Joan R. Cope

LISBON – Joan R. “Joanie” Cope, 78, of West Washington Street, died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday at the Vista Center following a lengthy 15-month illness.

Mrs. Cope was born Sept. 1, 1935 in Lisbon, a daughter of the late Raymond Ford Reese and Alice A. (Fox) Reese, and had lived in the Lisbon area all of her life.

She had worked as a plant potter at Campanelli’s greenhouse, also as a substitute cook at Lisbon Schools, had sold Christmas Trees in Lisbon for nearly 40 years, and had been the first bulk truck driver for the Morning Journal.

She was a member of the Lisbon First United Methodist Church.

Her husband, Eli D. “Pete” Cope, whom she married Dec. 28, 1956, preceded her in death July 10, 2011.

She is survived by a daughter, Dianna (Steve) Garofalo of Leetonia; son, Richard (Anita) Cope of Salineville; sister, Betty Houlette of Lisbon; brother, David W. Reese of Iuka, Ill.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lisbon First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Pamela Gable officiating. Burial will follow at the Lisbon Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Eells-Leggett-Stauffer Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lisbon First United Methodist Church, 114 East Washington Street, Lisbon, Ohio 44432.

Friends may also view Joanie’s memorial webpage and send condolences online at