Joanne Williams, who recently retired from Lakewood City Hall after nearly 19 years of service, died on April 6.
She was 68 years old.
Williams, a longtime Lakewood resident, was remembered by her friends and colleagues as warm, friendly and hard-working.
“I had the opportunity to work with her for the past seven years since I’ve been here,” said Jenn Pae, the city’s finance director. “She was very dedicated and very hardworking person who cared deeply about her job.”
“She will be greatly missed,” Pae added. “My thoughts go out to her family and friends."
Williams, (nee Vinci), was the beloved wife of Roger, loving mother of Michele Bishop (Mark), Melissa Blaha (Steve) Maureen Bandi (Jonathan), Matthew Williams (Irene) and Mitchel Williams. Dearest grandmother of Jake, Austyn, Corey, Logan, Payton, Sophia, Parker, Austin, Evan and Eric. Dear sister to Mimi Russ (Rich), Sandy Bethlenfalvy (Attila), Michael Vinci (Timerie Budge) and Art Vinci (Bonnie). Loving aunt, cousin and friend of many. Daughter of the late Emma (nee Cipriani) and Angelo Vinci.
The funeral service is slated to take place at Faith Lutheran Church 16511 Hilliard Road at 11 a.m. Friday.
Visitation, at Nickels and Andrade Funeral Home, took place on Thursday.