WOOSTER – On a beautiful Sunday morning, November 2, 2014, Joanne L. Mongeau passed away, and was reunited with her loving husband Al.
Born May 28, 1942 to Harold W. Picking and Alma (Webb) Picking in Ashland Ohio. The family moved from Akron to Wooster when Joanne was three years old. She was a 1960 WHS graduate where she was a band majorette and very active in GAA. After graduation, Joanne was a secretary at what is now, the OARDC, then moved to Columbus and worked as a secretary at the Columbus and Southern electric company. In the summer of 1963 she became Miss Columbus and then the runner-up in the Miss Ohio pageant.
The move to Columbus brought Capt. Albert Mongeau into her life. He was stationed at Lockbourne AFB before serving as a pilot in Vietnam. They were married May 2, 1964. Joanne was proud to be a military wife, and was ready to press on when the next assignment came. She and their children, Karen and David, would meet Al, wherever in the world he was; Laos, Okinawa, California, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Florida. She would make a new home, help other Air Force families and entertain in style. Even the General and his wife.
After Al’s retirement, the family moved to The Woodlands, TX for ten years. Then to Melbourne, FL to be close to their son. Enjoying golf, cards and Joanne s passion for reading.
Before she died, Joanne’s granddaughter, Natalie, along with her two-year-old daughter (Joanne s great granddaughter) Lydia, flew to Wooster from Okinawa, where Natalie’s husband, Staff Sgt. E 5 Michael Applegate, is stationed in the Air Force. Joanne was so proud the military tradition continues in the family.
Surviving are children, Karen (Mike) Etheredge of Farmington New Mexico, David (Rebecca) Mongeau of Ormond Beach, FL., granddaughter Natalie (Staff Sgt. E-5 Michael) Applegate of Okinawa, Japan and great-granddaughter Lydia Applegate of Okinawa Japan. Also siblings, Larry Picking of Beverly, MA, Carol (Gary) Miller of Jeromesville, David (Jane) Picking of Wooster, Linda (Ken) McNeil of Wooster, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Major Albert Mongeau and her parents.
Services will be at 11:00 am Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church, 301 N. Market St., Wooster. Calling hours one hour prior.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Danbury Woods Assisted Living, and the caring and comfort from LifeCare Hospice of Wooster.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad Street, Canfield, OH 44406 (on your donation please state ( restrict to Wayne county 44691 ) or to www.woundedwarriorproject.org
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406 (on your donation please state (restrict top Wayne Co. 44691) or to www.wounded warrior project.org
Memorial Service Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church.
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 301 N. Market St., Wooster