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Jo Ann Zautzik

Jo Ann Chismire Zautzik   “former Coudersport and Port Allegany area resident”

ROME, Italy---Jo Ann Chismire Zautzik, 72, of Rome, Italy, formerly of Coudersport, Pa. and Port Allegany, Pa., passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019, in Capena, Italy, after a long illness.

Born on January 9, 1947 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Carl Clifford and Lillie Pearl Sparks Chismire.  On June 6, 1979 in Rome, she married Emerico A. Zautzik, who survives.  On December 1, 1985, her son Giuliano Zautzik, was born.

Jo Ann spent her early childhood in Coudersport. Her family then moved to Port Allegany, where she graduated from Port Allegany High School in 1964.  She also graduated from the former Olean Business Institute in 1965.  Jo Ann then moved to California for a year, returning to live in Rochester, N.Y., where she held various secretarial positions.  During this time she resumed her studies and in 1972 obtained an Associate’s Degree from Monroe Community College. 

She was hired by the University of Rochester, where she worked in the International Student Office and continued to study toward a Bachelor’s Degree.  In her position, Jo Ann met her future husband, a U of R student from Italy.  They became engaged in 1977.  In 1979 she obtained her degree, got married and settled with her husband in Rome, Italy.  She taught English in the Italian public school system and in other institutions, including the Italian Army School of Languages.  After obtaining a Master’s Degree from Framingham State College in 1998, she taught in Tor Vergata University of Rome.  She retired in 2012 and was able to devote herself to her favorite hobby, quilting.

Through the years, Jo Ann regularly came back to the hills of Pennsylvania to visit family and friends. She attended her 50th class reunion in Port Allegany in 2014.

As her health deteriorated, in 2016 Jo Ann retired to a nursing home in Capena, Italy, where she was regularly visited by family and friends until she passed away.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her son, Giuliano, of Milan, Italy; two sisters, Cindy Chismire-Kurjakovic of Olean, N.Y. and Susan (Max III) Greeley of Roulette; and several nieces and nephews.

Jo Ann was predeceased by her parents.

Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside burial service at 1 pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.  The Rev. James Campbell, pastor of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to charity of the donor’s choice.

Jo Ann’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jo Ann, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or their Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.


I'll always remember you JoAnn… Miss you every day… Your memory and your kind heart remain with me… I still remember we met in 1971 working together… You were kind from the beginning…
Love Peter
P Miraglia

Peter Miraglia Aug 10 2022 11:12 PM

I just discovered by an internet research that Mrs. Chismire has passed away 2 years ago. She was my English teacher in highschool in Rome, she was a very gentle and kind person, may she rest in peace.

Claudio Nov 19 2021 6:29 AM

Jo Ann was my friend in Rome for many years. We shared a special bond because we were both mothers of adopted children. I was always impressed by her bright spirits, sense of humour, and boundless energy. These qualities and others helped her to earn her master's degree and become a teacher at university level. I will always remember her beautiful works of quilting art, and many happy hours spent with Jo Ann and our mutual friends -- in Rome, Rimini, and Florence. I will think of you, Jo Ann, every time I walk about in Rome's beautiful old Trastevere neighborhood.

Sharon Oct 10 2019 12:00 AM

JoAnn was a breath of fresh air and it was a joy to have such a generous, kind, energetic and fun friend.
Now that she is free we can remember her again ,as she was, and be grateful that she was a part of our life in Rome.
JoAnn's long illness was a heavy burden for Rico and Giuliano to share and we thank you for taking care of JoAnn as well as you did.
Our sympathy to all family and friends for the loss of a very special person.
Danilo, Yvonne and Arthur Koenig

Yvonne Koenig Oct 7 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jo Ann Zautzik

Yvonne Koenig Oct 7 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Jo Ann
In our relationship, lasted about 40 years, there are been ups and downs, but with a constant: affection and mutual respect. The disease didn't respect you. Now youve got rid of it, you can rest in peace and be yourself again: beautiful, nice and willful. Thats how Ill like to remember you. A big hug

Ida Oct 6 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jo Ann Zautzik

Maurizio Marazzi Oct 6 2019 12:00 AM

Vorremo mandare un abbraccio a tutti coloro che hanno amato e che ameranno sempre zia Jo Ann. Soprattutto al mio prezioso cugino Giuliano, a cui voglio un bene immenso e a cui vorrei essere pi vicina, deve ora essere forte e coraggioso come sua mamma gli ha insegnato ad essere, ed al mio amato zio Rico, che in questi ultimi anni ha veramente dimostrato cosa vuol dire "in salute e in malattia, finch morte non ci separi". Sei un uomo da ammirare e da cui prendere esempio.

A te zia, voglio ricordarti bella e fiera come sei sempre stata; ovunque tu sia ora proteggi tutti i tuoi affetti.

Condoglianze e ancora un abbraccio dall'Italia.

Chiara, Ivan e Lorenzo

chiara zautzik Oct 6 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jo Ann Zautzik

Patricia Clark Oct 1 2019 12:00 AM