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Jo Ellen (Petry) Pike

June 28, 1942 ~ October 22, 2020 (age 78)


Jo Ellen Pike,


On October 22, 2020, Jo Ellen Elizabeth (Petry) Pike, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away peacefully at the age of 78. Jo Ellen was born in Canton, Ohio June 28, 1942 to Leonard and Doris (Tillitski) Petry. She graduated from Central Catholic High School and attended Bowling Green State University where she met the love of her life, Richard, whom she married on May 5, 1962. Together the raised three wonderful children, Thomas, Joseph and Mary Jo. Jo Ellen was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, an active member of the North Canton Community and a leader and participant of many Hoover Committees. Those who know Jo Ellen well know the pride she had from 25 years of service with the Hoover Company, where she retired in 2003 after serving as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Manufacturing. She enjoyed any event that brought her family and friends together, always make sure that there was plenty to eat, including favorite treats of those in attendance. Jo Ellen could often be found gardening, crafting, cooking, playing cards, and watching her buckeye’s. Jo Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, father and mother-in-law Walter and Shirley Pike, brother-in-law Vasile “Charlie” Barsan. She is survived by her husband Richard, sons Thomas Pike (Canton, Ohio) and Joseph (Sally) Pike of (Sanford, North Carolina) daughter, Mary Jo (Mark) Hetrick (Ankeny, Iowa), six grandchildren Megan, Lauren, Kelsey, Joshua and Samantha and Tommy, and five great grandchildren with another due in January. Also surviving are her two brothers Thomas (Barbara) Petry and Timothy (Victoria) Petry both of Canton, Ohio and sister-in-law Mabel Barsan of Avon Lake, Ohio, as well as many nieces and nephews and cousins. Family and friends will be received on Sunday October 25 from 3-5 pm at the Wackerly Funeral Home 1375 Market Ave North, Canton, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday October 26 at 10:00 am at Christ the Servant Catholic Parish in Our Lady of Peace Church 833 39th St NW, Canton, Ohio. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jo Ellen’s name to the American Heart Association 1575 Corporate Woods Parkway, Suite 150, Uniontown, Ohio 44685 or donate on line at  For those unable to attend services you may register on line at our: “On Line Registry Page” at


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October 25, 2020

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wackerly Funeral Home
1375 Market Ave North
Canton, OH 44714

Mass of Christian Burial
October 26, 2020

10:00 AM
Christ the Servant Catholic Parish
833 39th St N.W.
Canton, OH 44709

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