June 28, 1927 - November 24, 2021
"Truth be told, you never grow old. With a song in your heart, and a smile on your face I can take on the whole human race. And with my loved one by my side, I am in for a hell of a good ride." Jo Ann Merkle Blaine passed away November 24, 2021 and lived her life by the rhyme she created (written above). Her "hell of a good ride" was driven by her husband of 71 years, William E. Blaine, Jr. Preceded in death by her parents Bill and Peg Merkle and sister Audrey Zimmerman. Survived by her husband William E. Blaine Jr.; son Michael J. Blaine, Grandview Heights, Ohio, daughter Cathy J. Egner, Malibu, California, son J. Craig Blaine (Jo), San Diego, California, son Judson E. Blaine (Monica), Upper Arlington, Ohio; grandchildren Ryan Emerson (Zhouie), Myles Egner, Joanna Egner, Jillian Beers (Zach), Chelsea Blaine (David Kuck), Tyler Blaine (Alexandria), Max Blaine, and Bridget Blaine; great-grandchildren Bear and Joanna Emerson, and Elly Egner, Duke and Lo Blaine; brother William "Bill" Merkle; and numerous Zimmerman and Merkle nieces and nephews. A cheerleader at Upper Arlington High School, she continued to lead cheers throughout her life for her family and friends. Jo Ann was a proud member of the Delta Gamma Sorority while attending The Ohio State University. While working in the Registrar's office at The Ohio State University, she met a law school student, which would become her life partner of 71 years. She was a long-standing member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and served on several committees through her life. She had a set place in the balcony, every Sunday, while her husband taught 6th grade Sunday School class. For many years, she volunteered at the Broad Street United Methodist Church. She and Bill traveled the world together, and they developed a great appreciation for the Arts. She served for many years as a Docent at the Columbus Museum of Art, taking school students around the museum explaining about the artists and paintings. She was an avid tennis player at Scioto Country Club, and when she retired her racket, she became a very noteworthy bridge player. Well into her 90's, she would keep track of all the points scored in bridge and would be the leader at the end of most games. Coming from a family that was in the restaurant business, she was known for her many meals and treats. Serving up her much-loved ham salad sandwiches, cheesy-dos, french toast, lemon pudding, and brownies with icing. You could never leave her kitchen without adding a few pounds. She and her sister were known by business owners of furniture and rug stores around Columbus, Ohio. Designing for many of the projects for which she had going, the business owners knew they were in for a tough negotiation when the Merkle sisters came into their store. She was honored by Ohio Wesleyan University for her design and furnishings of Austin Manor. Affectionally known as "Mims or Mimsy" to her family, she also was called their "Rhyming Grandmother" by her 8 grandkids and 5 great-grandkids. She always had a special rhyme for birthdays and special occasions. Each rhyme specially written and individualized for each grandchild and child. To her four children, she was a mother of great patience and love. She always was there for support in whatever endeavors her children were into. Her support for her kids lasted well into adulthood. She was always their biggest cheerleader. Forever missed by her family, we gain comfort in knowing that she is leading a cheer, with a new rhyme, for her family and friends in Heaven. Private services will be held at Green Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements by Schoedinger Northwest. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.Schoedinger.com. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to OhioHealth Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Dr, Columbus, OH 43214, or a favorite charity in her honor.
"Truth be told, you never grow old. With a song in your heart, and a smile on your face I can take on the whole human race. And with my loved one by my side, I am in for a hell of a good ride." Jo Ann Merkle Blaine passed away November 24,... View Obituary & Service Information
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