Joan Helen Tucker

Joan Helen Rausch Tucker, age 89, of Marysville, died Monday, October 23, 2017 at The Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital. A cosmetologist, she owned and operated her own beauty salon, “Joan’s Fashion Beauty Salon” for 39 years. Upon graduation from Nationwide Beauty Academy in 1962, she opened her first salon in her residence on Allen Center Road. She also operated through the years out of her homes on East Sixth Street and Brookside Court. She retired in October 2001. Since 1981, she also held a realtor’s license and was an associate of HER Realty. Following graduation from Rosedale High School in 1946, she worked a short time at O.M. Scott and Sons before starting her career as a beautician. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was baptized and confirmed her faith. She and her late husband, John, enjoyed western style square dancing of which he was a caller and instructor. They owned and operated The Alamo Square Dance Hall in Pharisburg for over 30 years. Upon retirement from square dancing, they established The Alamo Teen Center, where they were affectionately known as “Momma and Papa Rocker.” She and John were avid travelers. They visited Switzerland, Germany and took road trips throughout the western United States. Her family fulfilled her dream of visiting Hawaii in 2013. She loved oil painting and liked painting landscapes of family vacations and travels. Joan cherished spending the holidays with her family, talking about her life growing up on the farm and reminiscing about the “good ol’ days.” She loved playing Monopoly and Easy Money with her grandchildren and was a big fan of the OSU Buckeyes, especially the gymnastics team of which her grandson, Michael, was a member. She will be remembered for playing the piano with her grandchildren, watching Shirley Temple movies, offering special quotes and sayings and her love of chocolate covered cherries. Her favorite song was “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” Above all, she was fervent in her support of higher education of her children and grandchildren and was proud that college was a priority to them. She was born August 11, 1928 in Milford Center to the late William P. and Anna M. Jenny Rausch. She was also preceded in death in 2003 by her husband of 33 years John W. Tucker, Sr., whom she married July 19, 1969; a daughter, Vicki Lynn Claar; an infant grandson, Austin Thomas Claar; a sister, Luella Drumm; and her brother-in-law, Carl Drumm. She is survived by her daughter, Glenna Jo (Steve) Bell of Marysville; her son, Gary (Connie) Claar of Milford Center; four grandchildren, Tiffany Lynn (Chris) Sobas of Mesa, Arizona, Michael Steven (Kayla) Bell of Powell, Rachel Katherine Claar of Dublin and Audrey Marie Claar of Milford Center; two great-grandchildren, Elijah and Kaylee Sobas; two step-great-grandchildren, Carmyn and Cody Sobas; three step-great great grandchildren, Brilynn, Kyiah and Abrey; special nieces, Cathy (Tim) Morse and Cynthia Drumm; five step-children, Gypsy, Gwin, John Jr., Terry and Brian; and many other close relatives and friends. The family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Underwood Funeral Home where funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday. Pastor Barry Scott will officiate and interment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Joan’s memory to Trinity Lutheran Church or Memorial Hospital Mobile Meals. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.

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