Jo-Ann O'Brien Reust died Friday, December 25, 2020, at Cedarcrest Manor in Washington. She was 85.
Jo-Ann was born February 27, 1935, in Ferguson, Mo., to Leo Christopher and Veda Iola (Winner) O'Brien. She married Stephen J. Reust in 1956 at Sts. John and James Church in Ferguson.
After marriage, Jo Ann and Steve settled in Florissant, Mo., surrounded by relatives and good friends to begin their family. The family moved to Rose Lane in Washington in 1974, and Jo-Ann volunteered her time in many ways while raising her children. She was a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes, helping at school events including the annual parish festival. For many soccer seasons, she could be found running the concession stand at the park for the Washington Soccer Association. When her husband was mayor of Washington, they traveled to Germany in 1989 to represent the city in the Sister City program with Marbach am Neckar.
Jo-Ann owned and managed Z.A.C.'s Ice Cream Parlor in Washington and later worked at J.C. Penney before retiring.
She enjoyed bowling and bridge, listening to KMOX, and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Blues. She was an exceptional seamstress, and her children had many matching outfits. She made Christmas stockings for her children and grandchildren that are hung with care every year.
Above all, Jo-Ann was extremely intelligent, a beauty, and always classy in her clothes and manners. She was creative, poised, and hard-working.
Jo-Ann was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by two daughters, Dr. Carin Reust and husband Ron Ross of Columbia, Mo., and Stephanie Renner and husband Gregg of London; two sons, Frank Reust and wife Lisa Haddox of Washington, and Patrick Reust of Columbia, Mo.; and seven grandchildren, Willem Ross, Jessica Corredor and husband Christopher, Elena Renner and husband David Tudhope, Ethan and Audrey Renner, and Mary Beth and Willa Reust.
Arrangements are by Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home in Washington. No service will be held at this time, and a memorial will be held when it is safe for people to gather again. Donations in her name can be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Washington. Condolences and remembrance can be sent to the funeral home's website at miller.wolfefuneralhomes.net.
Jo-Ann will be buried beside her husband in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
The family sends their sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at Cedarcrest Manor for their care of Jo-Ann.
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