JoAnn M. (Heiser) Waidman

Born: 08/27/1954 Passed:

Our beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend went home to be with her heavenly Father on April 4, 2018 after a brief illness.  JoAnn was born August 27, 1954 to the late Clark and Eileen (Rohr) Heiser. Jo Ann was the perfect example of a devoted wife to her husband, Mark, of 42 years.  She was a stable force in the lives of her two sons Eric and Kevin and the proud, doting grandmother of her 4 precious grandchildren. JoAnn was formerly self-employed as a wall paper hanger. She also refurbished and sold furniture and was most recently employed part-time at Aultman Hospital where she would comfort many families and patients as she went about her housekeeping duties. JoAnn was a resident of Willowdale Lake for over 20 years. She loved the water and would kayak in the early morning hours, praying for her neighbors as she passed their houses. She shared the love of the lake with her family by taking them on pontoon rides and having bonfires.  She enjoyed swimming across the lake either alone or with her friends. She brought so much joy, happiness, and laughter to everyone she met.  She was an inspiration to every person who crossed her path. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Donna Sedlock, Beverly Eichler, and infant brother, Tommy Heiser. She is survived by her best friend and husband, Mark, her sons who she loved so much, Eric of Scio, and Kevin (Jenni) of Canton and her four grandchildren, Gauge, Brooklyn, Hailey, Kelsey who were the absolute love of her life, and sisters, Joyce Ramey of Canton, Barbara (Wayne) Roskos of Hartville, Rose Mason of Canton, and brother, Kenneth (Liz) Heiser of North Canton, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

On Monday, April 16, 2018, a celebration of life will be held at Faith Family Church in North Canton where she was a faithful member for many years. She volunteered as a greeter in order to welcome visitors and members to share in the worship of her God. The service will begin at 6:00 pm. Pastor Chris Jacobs officiating. Church is located at 8200 Freedom Ave. NW North Canton, 44720. Use Door “B” when entering. Desserts and beverages will be served following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation at 1 Perkins Square Akron, OH 44308. Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family at

Heritage Cremation Society




5 Tributes to JoAnn M. (Heiser) Waidman

  1. Susan Cocklin DeMarco says:

    I am heart broken. God Bless you. Love to you all. I have such wonderful memories of us on the farm. This is such a sad day for me. Please know I am praying for you all.

  2. Doug Dickerhoff says:

    Mark and Family: I was saddened to see JoAnn’s name in the Obituaries in todays’ paper.

    My sympathy and condolences! Thoughts and Prayers! It just seems like yesterday we were talking at your place on Lover’s Lane!

    Where does the time go!! Life is but a Vapor, but with Christ, eternal life prevails!

  3. Larry Lallo says:

    Mark, I am very surprised to hear of your loss of JoAnnn. We lived around the corner on Cherry Drive from you, at Willowdale Lake. I am sure you will recall.
    JoAnn was a very special woman, and an example adn testimony to so many.
    I remember so many good conversations with you and her, and your children. I think she even wallpapered a few rooms in our house.

    The last time I saw here, was at Faith Family Fellowship, around 2003-2005. It was a wonderful surprise to see her, and not only that, but to see her love for the Lord and her serving others at the Church.

    You, and your children and grandchildren are in my prayers. Much Love, in Christ, Larry Lallo

  4. Tiffany Rucktaschel says:

    To the Waidman family,

    I give you my most sincere condolences in the loss of JoAnn. She was an incredible woman who had a great gift. She had a gift of encouraging others and lifting them up. She spoke positively of everyone and every situation no matter what it might look like. She was truly special (but this is something that you were surely aware of).

    I have many fond memories of her while in the dental chair. She was most often full of laughter, stories of hope and excitement for life. I’ll never forget the time she laughed with water in her mouth and it went all over my face!

    Again, my deepest sympathies and thoughts are with you all.

    Her former hygienist,
    Tiffany Rucktaschel

  5. Theresa Lorenzo says:

    Mark and family, I feel truly blessed to have known Joanne. I have so many beautiful memories: our fun times catering in Canton, pontoon rides, women’s club, and the most cherished were all our talks at the garden. We laughed, cried, exchanged berries and vegetables,. and shared life’s moments. She was truly a special friend that will always have a place in my heart,

    You and your family are in my prayers, Theresa

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