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Jo Ann Martin of Chester

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    Jo Ann Martin

updated: 6/7/2022 2:58 PM

Jo Ann Martin, 86, of Chester, Illinois, passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at her residence.

She was born to the late Leslie and Dorothy (nee Keel) Powell on Oct. 13, 1935 in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Jo Ann married Sherman Martin on Dec. 31, 1952 in East St. Louis, Illinois; he preceded her in death on March 22, 2018.

She was a homemaker. She also worked at Chester Memorial Hospital in the housekeeping department and had been a waitress and cook in Troy, Illinois.

Jo Ann was of the Protestant faith. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was a den mother for the Cub Scouts in Troy, Illinois. She also volunteered at the Knights of Columbus in Chester and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Jo Ann is survived by her two sons, Robert (Gwen) Martin of Makanda, Illinois and Donald Martin of Chester; five grandchildren, Rhonda (Greg) Wold, Stephanie (Russell) Blattner, Jeremy (Courtney) Martin, Sean (Emily) Martin and Robbie Martin; six great-grandchildren, Hannah Blattner, Alyssa Blattner, Ryan Blattner, Isabella Martin, Kelsey Wold and Nicole Ridge; and two great-great grandchildren, Cherish Pouk and Lucas Binder.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022 at Pechacek Funeral Homes in Chester, Illinois, with the Rev. Phillip Keeton officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of Southern Illinois or Toys for Tots.

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