Jo Anne Zollman Tate

Published 5:37 pm Wednesday, July 7, 2021

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Jo Anne Zollman Tate, 84, of North Abington Township, PA, and Kill Devil Hills, NC passed away Friday, January 22, 2021 with her loved ones at her side. Jo was born on January 31, 1936 in Lexington, VA to the late William M. and Nina H. Zollman.  She is preceded in death by her sister, Juanita McGrady, brother William Zollman Jr., and sister-in-law, Jean Zollman.

After graduating high school, Jo attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, VA. Through the years, she lived and worked in Columbus, OH, Charlottesville, VA, and Reston, VA before moving to Kill Devil Hills, NC, where she worked in real estate. She spent the last many years enjoying life in North Abington Township, PA.

Of all the things that could be said of Jo, the word grace comes to mind. Jo was simply a gracious soul. She was a loving and devoted partner, mother, sister, and friend, and a proud grandmother and great-grandmother. Her quiet demeanor belied her strength, her humor, and her deep joy in the everyday pleasures and adventures of life. She was an avid baseball fan, and loved everything from spending the afternoon at a local town festival to birdwatching to reveling in a good story with a friend. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends, and in every community she graced.

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Jo is survived by her long-time companion Franklin Mastro of North Abington Township, PA; son Phillip Tate Jr., and his wife, Amy, of Naples, FL; grandchildren Jeffrey Tate, Andrew Tate (Olivia), and Samantha Tate, and great-grandchildren Quinn Tate, Holden Tate, Shane Tate, and Logan Tate, all of Naples, FL; sisters, Mary Florence, of La Jolla, CA, and Doris Womeldorf, of Lexington, VA; and beloved extended family and friends.

A graveside service is planned for Monday, July 19, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery (formerly Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery) in Lexington, VA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jo’s memory to St. Joseph’s Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD, 57326; or the World Wildlife Fund; or your local ASPCA.