JOANNA K.  PUSTI
  • Hospice Services of Southwest General
    18697 Bagley Road
    Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

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I was just reading my B-W news before throwing it out. Jo's name popped out at me and in disbelief I felt a wave of emotion.

I taught at Strongsville with Jo several years back before I had children. She was a kind and loving woman, courageous and opinionated, gentle and wise. I always enjoyed our talks.

When I was expecting my first child, I planned on taking the less traveled path of staying home. I can remember vividly talking

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Posted by: Amy Anhold - North Ridgeville, OH - former colleague   Aug 17, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Joanna's passing. We attended graduate classes for School Admin. together at BW. I will always remember her infectious laugh. She had such a wonderful sense of humor. She was also a favorite teacher of my children at SHS. Being a Strongsville parent, I also got to 'visit' with Jo on Parent/teacher conference days. Even when my kids no longer were in her class, I always made a point to say hello and talk

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Posted by: Deb Roberts - Bradenton, FL - Former BW Grad student    Jan 12, 2013

Mrs.Pusti was an amazing teacher and she will never be forgotten! She made art fun and I always looked forward to her class. My deepest condolences and may she rest in peace


Posted by: Andreia Gabriell - Strongsville, OH - Student   Jan 11, 2013

Mrs. Pusti helped make art classes the highlight of my high school schedule. Her insight and encouragement heavily influenced my decision to turn my passion into a professional career. I wish she could know how much of an influence she had on me, and just how much I appreciate her help in my artistic growth. My thoughts and condolences go out to her entire family.


Posted by: Rick Martin - Strongsville, OH - Former student   Jan 11, 2013

I would like to pass along my condolences for mrs. Pustis passing. She was my favorite art teacher in high school and always pushed me to work harder. I am really sad to hear of her passing.


Posted by: Kristin Hopkins Spring class of 02 - STRONGSVILLE, OH - Student   Jan 09, 2013

Mrs. Pusti's photography class was my favorite throughout all 4 years of high school. Her dry but gentle sense of humor always kept my interest, and I still use the techniques and knowledge she gave me. I'll never forget how proud I was that she chose some of my photos to enter in a Scholastic art exhibit, and the subsequent field trip to see our work on display was a lot of fun. I am truly appreciative for having had

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Posted by: Keith Fisher - Strongsville, OH - Former Student   Jan 05, 2013

I still have a hard time calling her Jo even 33 years after high school; she will always be Mrs. Pusti to me. Like so many other students she inspired me to be the best that I could be. She will be missed by many; but will live on in all those she touched. I will keep Jo and her family in my paryers.


Posted by: Pat Verbsky Prinkey - Brook Parkk, OH - student and friend   Jan 04, 2013

Was hoping to share this wonderful memory I had of Jo at the funeral home today but just didn't think I could convey the feeling properly.

I had the pleasure of hooking up with Jo and to sharing a ride with her to Kent for a workshop we were both attending. Over the 4 different days we drove together she told me all about her family...in a proud, but not bragging way...and I couldn't help but think that she seemed like

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Posted by: Kim Martens Scott - Strongsville, OH - friend   Jan 04, 2013

Mrs. Pusti has always been - and will forever be - my favorite educator. She was creative, sharp, incredibly witty and could throw a pot on the wheel like no one's business. She could always catch the attention of the class and didn't take anyone's lip. I loved that about her - she could give it right back. She had a great sense of humor and saw the good in even some of her most rambunctious students.

I took two of

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Posted by: Megan Pfaff - Chicago, IL - Former Student from Strongsville   Jan 04, 2013

Mrs. Pusti has always been my favorite high school teacher. As more of a mathematics/science brain, she challenged me to reach outside my comfort zone and see how far I could go in her ceramics course.

"There are no rules for this!" she used to tell me. She could see me struggling to find the proper color-by-number instructions on how to put an item together and she would always push me to "find my own way."

What Mrs. Pusti didnt' know was

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Posted by: Ryan Pfaff - Strongsville, OH - Student   Jan 04, 2013