JoAnn R. Pappa Smith, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, at Cape Fear Hospice in North Carolina.

She was born in Wheeling on May 4, 1933, a daughter of the late Angela and Vincent P. Purpura of Wheeling.

JoAnn’s joy in life included her family and music. She was a former member of the Wheeling Symphony Youth Orchestra.

JoAnn will fondly be remembered for her enduring love and care of her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister. Her gentle spirit, generosity, and caring nature touched all who knew her.

JoAnn worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years at Lee C. Paull & Associates and McDonnaugh-Caperton & Co.

She was a member of St. Michael Parish in Wheeling.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, William Pappa; her son, Mark V. Pappa; her grandson, Vinnie T. Pappa; her second husband, Norman Smith; her nephew, Dr. William J. Shivlin; and her brother-in-law, William F. Shivlin.

She is survived by three sisters, Geraldine “Geri” Shivlin of Leland, NC, Teresa “Terrie” Schmitt and her husband, Ed, of Wheeling, and Karen S. Morris of Wheeling; one granddaughter, Katie Pappa of Fort Thomas, KY; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Pappa of Wheeling; one niece, Patricia Shivlin of Wilmington, NC; two nephews, Edward Schmitt, Jr. (Michelle) of Berea, OH, and Dr. Bradley Schmitt (Karen) of Wheeling; two great-nephews, Isaac Schmitt and Mason Schmitt; and four greatnieces, Madelyn Schmitt and Emily Schmitt of Berea, OH, and Kendall and Tenley Schmitt of Wheeling.

Family and friends will be received on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, at noon for a memorial mass at St. Michael Catholic Church in Wheeling with Msgr. Joseph Peterson as celebrant.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church, 1225 National Rd., Wheeling, WV, 26003 or through

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