Jo Lynn M. Papuga

April 20, 1971 - October 5, 2018
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Jo Lynn Markay Papuga, 47, of New Philadelphia passed away in her home on October 5, 2018.

Born April 20, 1971 in Canton, she was the daughter of the late Linda (Marion) Zalesky and Joseph Zalesky.

After graduating from Tuscarawas Central Catholic in 1989, Jo Lynn continued her formal education at the University …

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Jo Lynn Markay Papuga, 47, of New Philadelphia passed away in her home on October 5, 2018.

Born April 20, 1971 in Canton, she was the daughter of the late Linda (Marion) Zalesky and Joseph Zalesky.

After graduating from Tuscarawas Central Catholic in 1989, Jo Lynn continued her formal education at the University of Akron obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Most recently, she was employed by Tuscarawas County Job and Family Services.

Jo Lynn was an active member of the Central Catholic family, serving for many years in the concession stand. Her two sons were her world, and she was their greatest support and cheerleader. Jo Lynn will long be remembered for her optimism and cheerful attitude.

She will be deeply missed by her sons, Trew and Tate Papuga, both students at The Ohio State University; her husband, Todd Papuga; siblings, Troy (Val) Raderchak of Strasburg, Joseph (Lisa) Zalesky, and Francis Oliver; brothers and sisters-in-law, Leesa (Jim) Welfley of Dover, Robin (Perry) Traquina, Tina Marie Kane, Scott Peltier, and Vaughn (Geri) Peltier; and her step-mother, Florence Zalesky of Dover.

Jo Lynn was preceded in passing by her parents; and her niece, Nicole Raderchak.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5 to 8 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. Father Jeff Coning will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church on Friday October 12, 2018 beginning at 11:00 AM. A luncheon will follow the mass in the Tuscarawas Central Catholic cafeteria.

Contributions may be made in Jo Lynn’s memory to the Jo Lynn Papuga Memorial Fund, c/o any First National Bank of Dennison to benefit her sons.


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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


139 3rd Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Reception Information

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm

Tuscarawas Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School


777 Third Street NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

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Born: April 20, 1971
Died: October 5, 2018

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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Florence. Zalesky posted on 10/15/18

I think about you all the time, I love you and miss you. Tate and Trew u was your mon’swhole life she loved you guys so much. Make her proud work hard make great life’s for your selfs.


Jessica Halter posted on 10/14/18

I can’t even put into words how much you will be missed, we were all blessed to have you in our lives, you help me craft my teaching style and are inspiration for the kind of mother I want to be, you were an incredible human being, I love you, till we meet again ??


Nancy L Martinelli posted on 10/12/18

I’m sorry for the loss of your Mom Tate...God Bless you and your family during this difficult time in your life...Love and Prayers...??


Penny Rose posted on 10/11/18

To Miss Jo Lynn's family, she was my daughters head start teacher 22 yrs ago. The family has never forgotten her, she made such an impact on our daughter. I'm positive that's why our daughter loved school. The world has lost a beautiful soul. RIP Miss Jo Lynn. We will never forget you.


Arlene Bolyard posted on 10/10/18

Jo Lynn was devoted to all children , and she touched the lives of many under her care . It was an honor to know her. She was a true inspiration . Condolences to her two sons. they were her pride and joy. Rest in Peace, Jo Lynn.


Lori Corrigan posted on 10/10/18

So sorry to hear of Jo Lynn's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family from all of us in NH .


Castrolux family posted on 10/10/18

She was my kid's favorite preschool teacher. They still talk about her now.she will always be in our hearts


Anna Thralls posted on 10/10/18

Trew and Tate, Your Mom was a co-worker at Head Start and I was able to work with her as a consultant later on. I can't even begin to tell you how much she loved and how proud she was of you both. She and I spent a lot of time talking about our boys. Please always keep her love and that knowledge with you. She was a phenomenal teacher! I would love to have been in her classroom as a child! She was always happy, smiling, laughing, and having fun! I cannot imagine the number of children's lives she so positively impacted. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you two will be in my thoughts and prayers.


Pam Maloy posted on 10/10/18

Heaven has gained a beautiful angel who will be missed greatly by many! Trew & Tate, your mom loved you boys with all of her heart. Just remember that she will be by your side always. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May God wrap you in his loving arms and grant you peace during this time of sorrow.


Signa Eitelgeorge posted on 10/10/18

Troy, Val & Taylor - many thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength during this difficult time.


kim murphy posted on 10/9/18

Tate and Trew your mother was truly a dear heart I have known her since we worked together at head start not only was she my dear friend but she was my " sister" I will always keep her close to my heart. May the good Lord bless and keep you both . Kim Murphy


Cheryl Marthey posted on 10/9/18

Troy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your sister fondly. Prayers and hugs during this difficult time.


CHRIS METARKO posted on 10/9/18

I've known Jo Lynn over 40 years and am saddened to hear TCC class of 89 has lost one of our own.


Jonnie McCallister posted on 10/9/18

So sorry for your loss! Prayers


Ann Wenzel posted on 10/9/18

I met Jo Lynn through work activities. She always had kind words and was dedicated to help others be the best they could be. Such a loss for her family, friends, co-workers and community. Rest in peace.


April posted on 10/9/18

I'm so sorry for your loss jo Lynn was all three of my childrens preschool teacher we absolutely loved her she always made our day when we walked in there my condolences goes to all her loved ones she will be truly missed and was an amazing women and mom


Diane Chini posted on 10/9/18

So sorry hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Bruce Hillyer posted on 10/9/18

Sorry for your loss


Melissa Napier posted on 10/9/18

JoLynn was always there when I needed her in the mornings or afternoon. I don't think she even realized what a great support she was to me in those times. I will miss her greatly. Prayers go out to all the family!!!


Rob Gribble posted on 10/8/18

Such a beautiful person taken to soon. Thank you JoLynn for all of you service within our community. You will be deeply missed by so many. May the Holy Spirit be with all who knew JoLynn and loved her.


Elizabeth posted on 10/8/18

She will be missed she helped my kids threw so much God bless and thank you for all u have done for all the children.


robin Corpman posted on 10/8/18

jolynn was a wonderful person with a big heart. to the family my prayers and thoughts are with you. she will live on forever in your hearts!


Shawn Rinehart posted on 10/8/18

Love and prayers to your family. Thinking of you all during this sad time.


Ben Metzger posted on 10/8/18

I would run into Jo at work all the time. She was one of my favorite customers, and would always share a laugh while I was cashing her out. My prayers to her family.


Ruth Immel posted on 10/8/18

We will miss Jo Lynn’s beautiful smile. She was sweet, loving, and kind. She left behind a legacy of beautiful children, friends and family who loved her. Forever grateful. Until we meet again girl! Love and prayers! Ruth & Jeff Immel


Lora melia posted on 10/8/18

I am so sorry to hear of Jo Lynns passing. I used to babysit her when she would come to Indiana to visit. R.i.p.and god bless her family during this trying time.


Mackenzie Perez posted on 10/8/18

I am so very sorry for your loss. Jo Lynn was an amazing person. She was the preschool teacher for all of my sons and impacted their lives more than you know. They still talk about her to this day. Praying for peace, comfort, and understanding for you all?


Debbie Ours posted on 10/8/18

So sorry to hear about the passing of Jo Lynn. So many memories of growing up in the valley with Jo Lynn, Troy and Joey. Sending Prayers to the family and friends. My heart is heavy with grief. Debbie Ford Ours


Megan Kneuss posted on 10/8/18

Jo Lynn was loved by us and so many. She was my best friend and an Aunt to my sons. She will sadly missed. Heaven got a beautiful angel! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Trew and Tate and the family. Love and prayers, Megan and Luke Kneuss and sons


ROBIN R. RANDOLPH posted on 10/8/18

Dear Leesa and Jim Brad and I send our most sincere sympathy. And if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Stacia S. posted on 10/8/18

My condolences to the entire Zalesky and Papuga Families...


Cheryl McMasters posted on 10/8/18

Sending my Deepest Condolences to the family. Jo Lynn was my daughter's pre-school teacher at Bowers. She was such a lovely person. No matter where I was and we would see here we always spoke to one another like long lost friends. Heaven gained an Angel.


Dave Antonelli posted on 10/8/18

So very sorry to hear of Jo Lynn’s passing. I’ve always known her to be a very kind, loving, and good person. Your family is our thoughts.


Tim and Mary Meiser posted on 10/8/18

Lessa and family I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister in law. Love Tim and Mary


Kim Quillen posted on 10/8/18

I love you girl, I’m gonna miss you so much!! Trew and Tate, I love you!!