Jo Ann Near

Jo Ann Near, 75, of Heritage Village, Gerry, formerly of Cassadaga, died Wednesday (Jan. 23, 2013) at her residence, surrounded by her family.

She was born July 9, 1937, in Dunkirk, the daughter of George and Evelyn Hayes McQuiggan.

Jo Ann earned her associate degree from Jamestown Community College, and had been employed at Great Lakes Color Printing in Dunkirk, and as a home health care aide for Chautauqua Opportunities.

She loved and enjoyed her family, gardening and puzzles.

Jo Ann is survived by seven children: Cynthia (Daniel) Hornburg of Stockton, Richard (Melody) Near of Cassadaga, Larry (Sue) Near of Dunkirk, Sandra (Russell) Steward of Frewsburg, Lucinda (Jeff) Donald of South Carolina, Michael Near of Clarkshill, South Carolina, and Linda (Larry) Steward of Fredonia; 25 grandchildren: Amanda, Barbara, Larry, Eric, Robyn, Courtney, David, Miranda, Michael, and Richard Near III, Shawna Szukala, Shannon Guenther, Larry, Christopher, Justin and Russell Steward Jr., Melissa Alaimo, Sarah, and Daniel Hornburg II, Crystal Guishard, MaryAnn Ingrao, Jennifer Pruett, Kristina Kunkle, Lacey Donald, and Megan Clayton, 37 great-grandchildren: two brothers: George and John McQuiggan of Dunkirk; and a sister, Carol Bekeleski of Dunkirk.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by five brothers: Richard, Robert, Jerry, Joseph and Milton McQuiggan; and a sister, Janet Christopher.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg. Jo Ann’s grandson, Pastor Justin Steward, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Sheridan.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Mount Zion Assembly Mission Fund, 111 Prather Ave., Jamestown, NY 14701.