Joan Rech

Joan Marie Rech (Smith)

Monday, December 17th, 1928 - Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
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Joan Marie Rech, 90, of Whipple, Ohio, died Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 17, 1928 in Lowell, Ohio to Earl A. and Hilma Beach Smith.

Joan was a 1946 graduate of Marietta High School, and attended Business College in Columbus, Ohio. For 30 years she worked alongside her husband in the family business, Rech Farm Equipment. Before that, Joan worked for Cresent Supply. Joan was a life member of Highland Ridge Community Church, where she was involved in the women’s group, Willing Workers. She was also a volunteer for Franciscan Meals. Her family was her livelihood, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is survived by her two children, Karen Kidwiler (Don) and Michael Rech (Kelly Lemon), both of Whipple; five grandchildren, Natalie Gray, Nathan Russell, Steven Rech (Meagan), Jesse Rech and Jasmine Lemon; six great grandchildren, Makenzie Russell, Zachary Russell, Sadie Gray, and Bailee Rech, John David and Mason Rech; two siblings, Dorothy Stauch (Richard) of Marietta; and Earl J. Smith (Joan) of Lowell; two sisters in law, Sarah Handschumaker of Newark, Ohio, and Dorothy Smith of Marietta; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death on May 25, 1999 by her husband, John Lewis Rech, whom she married on December 12, 1948; siblings, Robert E., William P., Paul R. Smith and Marcella Scott; and in laws, Clara Smith, Alta Smith, Walter Scott and Robert Handschumaker.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Highland Ridge Community Church with Pastors Johnny Felton and Kevin Lauer co-officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home.

Her family would like to thank everyone who helped care for Joan, especially Dr. Kimberly Hunkele and everyone at Hospice, and special friends Diane Fulton and Letha Rech for their love and care. Donations may be directed to Highland Ridge Community Church, 2200 Highland Ridge Road, Lowell, Ohio 45744 or Amedisys Hospice, 27855 OH-7, Marietta, OH 45750. Cawley & Peoples is honored to serve Joan’s family and offers online condolences and many more resources by visiting their website, .

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 24th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, May 24th, 2019 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Marietta Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home
    408 Front Street
    MARIETTA, OH 45750
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  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 11:00am
    Highland Ridge Community Church
    2200 Highland Ridge Road
    LOWELL, OH 45744
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    Pastor Johnny Felton
    Pastor Kevin Lauer
  • Interment

    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 12:00pm
    Highland Ridge Cemetery
    2191 Highland Ridge Road
    LOWELL, OH 45744
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  • Reception

    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 12:30pm
    Holy Smoke Event Center
    6825 OH-821
    WHIPPLE, OH 45788
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Posted at 08:39am
Sorry to hear about Joan. Remembering all the good times we had.
Dave Aikman

Randy Davis

Posted at 03:42pm
It is especially hard to let someone so very nice go. But, all can take solace in the fact that Joan was truly one of the nicest and most generous persons (mother/grandmother) anyone could know.

Lori Hart

Posted at 06:00pm
Our heart felt condolences to your entire family and friends of Joan. She was a sweetheart and so very welcoming to us when we came to events at the church. Our Dad pastor Don Hart would talk so highly of her and how blessed he felt to have her in his church and as a friend. May god bless.

Don & Linda Lawrence

Posted at 11:37am
Our love and prayers .
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Posted at 10:24am
Mike, we are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort at this time. With love and hugs,
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