Josephine B. Vanmeter 1936-2018

WARREN — Josephine Belle Vanmeter, 81, of Warren, entered into eternal rest on Friday, March 16, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Josephine was born Dec. 27, 1936, in Mason, W.Va., the daughter of the late Lawrence Herman and Beatrice Belle Young Russell. She has lived in Warren since 1955, moving here from West Columbia, W.Va.

Josephine married John Robert Vanmeter Sr. on March 5, 1953. Josephine and John were blessed with 57 years of marriage before his passing on Feb. 11, 2011. Josephine worked 30 years as a harness assembler for Packard Electric. She was of the Protestant faith and enjoyed playing bingo.

Loving memories of Josephine will be carried on by her son, Rodney (Charlotte) Vanmeter Sr. of Point Pleasant, W.Va.; daughter-in-law, Joyce (Rob) Halstead of Warren; sisters, Carolyn Sue Roush of Coco Beach, Fla., Donna (Junior) Schwartz of Point Pleasant, W.Va., and Patricia (Dennis) Knapp of Lorain; brothers, Joseph (Karen) Russell of Wichita, Kan., Robert (Kathy) Russell of Lorain and Ronnie (Chris) Russell, also of Lorain; grandchildren, John (Jennifer) Vanmeter III of Warren, with whom she lived, Stephanie Vanmeter, Jamie Vanmeter and Jacob Kuritz; and six great-grandchildren.

Josephine was preceded in death by her husband; her son, John R. Vanmeter Jr.; daughters, Bobbie Jo Lloyd and Hope T. Vanmeter; brother, Eugene Russell; and grandson, Rodney Vanmeter Jr.

Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at James Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Josephine will be laid to rest next to her husband, John, at Oakwood Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444 , 330-872-5440.

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