Joseph E. Newman, age 87, of Wellston, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at the Holzer Medical Center in Jackson, Ohio. The son of the late William J. Newman and Elizabeth R. Bramer Newman, Joe was born in his parent’s home “at the Comet” on March 1, 1935. He attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School and graduated from Wellston High School with the class of 1954. Joe started working at the family business, Newman’s Grocery and Meats, on the weekends while in high school. Following graduation, he served in the United States Navy for four years during the Korean War. After his discharge from the military, Joe attended and graduated from the Toledo Meat Cutting School. He returned to the family business in 1962 and eventually took over the ownership in the 1970’s. Joe served Wellston and the surrounding communities at Newman’s Grocery for 68 years. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wellston, where he enjoyed singing in the choir, serving as an usher, and working bingo. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Wellston Lions Club.
Joe is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law: David and Jodie Newman of Lebanon and Stephen and Melinda Newman of Medina; grandchildren: Michael Newman (Kelsey), Tyler Newman, Zachary Newman, Andrew Newman and Alexandra Newman; siblings: Francis Newman, Rita Harned, Elizabeth Carr, Anna Marie Brown (Bill) and Helen Brooks; along with several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley A. Loudner Newman, in 2006.
Calling hours will be Sunday, April 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McWilliams Funeral Home in Wellston, where Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Thomas Herge officiating. Private burial will be at the convenience of the family in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Joe’s memory be given to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, 227 South New York Avenue, Wellston, Ohio 45692. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.mcwilliams-funeralhome.com