JoAnn Marie Melloh

August 13, 1946December 29, 2020

JoAnn Marie Melloh, age 74, passed away on December 29, 2020 with her husband holding her hand. Jo was born August 13, 1946 in Wheeling, West Virginia to the late Leo and Alice Oleska. She worked many years first as a dental assistant then as a nurse in geriatrics and home health. She loved ballroom dancing, shooting with her gun club and Grandson. She loved for everything to sparkle and shine. If you knew her then you know she never passed up the chance to tell a good joke, put on a ballgown, go to the casino and most of all the chance to help someone in need. She truly enjoyed helping others. A member of Nativity Catholic Church. At one time served with the Nativity ladies club and was President of La Sertoma service club. Most recently volunteered daily at the Hope Center. She was the brightest star in the sky and the sparkle in the room. She was devoted to her family as a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She approached life with style and class. She made an impact on any person blessed enough to have met her.

Survivors include husband Art Melloh; children, Tina (Chuck) Stephens, Amy (John) Kitley, Tara Spencer, Paul (Alician) Melloh, David Melloh; grandchildren, Brittany (Scott) Howe, Neil Rhoades, Ryan (Taylor) Rhoades, Bryson Adams, Elayna Melloh, Patrick Adams, Ainsley Spencer and Joely Adams; great grandchildren Harper Rhoades and Tatum Rhoades; dogs Louis and Emma.

Jo, Mom, Grandma, You are loved by so many people. You will be so deeply missed, you have a piece of each one of us with you. Until we are able to see you again. We love you.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11 am at Nativity Catholic Church. The service will be lived streamed at Social distance and face mask will be required. Burial will follow at Orchard Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers (or diamonds) please make donations to the Hope Center Indy, P.O. Box 29063, Indianapolis, IN 46229 or you can go to with notation in memory of Jo Melloh.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Melloh family.


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Danyel Bryant

January 6, 2021

While not Jo’s nurse, I was Art’s nurse on the unit next door off and on over the last month and I checked on Jo when I could. I felt the strong love Art has for Jo and Amy has for her parents. Your family will never be forgotten to me. The connections formed to certain patients and their families is what keeps me being a nurse in such a hard, hard time in the medical field. Amy, I wish I could have done more for you on this journey. I wish our conversations weren’t just phone calls and that the world wasn’t the way it is right now. To walk with someone through something so personal and devastating yet never having met them and unable to do much for them, that’s one of the things I hate most about this Covid time. I truly cannot even imagine being in your shoes. From what I know of both Art and Jo, they seem like very loving and selfless people who had a great love story. I am so happy Art could be there in her final moments and no matter how stubborn he could be sometimes, he is one of my favorite patients I’ve had. Art and Jo will stick with me and shape my Covid memories and my early nursing years. What a blessing it was to be with you both in different ways, if only under different circumstances.

Danyel Bryant

Helen Russell

January 5, 2021

Jo was a person that gave her all to family, friends, Charity, and in her Nursing career. I am honored to say we were best friends. We did a lot of fun things over the last 20 years. We loved shopping for bargains, meeting for breakfast or lunch, or just talking on the phone several times a week. I have so many memories that I will cherish. Love you girl. Rest In Peace my friend, my sister.

Ashley Barber

January 5, 2021

My deep condolences to Jo’s family. I’m a neighbor or Jo & Art. She was a wonderful neighbor & friend. We have lived on the street since 2009. In 2017, she made my son’s Halloween costume because I was huge pregnant with my daughter & couldn’t find one in his size (pic of him in the pumpkin costume she made for him). We loved getting to visit on Halloween. She always invited us in to chat & loaded the kids bags full of candy.
She also offered to throw me a baby shower when she found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I couldn’t have her do that, but it showed how caring she was & that she LOVED to throw a party.
We spent 4th of July together watching fireworks on the lane. We chatted about nursing stuff (she liked to do that bc I’m an RN as well). She was there with us when my son caught his first fish on the pond this summer. She always stopped to wave & chat with us while we were walking on the lane & she was driving by. She would always say “they are just precious!” referring to my kids. She always stopped by to drop little presents to my kids at Christmas. It was such a lovely gesture. I’ll always think of her when we read the book she got my son one year (it’s one of our favorites).
She also loved to talk about her grandkids & how proud she was of them. I remember her telling me all about her trip to Germany. She was going to go with or without Art. Ha! She wanted to see her grandson.

I had just visited with her in November. She bought trash bags from my son for The Nativity school fundraiser.

She will be sorely missed. We really enjoyed the times we had with her.
My thoughts are with you & your family. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.

Sarah Murphy

January 5, 2021

Jo will be missed. I recall so many memories of Jo while working at EDS. I remember our sewing effort Jo organized for tablecloths for our workshops. I remember our training presentations and the big tooth. I remember Jo working on the greenbar reports in SUR looking for dental fraud. We had fun girl for sure. My prayers to Art and the kids and everyone.

Erin Colby

January 5, 2021

I worked with Jo at EDS. We took our breaks together. She never failed to make me laugh. She will be missed. Heartfelt condolences to her family.

Faye Fazio

January 4, 2021

Patty and I met Jo Ann when we were in the 9th grade and became best friends. We kept in touch off and on for all of the years since. Over the past 6 years we have been best friends again. We found Patty about 2 years ago and were 3 again.
My heart is broken and will never heal.

Sabriah Bond

January 3, 2021

Jo was like a Grandma to me, she would pick me up or drop me off when I didn’t have a ride or go for late gas station runs with Joely. I loved going across the street to see her! She would always seem so happy to see me which made me feel so happy inside. I loved to see her buy a pizza from the ordinary for the 4th time in the week, but once she saw that papa John’s had stuff crust then she started eating that lol. We would go run errands and go to thrift stores, and sometimes just go for car rides. I love her so much and thank her for being there when it was much needed. She was beyond an amazing Grandma!

Jackie Miller

January 3, 2021

Jo was one of the sweetest people I know.
When I would come into Doc Melloh office she would always greet me with a smile and a how are you today.
She will always be remembered fondly.
Sorry for your loss!!!

Jackie Miller

Karen Wilson

January 3, 2021

Jo loved to have parties, decorate, cook, entertain. She always had a smile for everyone. Will miss her smile and laugh. She probably is giving Chuck some advice by now.

Amy Kitley

January 3, 2021

I can truly say my Mom was one of a kind. There was no one else like her. It’s been nice to hear of so many memories of her. Not many people shared all of her loves, shopping, ball gowns, decorating, dancing AND shooting. One of her biggest loves was being a Grandma, man she did that better than anyone. The grandkids are so blessed that way. I loved doing her hair and getting her all dressed up for an event. She was always tucked, lifted, nothing left undone, sparkled and shined. All though there was no question, she would always turn around and ask if she looked all right? There was no question, the answer was always you look perfect, you are beautiful Mom. Her blue eyes sparkled when she would look up at me. She looked up at most, all 5’4” of her. But she didn’t let that stop her from anything. She was tough! You wanted her on your side :). But also compassionate, her heart would ache for someone hurting. She wanted to fix things. Make it all better. She would want to fix our grieving. She didn’t want to leave us. Her earthly body just couldn’t keep her here. She is in a place so much better. She has no more pain. She will be so greatly missed. What I’m going to miss the most was our daily conversations about everything and nothing and her weird text that always made me laugh.