Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


WOOSTER “ Joan D. Nau, 77, of Wooster passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Wooster Community Hospital.
Joan was born September 5, 1942 in Caldwell, the daughter of Joseph and Blanche Mallett Forshey.   She married Harold J. Nau on September 17, 1960.   He preceded her in death on January 12, 2018.
She was a 1960 graduate of Elk Local High School and retired from the U.S. Post Office after over 30 years of service.   Joan was a very active member of St. Mary Catholic Church.   She enjoyed gardening, loved her dog, Gracie and spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving is her son, Michael (Deb) Nau of Wooster; son-in-law, Mark Novelli of Wooster; grandchildren, Kyle (Niki) Marcum of Wooster, Dana (Ed) Bailey of Brecksville, Brittany (Sean) Griffin of Conway, SC, Tyler Joseph Nau of Wooster, Jared Michael Nau of Wooster; step-grandchildren, Chad (Sarah) Novelli of Columbus, Erin Novelli of N. Canton, Jason (Stacie) Novelli of Fairlawn, Jarret Himes of Wooster; great-grandchildren, Owen Bailey, Myles Bailey, Reinette Griffin; step-great-grandchildren, Mya Novelli, Maria Novelli, Julien Novelli and Marco Novelli; a sister, Darlene Kehl of Columbus and a brother, Carl Forshey of Green Cove Springs, FL.
In addition to her husband, Harold, she was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Michelle Novelli and siblings, Brady Dean Forshey, Ronald Forshey, Harold Forshey and Donna Dee Rossiter.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Rev. Richard Samide as celebrant.   Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Mary Catholic Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions
St. Mary Catholic Church, PO Box 109, Wooster, OH 44691

Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster


  1. Extremely saddened to hear of your loss. Holding you and your family in my prayers. Try to take some small comfort in knowing she is walking across heaven with her beloved husband, daughter and our Lord.

  2. Dear Michael and family,
    So sorry to hear about your mom. She was a friend and a lovely lady. She will be missed.

    Sincerely, Andy Delpropost

  3. May you find strength and comfort during this most difficult time from your faith, family and friends. I will always remember your mom for her beauty and the long standing friendship she had with my parents. You and your family are in my prayers.

  4. So sorry for your loss. Joan was a wonderful person. I worked with her at the Wooster Post Office for 15 yrs. There were 3 Joans’ then and to keep them all straight she will be forever “Joan Nau” in my heart.

  5. We are so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing!.
    So tragic and unexpected.

  6. Mom just called and told me the news.
    So incredibly sorry to hear. God bless her family and all of those she held dear. You are in our prayers.


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