Josephine Trotter

February 22, 1922July 17, 2011

Josephine Mary (Daley) Trotter, 89, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2011. Born Giuseppina Maria Carmela Turturici in Akron, Ohio on February 22, 1922. Preceded in death by husband of 55 years, Fred Trotter, parents Anna (Sunseri) Daley and Samuel T. Daley, brother, Albert Daley, and sisters; Rita Reif and Dorothy Mayes. She is survived by children Barbara, Thomas (beloved daughter-in-law Martha Kaltenbach), and Mary; grandchildren Joshua and Alexis Trotter and Clare Walker III; great-granddaughter Kenley; sister, Roberta Butler; and many nieces and nephews. A Navy veteran of WWII (having enlisted without telling her parents), she was stationed at Imperial Beach, California, where she met Fred. They were both radio operators. Jo was a charter member of North Coast WAVES and a charter and life member of both WAVES National and WIMSA (Women in Military Service for America), a life member of the American Legion, a life member of the VFW Auxiliary, a member of NCVA (Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association), and a charter member of the WWII Memorial. She was appointed by County Executive Tim Davis to the Summit County Veterans Committee. She was very proud to have been inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2006. Jo began teaching in Coventry Local Schools while still a student at the University of Akron. After receiving her BS Ed, she taught for 28 years in the Coventry schools, retiring in 1982. Jo was a life member of the Summit County Retired Teachers Association, the Ohio Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association. She was the founder and driving force of the monthly “Jo Trotter Teachers’ Breakfasts,” still going strong after more than 30 years. She was a loyal member of the St. Martha’s Elementary School class of 1935, having recently attended the 75th annual reunion. A clarinetist in the Viking Marching Band, she graduated from North High in 1939. Jo was for many years a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. She made friends easily. She’d get in an elevator with a stranger and by the fourth floor they were exchanging Christmas cards. During the past two years, she made many new wonderful and dear friends at The Village at St. Edward where she lived. The family will receive friends Friday July 22 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, at the Catavolos Funeral Home 3653 West Market St. Fairlawn. Christian funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Blessed Trinity Parish (formerly St. Martha’s) 300 East Tallmadge Ave. Akron. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North Coast WAVES, Unit 21, c/o Sharon L. Nicholson, Treasurer, 7574 Hidden Acres Dr., Medina, OH, 44256. Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date.


  • Visitation Friday, July 22, 2011
  • Visitation Friday, July 22, 2011
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 23, 2011

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Jan Miller

July 15, 2012

Although we didnt get to see Jo a lot, she always kept in touch with my mom (Marie Forrester Cox. It ment so much when Mom couldnt get out to get a letter from her. Thanks Trotters-you are loved and missed.

Jim Snowberger

September 15, 2011

TY for the education that you gave us Mrs. Trotter... R.I.P.

July 28, 2011

Mrs Trotter was one of my teachers I sad to hear she has passed she was a great person my prays go out to the family

Robin Roe

July 27, 2011

Dear Trotter family,

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Mrs. Trotter taught at Cottage Grove when I was in grade school (Coventry Class of '65) and she also was teaching when my children were in school (Joe, Class of '86 & Leona, Class of '89). She had a beautiful bubbly personality and terrific smile. Was a classy lady and a good role model. May God bless you and yours always and in all ways. Take care.
Love & prayers,

Shawn Allan

July 26, 2011

Getting to know Jo over the last few years was an honor and a joy. We here at The Village have been blessed to have your whole family here. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey. Your mom will be missed.

Bernadine Butler-Underwood

July 24, 2011

Jo was a very sweet and dear person. To her children, her grandchilden, to Roberta, and to everyone near and dear to her, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Patsy Biddinger

July 24, 2011

July 24,2011
The Village of St.Edward has lost a remarkable person. In the many activities that she participated in, Jo was an enthusiastic and compassionate friend. God bless her family and thank you for letting us spend time with her.

Gina Moore-Slavik

July 24, 2011

Mrs. Trotter was my teacher in Jr. High, I really liked her. R.I.P. I'm so sorry for your loss! Thank you for sharing the pictures!

Bonny Soreck

July 23, 2011

Tom, Marty, Barbara, Josh, Alexis and Mary
We have all lost a wonderful part of our lives. She was the glue for many of our reunions and will be sorely missed. I can see her now in her Navy uniform - what a sight!! Lovely !!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love,

July 22, 2011

We are saddened to hear of Jo's passing. Mom loved to hear from her. We have many fond memories of when ya'll came to Dill City. One special one was looking at the night sky and stars. I guess I thought everyone saw the same night sky as we did. Mom really always enjoyed Jo's letters. God Bless you at this time. The family of Marie and Chester Cox-Dill City (Jan Miller Marie's daughter)