Josephine “Jo” Rinaca

Jo Rinaca

Age 89, McGaheysville, Va.

Josephine “Jo” Rinaca, 89, of McGaheysville, passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Oak Lea, VMRC Harrisonburg VA. 

Born on November 13, 1931, in Huntington, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Milton and Louise Wilson Wells. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James V. Rinaca and her son, James M. Rinaca.

Most of her life was spent in Shenandoah Virginia, she and her husband moved to Massanutten Resort some 20 years ago. Her first formal work was with the Shenandoah Telephone Company as a switchboard operator, she also worked at several physician and dental offices in Shenandoah. She was a substitute teacher at both Shenandoah and Grove Hill Elementary schools, was a teller at Bank of America and worked several part-time jobs on both golf courses at Massanutten Resort. 

She is survived by her son, Jay Rinaca and wife, Natalie of Shenandoah; grandchildren, Wade (Natalee) Rinaca, Alison Rinaca Snoddy (Scott), Abby Rinaca Sowers (Jay) and Kelli Rinaca Jones (Jake); great-grandchildren, Adison Caton, Samuel and Carter Rinaca, Davis and Anna James Snoddy and Hannah Sowers; sister, Ann Jordan (Freddie) of Cayce, South Carolina, and her daughter-in-law, Diane Gray Rinaca of Richmond. 

Jo loved golf and enjoyed her last 20 plus years at her home in Massanutten where she found lifelong friends, especially with the ladies golfing group. She always loved to walk her dog in the community and enjoyed the friendship of her many friends and family. 

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, with Reverend Kam Stabler officiating.  Burial will follow at Elk Run Cemetery on Elkton.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to her church near her home, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, c/o Gary Breeden, 267 Historic Ln., Mineral, VA 22317; or the Shenandoah Library, 418 South 3rd Street, Shenandoah, VA 22849. 

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