Jo was born in Defiance on May 29, 1932, the daughter of William and Sarah (Roehrig) Steingass. On April 4, 1954 she married Jack M. Ruffer, and he preceded her in death in 2006. She was a member of the Stryker United Methodist Church. Jo enjoyed music and especially playing the organ. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving are four children, Sandra Bostater of Bryan, Terry (Marsha) Ruffer, Ned (Connie) Ruffer and Ben (Dawn) Ruffer, all of Stryker. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Jordan (Tracy) Ruffer, Kamilla (Justin) Houk, Brady Ruffer, Shannon Kimpel, Brittany (Justin) Mason, Justin (Shaley) Ruffer, Colin Ruffer, Parker Ruffer and Lauren and Brooke Ruffer; great-grandchildren, McKenzie and Miley Mason, Jaxon and Emery Jones, Jaelyn and Brayton Houk and Sylar and Saegan Ruffer. Additional survivors are brothers-in-law, Bill Dunno of Defiance, Bill Stuckey of Bryan, and Jim Ruffer of Stryker; sisters-in-law, Marion Steingass of Defiance, Joyce Smith of Bryan and Myrtle Ruffer of Stryker; step-grandchildren, Ben, Eric, and Tyler Woolace; and seven step-great-grandchildren. Jo was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter, Melissa Jean, sisters, Virginia Steingass, Irene Zacharich and Ivaloo Dunno, and brother, Dale Steingass.
The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the church. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.grisierfh.com.