Cover photo for Joan Elaine Schaeffer's Obituary
Joan Elaine Schaeffer Profile Photo
1940 Joan 2022

Joan Elaine Schaeffer

September 9, 1940 — March 9, 2022

SCHAEFFER, Joan Elaine, age 81, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at Bethany Village in Dayton, Ohio.

Joan was born in Reading, PA on September 9, 1940 to the late Franklin and Helen (Fox) Holtzman. She retired from Nationwide Insurance as a computer programmer. Joan also worked as a math tutor at Columbus State Community College. Joan graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Math in 1962 from Albright College in Reading, PA. She earned a master’s degree in Math Education from Johns Hopkins University. Joan loved people and visiting with friends, swimming and water aerobics, walking, volunteering, and was an excellent cook. She enjoyed singing in the choir at Worthington United Methodist Church where she was an active member and volunteer for over 40 years. Vacations at the Jersey shore were a tradition cherished by Joan and the entire family.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband Bruce; sister, Lois Rivard, grandson; Jeffrey Czapla; and son- in-law, John Holm. She is survived by daughters, Susan Holm and Karen (Rick) Czapla; grandchildren, David and Sarah Holm, and Sophie Czapla; and sister, Debra Shea. The family thanks Bethany Village for their loving care.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 10am at Christ United Methodist Church, 3440 Shroyer Rd, Kettering, OH 45429.

In memory of Joan, donations may be given to Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High St Worthington, OH 43085. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be made at

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Joan Elaine Schaeffer, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Christ United Methodist Church

3440 Shroyer Rd, Dayton, OH 45429

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 4

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree