Jo Gormley

Obituary of Jo Ann Gormley

Jo Ann Gormley, 76, of LaFayette, passed in peace at home surrounded by her children on January 9th, 2022. She was born in Syracuse, NY to the late George and Dorothy Field in October 1945.

After graduating LaFayette High School, she went on to earn a degree from SUNY Brockport. Jo Ann worked as a school teacher for 42 years, predominantly in the Syracuse City School District. She met her late husband, John Gormley, while living in LaFayette. They married in November 1973 and went on to have six children. Jo Ann loved her community, and was proud to have grown up in Cardiff on the Field Fruit Farm.

She built a home with her husband, John, just a short distance up the hill from the apple orchards where she grew up. Every year she looked forward to the changing of the leaves in Cardiff Valley, and especially the apple season. Jo Ann was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She welcomed everyone into her home, and made a point to always make people she met feel loved. She enjoyed flowers, birds, and singing (especially Patsy Cline).

Jo Ann is survived by: children; John W. (Beth), Jr., of Colorado Springs, CO, James (Jacqueline) of Hampton Bays, NY, Michael (Mary) of LaFayette, NY, and Brian (Lina) of Manhasset, NY, Patricia Woodbury of Stuart, FL, and Elizabeth (Patrick) Seemann of Palm City, FL; brothers, Phillip (Mary) Field, Karl (Kathy) Field, and Michael (Robin) Field; and 10 grandchildren: Reese, Kiersten, Isabella, John III, Emilia, Harper, James, Charlotte, Theo, and Juliet. In addition to her parents, Jo Ann was predeceased by her loving husband of 42 years, John Gormley.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, January 24, from 4pm to 7pm, at Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home, 2584 Field Lane, LaFayette, NY 13084. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated the following day, Tuesday, January 25, at 11 am at St. Joseph’s Church, 6104 US-20, LaFayette, NY. There will be a procession for burial in Cardiff Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, consider memorial donations in Jo Ann’s name to: St. Joseph’s Church, LaFayette, NY at To have a memorial tree planted in an area of need in honor of Jo Ann, or to send flowers for services, please use the Send Flowers link to the left. To light a memorial candle or leave online condolences, please visit Jo Ann's Tribute Wall.

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4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, January 24, 2022
Ballweg & Lunsford Funeral Home - LaFayette
2584 Field Lane
LaFayette, New York, United States

Funeral Ceremony

11:00 am
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Church of the Nativity at St. Joseph's
6104 US-20
LaFayette, New York, United States

Graveside or Interment Services

Cardiff Cemetery
NYS Route 11A
LaFayette, New York, United States
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