It is with great sadness
to share that we have lost a long-time member of the Akron Post-Polio Support Group, and very beloved friend, Joanne Gellner,
86, who passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Joanne was born August 31, 1929 in Akron, to Harold and Edythe Dickinson.
She was a 1949 graduate of Akron North High School. She was a former member of Concordia Lutheran Church and most recently
Northminster Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed summer trips to her family cottage in Pointe-Au-Baril, Ontario, Canada, on Kissin
Kousins Island. An avid sports fan, she enjoyed bowling, golf, followed the Cleveland sports teams. Joanne
was active in her community, involved in PTA, scouting, politics, running the voting booth, the Goodyear Boating and Yacht
Club and the Akron Post-Polio Support Group. Preceded in death by her husband,
James, of 65 years, many, many family members. She is survived by her three sons, grand and great grandchildren,
and many, many other family members across the U.S and Canada.
The Akron Post-Polio Support
Group was a vital part of Joanne’s life. She exuded such an open and warm heart to all who knew her.
It was her husband, Jim (who passed away February 13, 2015) who had polio and she never missed being at a meeting with
him, and even after he passed, she continued to show her love and caring for the support group members.
She served in different capacities to help with the group’s activities – the parties, our organization’s
historical scrapbook, but was probably most known for being the organizer of our huge annual fundraiser each year (the Acme
Grocery cashback receipt program) which took a huge amount of time and effort. Joanne couldn’t wait
each year until the fundraiser concluded to announce to the group how much money we had made for our treasury.
Her kind spirit will be sorely missed and we are thankful for all good memories she leaves with us.
may be made to the Akron Post-Polio Support Group, c/o Brenda Ferguson, 71 Donze Ct. Tallmadge, OH 44278-3608 or Hospice of
Summa, P.O. Box 2090, Akron, Ohio 44398.