JoAnn Mary (Gwizdale) Calve, 74 of Boardman, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the Cleveland Clinic with her loving family by her side. JoAnn was born September 1, 1948 in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Genevieve (Ostrowski) Gwizdale. She was a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. Upon graduation she attended trade school and worked as a secretary. She married her husband, Richard Calve on May 31, 1975. Together they raised two children. Upon the birth of her children, JoAnn became a stay-at-home mom for the next 12 years. She cherished her time at home with her young children but later decided that she wanted to take a more active role in helping others. She pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. She graduated from St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in 1992. Her children and husband were very proud of the dedication she put into her studies. It inspired her children to know that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams, and with determination you can accomplish anything. JoAnn especially loved working with elderly patients and was employed by various nursing homes throughout her career. She retired in 2014.
JoAnn was a member of Christ Our Savior and Saint Charles Roman Catholic parishes where she volunteered her time and especially enjoyed helping at their annual festivals. She was very devoted to her Catholic faith. She was also a member of The Ladies of Charity.
JoAnn was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, and enjoyed spending all of her quality time with her family. There was never a recital, concert, game, or event for her children or granddaughters that she wasn’t a part of. She looked forward to traveling multiple times throughout the year to visit her grandchildren in Florida. JoAnn was also a fashionista. Wherever she went she was always coordinated from head to toe. JoAnn loved holidays and the joy they brought to her family. She loved to decorate her home from top to bottom for each and every holiday throughout the year. JoAnn was an overall kind, loving, caring, and wonderful woman.
JoAnn leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 47 years, Richard Calve; her children, Mandi Calve of Boardman and Rich (Christina) Calve of Tampa, Florida; grandchildren, Elli, Torrence, Mackenzie and Trey; niece, Terra Caswell of Struthers; one sister and two brothers.
Besides her parents, JoAnn was preceded in death by her father- and mother-in-law Frank and Lena Calve, brother- and sister-in-law Gary and Darlene Caswell, and her beloved dog, Haylee.
Family and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian burial which will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Church (Christ Our Savior Parish), 764 Fifth Street, Struthers, Ohio on Friday, April 14, 2023 at 11:00am.