OTTUMWA — Jowan Columbia Freshwater, 83, of Evansville, Indiana, died January 10, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Evansville where she had resided since the spring of 2012.
She was born March 13, 1930, in Ottumwa, Iowa, being the long-awaited baby sister to four older brothers. She graduated from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Ottumwa in 1951 and had additional education to prepare her to be a nurse anesthetist. As a registered nurse, she spent nearly her entire career in surgery and retired from St. Mary’s Medical Center as Director of Surgical Services. She placed a great value on ensuring excellence in the provision of patient care and was highly respected by her employees and members of the medical staff with whom she worked.
In her retirement, Jowan found her greatest joys in taking care of family members and friends who needed her; in providing a loving home for her beloved pets; playing the piano, tending to her flowers, feeding the birds in her naturally landscaped backyard; and watching sports on television.
Jowan is survived by her son John G. “Gus” Freshwater and wife, Jan of Frisco, Texas; a granddaughter, Trisha Poole and husband, Eric of Texas; with great-granddaughter, Emily; and granddaughter, Jill Lange and husband, David; and daughter, Annette Freshwater and grandson, Ross Freshwater of Vallejo, Calif.
Other additional surviving members include nieces, Marilyn Orman of California, Pamela Gallagher and husband Victor of Austin, Texas, Patricia White and husband, Bob of Lincoln, Neb., Marybeth Karwath and husband, Henry of Davenport; nephews, Jim Celania of Charlotte, N.C., Charles R. Celania and Christine Craft of Scottsdale, Ariz., Daniel J. Celania and wife Marcia of Ottumwa, and by 22 great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Mary Ann Freshwater; brothers, Frederick J., Charles A., Joseph J. and Donald L. Celania; her parents, Frederick J. and Elizabeth B. Byrne Celania and by her nephew, Dr. Chris Celania.
Visitation in Ottumwa will be at Reece Funeral Home from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, followed by a Christian Wake service at 7 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary of the Visitation with Father Patrick Hilgendorf presiding. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Family members and friends who loved her wish to thank the staff of the Good Samaritan Home for the compassionate and respectful care provided to Jowan during her time as a resident. For fear of overlooking someone’s name, special appreciation is directed to all those who made an extra effort to ensure Jowan’s comfort and happiness. Your kindnesses did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanderburgh Humane Society, 400 Milner Industrial Drive, Evansville, Ind. 47710 or PAAWS, P.O. Box 115, Newburgh, Ind. 47629.