March 26, 1945 ~ September 22, 2022

Born in: Hammond, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Joann Mildred Hoover, 77, of Griffith, IN, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2022, in Carmel, IN, with her family at her side.  She was born in Hammond, IN, on March 26, 1945, to the late Frank and Grace (Elkins) Gretz.  Joann graduated from Hammond Tech High School in 1963.   She worked as an administrative assistant at NIPSCO for 32 years, retiring in 2003.   Joann was a member of United Methodist Church of Griffith, IN.

Joann was a very involved mother having three children who were involved in multiple sports and organizations.  She was a dedicated fan of numerous football, baseball, basketball, soccer and dance team events with her children and grandchildren.  She was always the parent in the stands at both home and away games despite the temperature and conditions.  Joann balanced work and her family for many years, but never sacrificed the opportunity to bring her children a milkshake or home video when they were sick. She and her husband Bill were travelers of the world visiting numerous countries and islands with their favorite friends and family.  She and “The Griswolds” created wonderful memories including camping trips, cruises and after-game gatherings.  She was a frequent visitor of the gambling boats on Lake Michigan and loved playing video poker.  She was an avid cat lover and loved having Dippity, Buffy and Charlie over the years.  She was a diehard White Sox Fan.  One of her favorite weekends of the year was our annual family reunion at Potato Creek Campground.

She is preceded in death by her parents, mentioned above; along with her brothers, Donald Gretz and Dale Gretz.

Joann is survived by her husband of 52 years, William Hoover; children Scott (Crystal), Ryan (Amy), and Shellie; dear family friends, Johnny Vargo and Sam Koetter; grandchildren, Alex, Jake and Zach Hoover, Macy, Tyler and Tatum Koetter, and Molly and Ben Hoover; and her best friend and older sister, Carol (Gretz) Smith, who currently resides in South Bend; along with multiple nieces, nephews and cousins, with whom she was fortunate to have as a part of her life.

There will be a celebration of life memorial on Thursday, September 29th from 11-2 (CST) at Theo’s Restaurant in Highland, Indiana (9144 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 46322), with gathering starting at 11:00. A light lunch buffet will be served.

Cremation Arrangements provided by Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services – Lawrence.

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. If not for you I never would have met the love of my life. Thank you my friend. Till we see each other again…love and miss you.

  3. A good friend, a good neighbor–so many good memories of Joann. Shellie, Ryan, Scott, Bill and all the beautiful grandchildren, spouses and significant others, we will hold so many memories close. God bless you all and know she will always be with you. Tim and I will hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. My wonderful memories from childhood and camping, include this beautiful human. She was always so kind. Heaven got another Angel.

  5. Always enjoyed my time chatting with Mrs. Hoover at Ryan and Amy’s when they came in town to watch the boys play. She will be missed. Prayers of comfort to the entire family.

  6. We spent many sporting events together and my son Jason and Ryan spent their childhood and so many times together growing up! She was a very nice lady our hearts go out to her family may she Rest In Peace .

  7. Fond memories of growing up on Lafayette Street with Joann as like a second mom to all of us neighborhood kids. Prayers being said and my thoughts are with you. May you feel comfort in the memories you hold near and dear to your heart during this very difficult time. ♥️

  8. For over forty years we shared many good memories, sports events, trips to the casino’s, and New Years Eve parties. We had lots and lots of laughs, some tears, and always lots of Love. Rest In Peace dear friend, till we meet again.

  9. Sending love and comfort to my family, while feeling the loss of Aunt Joann!! We will all miss her dearly! 😢❤️

  10. We are saddened to hear of your loss. She was a great friend and our memories of her bring back happy times. Our condolences go out to your entire family. May God’s grace help you during this trying time.
    Richard and Cindy Rentschler

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