JOANN M. CHILDRESS
JoAnn Marie Childress (nee Bacacio), 85, of Amherst passed away peacefully
at her home on December 25, 2022. Upon her request, there will be no
showing or service. Her family will have a private celebration of her life.
She was a graduate of Lorain High School, Class of 1956 B and went on to
study cosmetology. She started her own business as a hairdresser out of
her own home. While raising her two children as a single parent, she
attended college at Lorain County Community College and became a registered
nurse, later earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green
State University. Her career started in the maternal child department of
St. Joseph Hospital and continued at Mercy Health until her retirement in
2004. Even after her retirement, she felt she had more to give and became a
volunteer, mainly in the mammography department. She continued to volunteer
until the pandemic eliminated the opportunity. She was devoted to women's
health and was a co-winner of the Ruth Calta award in 2012.
JoAnn touched the lives of so many people. During outings with her family
and visits to the doctor's office, individuals would share stories of her
participation in their postpartum recovery. Even her most recent
hospitalization brought her caregivers to relive many of their memories with
She is survived by her children; daughter Christine Rein (Ostrander) of
Amherst and son Harold (Mary) Ostrander of Taylorsville, Kentucky,
grandchildren; Eric (Aleesha) Ostrander of Spring Hill, Tennessee, Brittany
Ostrander of Wooster, Anna Rein of Amherst, Brent Coleman and Ciara Tribble
of Kentucky, great grandchildren; Caleb, Audree, Marlee, Ayden, MJ, and
Amillia, and nephews Thomas and Anthony Fesler of Lexington.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband Frank Childress (2005), sister
Marlene Fesler (2020), two grandchildren in infancy, and her parents Anthony
(2001) and Elvira Bacacio (1978).
In lieu of flowers, her children request donations be made to the Mercy
Mammography Department or Mercy New life Hospice, or a charity of your
Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst, entrusted with arrangements.