JoAnne Brookes Birch
JoAnne Brookes Birch, age 77, of East Liverpool went to be with her husband, Robert, on Saturday, October 15, 2011 after a brief illness.
She was born on May 18, 1934, and was the daughter of the late Charles R. and Elsa Shurte Brookes.
Living her entire life in East Liverpool, she had co-owned and operated the former Birch Supply Company with her husband, Bob, for 46 years.
A graduate of East Liverpool High School class of 1952, she was active in class meetings and Alumni planning. Mrs. Birch served on the first board of the Alumni Association, was a member of the Tower Builders and the Alumni Band. She was a member of the East Liverpool Quota Club and the Social Order of the Beauceants. A lifetime member of the former Calvary United Methodist Church which became Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, she sang in the choir, played in the bell choir and was a former board member and trustee of the church board.
She was married on January 15, 1954 to her husband, Robert V. Birch, who died on July 18, 2004.
Mrs. Birch leaves a daughter, Cindy Birch, of East Liverpool and a son Stephen Robert Birch and his wife, Lisa, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fl. Three grandchildren, Stacy Lynn Birch of East Liverpool and S. Blair Birch and Bryce Robert Birch both of Santa Rosa Beach. One brother, Charles B. Brookes and his wife, Maxine, of East Liverpool, Two sisters, Betty Brookes McKernan and Marian Brookes Bowyer both of East Liverpool a sister-in-law, Geraldine Birch Bodinar of East Liverpool. Several Nieces and Nephews, a large circle of dear friends and her lifelong friends, Frank and Joann Hilliard.
Services will be held at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, with Pastor Richard Smith of the church officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery.
Friends may call on Tuesday at the Calcutta funeral home where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. Following services on Wednesday, family and friends will gather at the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Hospitality Center for food and fellowship.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the East Liverpool Alumni Assoc. or the Good Shepherd church.