Joanne Valerie Fox Shover peacefully shed her container on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.
Joanne was born on May 4, 1931, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She grew up in Paxtang and graduated from Lebanon Valley College, where she once (she would later claim) shaved her entire body out of sheer boredom. In the summer of 1964, Joanne and her young family relocated to Michigan City, Indiana, where she would spend the remainder of her life, always relishing visits back to her hometown and beloved sea shore. Joanne — affectionately called “Jo” or “Shover” by many — spent almost 20 years as a teacher of English and Spanish at Elston High School. Her love of language stayed with her to her final days (reader, she would likely take an enthusiastic red felt-tip pen to this very text). She was also a passionate advocate for civil and women’s rights, serving as president for her local chapter of NOW.