friends, loved playing bridge, cooking, and reading. Jo and Jim retired and settled in The Villages in 2002.

Jo is survived by her husband, Jim; children, Jay (Jen Marthia), Teresa (Billy) Adams, and Sarah (Joel) Mills; grandchildren, Nate, Steven, Cabel, Annie; and great-grandsons, Kye and Irie. A private memorial service will be held at the family’s home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jo’s memory to the Hungarian Reformed Church of Columbus, Ohio at P.O. Box 77546, Columbus, OH 43207.


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  1. John and Sandra Fuleky says:
    19 Apr 2022
    Our deepest sympathy to Uncle Jim and family. I will always cherish the wonderful memories my younger years with my Aunt Joann. You will be dearly missed.

  2. Bob and Susan Stevens says:
    18 Apr 2022
    Susan and I will miss Jo greatly. The hospitality shown by Jo and Jim is exceptional; the two of them have been tireless in keeping the bonds of friendship alive for the Naval Academy Class of 1965. It has been a great blessing having Jo as a friend ever since Annapolis days in the '60s.

  3. Gayle Erskine says:
    17 Apr 2022
    Dear Jim and family,
    I was blessed to share time with Jo in Southern Living. She brought a smile, great dishes and I enjoyed her hospitality and friendship. Over the years she shared many memories of her family. She loved you and her children. She was an exemplary Navy wife and she will be missed. May God soothe your broken hearts and may you know

  4. Gayle Erskine says:
    17 Apr 2022
    Dear Jim and family,
    I was blessed to share time with Jo in Southern Living. She brought a smile, great dishes and I enjoyed her hospitality and friendship. Over the years she shared many memories of her family. She loved you and her children. She was an exemplary Navy wife and she will be missed. May God soothe your broken hearts and may you know we are holding you up in prayer. Gayle and John Erskine

  5. Dennis Neutze says:
    17 Apr 2022
    Sunny and I always enjoyed being around Jo. She was vivacious and knowing her enriched our lives. Jo will be missed by us and all who knew her.

  6. Gary Rezeau says:
    17 Apr 2022
    Jo was one of those precious persons that as soon as you met her you knew she was special. She was one of the most positive and loving persons I know. A great hostess with a much appreciated sense of humor, time spent with Jo was always lots of fun to the point that saying good bye was not easy. I think the greatest gift Jo left us with were the many memories of time spent with Jo and Jim. Those are everlasting. So her's to Jo! A class act and a Great American who will be greatly missed. Love, Zoo

  7. Caryll and Jack Moore says:
    17 Apr 2022
    Caryll and I enjoyed being in the company of Jo and Jim for the last 50 plus years. They were two outstanding people (Jim still is), and we will miss Jo!

  8. Nancy Roorbach says:
    14 Apr 2022
    Jo lived her life to the fullest and made those around her feel special. She was a welcoming hostess with a great sense of humor. It was a privilege to know such a wonderful lady and loving sister-in-law.

  9. Pam Roorbach says:
    14 Apr 2022
    Jo was an awesome lady who I much admired. My favorite memory with her is when the two of us raced around a fairly prestigious golf course in golf carts like bandits - that is until the motor on my cart started smoking. We laughed when we sheepishly brought the carts back. What a hoot. The world was a better place with a Jo Roorbach in it.

  10. Doug Roorbach says:
    13 Apr 2022
    Joann was so cheerful and loving; we will miss her.

  11. Teresa Adams says:
    13 Apr 2022
    So happy to be with you in your final moments. As with my entire life as your daughter, it was such an honor.
    Love you Mama!
    Peanut

  12. Peg Shrum says:
    13 Apr 2022
    Jo was a great hostess. We always were welcome and treated royally. She was a great sister-in-law who had a heart for others.

  13. Sarah Mills says:
    12 Apr 2022
    Love you forever, Mom!
    Thank you for bringing so much love and joy into the world during your life. Your Sally.

  14. Sarah Mills says:
    12 Apr 2022
    Love you forever, Mom. Thank you for all the joy and love you’ve brought to world in your life. Love, Sally.

  15. Jim says:
    12 Apr 2022
    Love her all her married life. She was my soul mate.

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