Pittsfield, MA: Jo Ann Losinger, 61, of Pittsfield died on Monday, September 2 due to injuries she sustained in an accident. She is survived by her sisters Sharon Thompson (Bruce) of Norman, OK; Susan Losinger-Odegard (Philip) of Putney, VT; and her brother-in-law, Robert Englert (W. Michael Losinger) of Albany, NY; two nephews, a great-niece and a great-nephew, several cousins, a wide and diverse community of friends and her beloved cat LeStat. She was predeceased by her parents, the late Anna "Pat" and Robert L. Losinger of Elmira, NY, and her brother, W. Michael Losinger of Albany.
Jo Ann was educated in the public schools of Muscatine, IA and Elmira, NY, was a graduate of Southside High School in Elmira and earned a degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Jo Ann had a career as an arts marketing and communications specialist. Before moving to the Berkshires, Joann worked for the Arnot Art Museum and Clemens Performing Arts Center, both located in Elmira, NY.
Since moving to the Berkshires, she worked for the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Berkshire Museum and the Berkshire Music School. She also worked on various projects for a number of arts institutions including Close Encounters with Music. Her volunteer and community work included serving on the boards of HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Berkshire Visitors Bureau and the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce. Jo Ann was known for her lively creativity and word play, sharp wit, sauciness and never-ending optimism. She will be dearly missed.
FUNERAL NOTICE: A brief memorial service and reception in Jo Ann's honor will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Ventfort Hall in Lenox. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Berkshire Athenaeum, Berkshire Music School or Chesterwood (specificially the sculpture exhibits) in care of the DERY FUNERAL HOME 54 Bradford St. Pittsfield, MA 01201 which is in charge of arrangements.