JoAnn Rogers Fromhart, 91, of Dunmore, peacefully passed away Friday, January 12, 2024, in Charleston, surrounded by her family.
Born July 27, 1932, in Gladesville, she was a daughter of the late Archie Pascal Rogers and Georgia Jo Newcome.
JoAnn, or Mrs. Fromhart as most knew her, received her teaching degree from Fairmont State College. On May 6, 1955, she married her husband, Fred, in Newburg. In 1958, they moved to Pocahontas County where they raised their children, and Fred served as superintendent of Seneca State Forest. She was always quick to ask people if they knew what Irish twins were since Matthew and Louise both came in 1960. For several years, she did not teach and stayed home to raise the children. She resumed teaching when her youngest (Louise) was in kindergarten.
Mrs. Fromhart’s career included teaching reading, writing and English. She could describe linking verbs and diagram sentences quicker than anyone. She taught many students throughout her decades in education. It was a common experience to be out in the community with her, or even in a neighboring county, and former pupils would stop to talk to her.
When Fred retired from Seneca in 1988, they bought their 50-acre farm in Dunmore and moved to an A-frame on the hill. They spent time farming and gardening, with many wonderful memories shared with family and friends.
She was an active and faithful member of the Dunmore United Methodist Church and was always involved in the community. She enjoyed knitting, bible study and spending time at the Green Bank Senior Center with friends. She was the family historian and kept a daily journal. She could refer back to a date in years past and tell you what happened that day, often noting historical events in our lives. She was one of kind, a collector of anything she found, and will always be part of our lives as well as those of her friends and neighbors throughout the county and extended areas.
The family would like to say a special thank you to her friends Linda, Veronica, Retta and the Chestnuts for always helping when she needed assistance, carpooling to appointments and being faithful companions.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Fred Fromhart; son-in-law, David Lynch; and a brother, Lee Rogers.
She is survived by three children; Lewis Fromhart (Debbie), of The Villages, Florida; Matthew Fromhart (Darlene), of Hollywood, Maryland; and Louise Morgan (Keith), of Charleston; three grandchildren, Amber Bell (Ryan), of Chapmanville, Caroline Oziemblowsky (Dan), of Morgantown, and Haley Fromhart, of Edgewater, Maryland; four great-grandchildren, David and Katherine Bell and Sydney and Rachel Hall; and three great-grand dogs, Glock, Baja and Olive.
As per her wishes, the body will be cremated and there will be no funeral service.
There will be a memorial service Saturday, April 6, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Dunmore United Methodist Church, the Humane Society of Pocahontas County, or the Green Bank Senior Center.
Online condolences may be shared at WallaceandWallaceFH.com