JoAnn Tedford Newberg of Phoenix, Arizona died Sunday, June 19, 2022. She was born December 19, 1930, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Josephine Guinee Tedford and James Madison Tedford. After the family moved to Peoria, Illinois, in 1935, she attended local schools, graduating from the Academy of Our Lady high school and Bradley University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. At Bradley, she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and editor of the Bradley Scout student newspaper during her senior year.
She had been employed as an advertising copywriter at various firms in Peoria and as a features reporter for the Peoria Journal Star.
In 1956, she married John Theodore “Ted” Newberg. They were blessed with four daughters, Diane Newberg Drosendahl (Joe) and Julie Newberg Trembly (Jeff), both of Phoenix; Ellen Guinard (Gregg), of Westminster, Colorado; and Elizabeth Newberg Pavlakis, of Avon, Connecticut. They survive, along with ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. JoAnn was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, James Tedford; and a sister, Mary Jane Slavens.
She had been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, Paz de Cristo Soup Kitchen, Boys and Girls Club, and the Herberger Theater. She enjoyed movie nights and dinners with “the ladies,” and family times, especially those with grandchildren. Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com
Your mother was truly one of a kind. She will never be forgotten by any of us who knew her. Please accept our most sincere condolences in this trying time for your family. No loss is greater than the loss of a mother. We share your pain and are here for you.
Our deepest sympathy. May she be forever remembered in your hearts and live through her family and everyone she touched.
Karlie, George, Billy and Samantha Lytas
We are so sorry to hear of your families loss. May happy memories carry you through this difficult time! So many happy memories at your house on Rosemead Drive, and the trip to FL with your parents Liz. Hugs, prayers and thoughts to all of you!
I am very sorry to hear the sad news of your mother’s passing. I had the pleasure of talking with her just a few times but I will always remember how pleasant and interesting those conversations were. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Mieko and Ward
Your mother was a beautiful and gracious lady. Enjoyed seeing and talking with her on many occasions over the years. She sure raised some lovely women! Our deepest condolences.
Our sincerest condolences Elizabeth to you and all your family. We pray for you and hope that your Mothers beautiful memory comfort you during this difficult time. Our love to you
John, Maria, Theodore, Despina & Christopher xxx
I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember have good talks with her at Diane’s yearly Christmas parties. I’m praying for your family in this time of great sorrow.
Barbara and Jerry
We are sorry for your loss. We enjoyed catching up with your mother at the Christmas parties and during the candy cane lane walks. You are in our thoughts.
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I had the pleasure of working with Joann at Dynamic Graphics. I knew that she loved living in AZ when she left Peoria. She was a beautiful and caring lady. Know that you are all in my thoughts. May she be at peace now this your dad.
Denny and Sue Crowell
We remember your mom & dad. Your mom – the wonderful writer. Your dad – the great photographer. Above that they were both wonderful human beings.
Big Hugs to the family of Joann. She was a special lady with a wonderful sense of humor, who enjoyed life to the fullest. I feel blessed to have spent time with her in April when she was in rare form.