Jo Herron

July 30, 1942 - September 13, 2021
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Jo Herron, 79, of New Philadelphia passed away September 13, 2021 following a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born in Dover, Ohio on July 30, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Orley R. and Hyllie Ann (Weaver) Herron, Sr.

Jo, a native Quaker, graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1960 an…

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Jo Herron, 79, of New Philadelphia passed away September 13, 2021 following a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.

Born in Dover, Ohio on July 30, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Orley R. and Hyllie Ann (Weaver) Herron, Sr.

Jo, a native Quaker, graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1960 and went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA and continued her graduate work at Ashland and Kent State Universities.  Jo accepted a teaching position in her hometown, spending the next 30 years doing what she felt called to at East and South Elementary Schools.

Because she loved teaching children, she broadened her positive impact on kids’ lives by becoming a sought-after ventriloquist, traveling throughout the country with her six dolls known as the Woodhead Family. She performed for churches, schools, civic clubs, banquets, camps and appeared on various television shows, thrilling and enlightening audiences of all ages with her humor, wisdom and great wit.

Jo loved to travel the world, write children’s stories and poems, celebrate Christmas year-round, and spend as many moments as she could with her family and friends. She always held firm to her abiding faith in God, even in the midst of her tough health challenges.  With her exceptionally positive attitude and her unwavering belief that “while every day might not be good, you can always find good in every day,” she was a shining role model to countless friends and family.

Jo is survived by her brother, Niles Weaver Herron of California; her nieces and nephews who fondly referred to her as “Auntie Jo”, Jill (Scott) Carter, Morgan (Magda) Herron, Mark (Sonya) Herron, Tim (Tracy Lynn) Winters, Tracy Jo (Joe) Frederick, David (Sylvia) Herron, and Susan Herron-Green; many great-nieces and nephews including, Libby, Reese, and Bodie Winters, Hyllie and Julia Frederick, Chase, Grant, and Glenne Carter and Breanna Herron, all of whom were absolutely adored by such an inspiring, full-of-fun, upbeat presence in their lives.

Additionally, she will be greatly missed by her special friends, Tom and Patti Strickling and Randy and Nancy Gibbs who loved Jo beyond measure and carried out God’s charge: “Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” For their deep and abiding love, Jo’s family will always be grateful.

In addition to her parents, Jo was preceded in death by her siblings, Orley R. (“O.R.”) Herron, Jr., and Anne Christie Winters.

Visitation will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Sunday, September 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A service celebrating Jo’s life will begin in the chapel at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Brian Flood officiating. Private burial will be held Monday in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia.

Jo’s family would like to thank the great men and women in healthcare who cared for Jo over the past decade during her valiant fight.  They are the unsung heroes of so many lives, and their unwavering commitment to providing the best care possible allowed Jo to fully live out her purpose and passions.

Memorial contributions in Jo’s memory may be directed to the Heritage Home Association, PO Box 287, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.


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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm

End Time: 2:30 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021

Time: 2:30 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, September 20, 2021

Private Burial

Donation Information

The Heritage Home Association of Tuscarawas County

PO Box 287
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

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Born: July 30, 1942
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Teresa Fisher posted on 9/25/21

Jo was such a beautiful lady. She always brought joy and happiness when she walked into a room. She will be truly missed by so many people who loved her. Heaven received such a precious angel. Teresa Fisher


Beth Knisely Franz posted on 9/19/21

Extending my deepest sympathy to Jo’s loved ones. I first met Jo, “ Miss Herron,” when I was a student at Tusc. Ave. Elementary School, and she was a young teacher. I adored her! With her perfectly flipped hair and stylish clothes, she looked like Marlo Thomas in “That Girl.” Years later, I had the opportunity to teach with her at South Elementary. I loved hearing about her trips, watching her arrive at school each day wearing the same color from head to toe, and admired her ability to build relationships with students and staff, alike. She was definitely a special person! Rest In Peace, Jo.


Judy Swinehart posted on 9/19/21

To Jo's Loved Ones, I remember Miss Herron when I was a student at Tuscarawas Elementary School. I loved her. I thought she was absolutely beautiful inside and out. She made quite an impression on me in those early years and for that I am grateful. It sounds like she went on to be a positive influence through out her life. My sincere condolences to you and God bless you all. Judy Dudley Swinehart


Lisa Penso Humston posted on 9/19/21

WOW the best teacher EVER she lived just up the alley from the high school I would go visit her and her mom at lunch time LOVE HER TO THE MOON MY SECOND GRADE TEACHER AND her dummy she was a ventriloquist and would Bing it to school ? ? ? ?. GOD BLESS!!


Heather Howell posted on 9/17/21

You have left the world a better place. I know how much you loved Hyllie, Joe, Tracy and Julia. I wish you loads of Christmas trees and sparkling lights in heaven, as I know your immediate family will hold tight to your memories. God Bless.


Jane Arnold posted on 9/17/21

Deepest sympathy to Jo’s family and friends. She was an awesome, classy lady. As a volunteer in her classroom at South in the 90’s, it was always a priority to decorate her room for the month or season. There were also some fun shopping trips to Canton. Her smile and very special presence will be missed by all who knew her. Steve and Jane Arnold


Ann Proctor posted on 9/16/21

My two children both had Jo Herron for a fourth grade teacher at South Elementary School in the 1980’s. I never had the privilege of being able to call Jo a friend till much later in life. We spent many hours visiting and sharing our deep Faith sitting at the caned center in Dover, Ohio. Jo never complained and her life and testimony was filled with God’s Grace. Till we meet again. Ann Proctor


Carol Bartolet posted on 9/16/21

I met Jo through our mutual friend Patti Strickling and found her to be so charming and upbeat. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. I will miss seeing her on my trips north to Ohio from Florida. RIP Jo...


Susan (Stein) Herman posted on 9/16/21

The best 5th grade (South 1976-77) teacher ever. The days that she brought her ventriloquist dolls to school were absolutely the best ever. We also loved hearing about her amazing trips. That year she gave us all these wonderful handmade yo-yos from whatever country she had just been to. I still have mine to this day. I will certainly miss seeing her walking around downtown.


Kathy Pope posted on 9/16/21

It was great pleasure getting to meet and know her through my job at the Chevy dealership. We both had love for antiques. I knew she was special just by talking with her. My condolences.


Mike Arnold posted on 9/16/21

Deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to all friends and family.


Cheri tarulli posted on 9/15/21

Such an awesome lady my sons second grade teacher at south school loved waiting on her when I worked at drug mart she was always dressed very pretty had a great style and great personality she will be missed


Rob Cox posted on 9/15/21

She was an amazing woman and will be deeply missed. She was a great educator and always made sure you always did your best She alway cared for her students. Thanks for making a difference in my life.


Shawn Huff posted on 9/15/21

One of my favorite teachers at South Elementary back in the early to mid 1980’s. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. She left an impression on everyone she met and most importantly the kids she taught.


Charlyn Menapace posted on 9/15/21

A wonderful lady and educator, so unique and always kind. She will be remembered.


Tiffany Morrison posted on 9/15/21

So sorry to hear of her passing. She was a light in a dark room. She made such an impact on me as a child. I had the immense pleasure of being one of her students. I ran into her in sarasota florida years ago and yelled "Ms. Herron!" Her smile was infectious. Prayers to the entire family. She will surely be missed by so many.


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 9/15/21

Jo was a wonderful educator and person. I can't recall ever seeing her without a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eyes. Keeping all of her family in my thoughts and prayers. She will surely be missed!


Susan Davis posted on 9/15/21

Deepest sympathy to Jo’s family and abiding friends. I loved her sparkling personality, attention to details in clothing and decorating (especially in her classroom) and her love for life. May she Rest In Peace.


kas kaswinkel posted on 9/15/21

Our deepest Sympathy to the Herron Family - knowing Jo was a great asset over the many years; God is in control and welcomed her with open arms --- she can entertain those that have gone before her --- Bev and Kas Kaswinkel, members of TCHHA


Carolyn Vaughn posted on 9/15/21

To Jo's Family, So very sorry for your loss....She was a Sweetheart and I hadn't seen her much lately but when I did was at Drug Mart and she was her Sweet self.....I graduated with her....she will be missed..... Carolyn Cua Vaughn


Karen Jenkins posted on 9/15/21

Jo’s wonderful spirit has touched hundreds and hundreds of lives throughout the years. I did my student teaching under her guidance at East Elementary 50 long years ago and worked with her at South Elementary. She loved her career and her life outside of school (especially cruises). Her ventriloquism skills and great comedy acts were enjoyed by her students and other groups. Always dressed to perfection whether going to church, school or just walking downtown she was a unique individual and made this world a better place. Deepest sympathy to her family and loved ones.


Abby Contini posted on 9/15/21

Jo, The first day of my teaching career at South School, I saw a vision of loveliness dressed in all white, head to toe, and I knew that we would be great friends. You had an impeccable sense of style that many admired. When Keith Richards comments on your style in the Chicago Airport, you know you're a fashion queen. Over the last 33 years, I have enjoyed spending time with you. You were the most joyful and positive person I have ever known. You were very loyal to your family and friends. You were the only person that liked decorating for Christmas more than me which started in July for you. Thank you for the laughs, memories, and all of the fast food coupons. RIP, Beautiful Lady. You will be greatly missed. Love, Abby Contini, Jimmy, Cory, and Chloe


Martha Fankhauser posted on 9/15/21

Jo was a one of a kind teacher friend and mentor. I taught with her at East school my first two years of teaching and I learned so very much from her. I am saddened by her passing and I can hear her voice reassuring all of us that she is OK! Loved Jo and sending my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to her family. May her talents make God giggle! Sincerely Martha Massarelli Fankhauser