Joann Fiumaro Wimbish

joann wimbish

July 4, 1943 ~ February 5, 2021

Born in: Darien, Connecticut
Resided in: Bryan, Texas

Joann Fiumaro Wimbish passed away February 5, 2021 in Bryan Texas. A Celebration of Life will begin at 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 9, 2021 in the front yard of the Wimbish family home in Bryan. As a precautionary measure face mask or face covering is required to attend the service.

Joann Wimbish was born July 4, 1943 in Darien, CT. Her earlier years living through the cold winters of CT, led her to Indiana State University for college and on to California for warmer weather. It was there she met her soulmate of 51 years, Robert (Bob) Wimbish.

Joann and Bob moved to the Bryan/College Station area so Bob could attend graduate school. Joann’s love for children led her to serve as a beloved elementary teacher at several local schools including Bonham, Johnson, Sul Ross, and Crockett. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church of Bryan, the Wesley Sunday School Class, Brazos County Aggie Mother’s Club, Texas Retired Teachers Assn, and served faithfully with Meals on Wheels.

Joann is survived by her husband, Bob Wimbish of Bryan; daughter Pattye Wimbish Knight of Dallas; two grandchildren, Duke Knight and Olivia Knight of Dallas; and sister Adelina Wallace of Bryan; sister-in-law, Peggy Loftis of Waxahachie.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Bryan, Meals on Wheels, and Brazos Valley Breast Cancer Support


Celebration of Life Tribute: February 9, 2021 2:00 pm

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  1. I met Joann in my early days of teaching in the ’70’s at Bonham Elementary. She was so spunky and fun to be around. When she moved into the Gifted and Talented Program she served several of my students who just adored her. Joann will be greatly missed by all of her friends in our retired teachers group, BCRSP. We all loved her very much.

  2. Joann taught all of us by her example of unconditional love, service, and commitment to all ages of all God’s children. She will be missed, but she will continue to inspire all of us.

  3. So sorry for your loss. JoAnn was a very special person, and a wonderful teacher! She will be missed by everyone who knew her. You and your family will be in my prayers! May the Lord bless you and keep you safe.

  4. This is such a sad loss not only for Bob and the rest of their family, but for the community as a whole where she touched lives in so many ways. Mary and I admired her greatly for her commitment to the Methodist church and to the needs of those most needy. She taught all three of our sons in a most patient (but firm when needed) way at Crockett and I’m sure scores of others around town could say the same. The memories she left will help sustain her family and her friends in this time of mourning and celebration of her life. We will miss her and recall her in our hearts.
    Ed Walraven, the other 410 Brookside

  5. We met Joann and Bob at FUMC in the Wesley Class. She was a strong and caring woman. She will be missed by those she helped. Bob, Pattye and all her love ones are in our prayers.

  6. Joann was a wonderful teacher. I was very fortunate to have taught with her at Crockett Elementary. She was so creative and the students loved her. She was also a great neighbor and always involved in neighborhood activities. She will be missed by so many people. I will be praying for all of her family.

  7. Bob,

    I grieve for your loss. Suddenly, on January 25, 2021 I found myself without my North Star, my compass, my rudder and any sense of direction. Suddenly, after fifty-five years my life’s partner had departed for her Savior’s Arms. I find myself, where you will likely be in about a week’s time. I hope that you are blessed with the support you will need to get through this. I will pray for you daily. When you would like friend in common and need a shoulder to reach out to, please call me.

  8. Bob and Pattye,
    Joann was so wonderful and incredibly thoughtful to our kids throughout all these years. She will be missed, but will always be an example of what we should shoot for.

    • Bob and Pattye,
      We are so sad to hear about Nana. She was always kind to our family and loved on our children like they were her own. We will always remember her kind heart, her love for her family, and her coming to Dallas to play Zero the Hero for Pattye’s Kindergartners. We love you! Meredith, Brian, Nathan and Betsy

  9. Mr. Wimbish, Pattye, Duke, & Olivia~
    Please know my family is praying for your family during this sad time. We pray Mrs. Wimbish will Rest In Peace.
    Walter $ Beverly Hoke
    Kelli Hoke Litterst, Frank , & Macey Litterst

  10. Sending prayers of comfort and peace to you all. Pattye, your mom was such a shining light! All our memories of her are wonderful and filled with fun times. Hugs and so much love sent your way today and in the days ahead.

  11. Joann and I were Holmes School classmates. Darien HS class of 61. She and I both avoided study hall our senior year made every effort to chat/ talk in the DHS library. Often only succeed in getting our seats moved. As “ grown ups” we followed our state university women’s basketball teams. Loved it when one of them beat Baylor. She will be sorely missed by her Darien friends. My best wishes to friends and family in her home community.

  12. So sorry to hear of the loss your Wife Joann. Our thoughts and prayer for you and your family today and the days ahead. May GOD’S Love and Comfort be with all in the family
    Keith & Lou McDaniel

  13. Bob, Pattye, Duke and Olivia,

    Our hearts go out to you in the lost of dear Joann, wife, mother and grandmother. Two of the first people that we met when we moved to the Brazos Valley in 1991 were Bob & Joann. In fact, our first week in Bryan together, we went out to dinner and commented that we both knew someone in the restaurant and went over to the same table…I had met Bob and Sandy had met Joann! A beautiful friendship of 30 years began that evening. Sandy taught with Joann for 16 years in the Bryan ISD and we both had the pleasure of knowing Bob and Joann through First UMC of Bryan and St. Joseph Health System as well as the many Brazos Bash events that they volunteered with…for so many years. Many fond memories as well of travels together with St. Joseph Foundation board friends and the Sisters of St. Francis. Bob and Joann helped raise the Dare boys with Joann teaching Michael at Crockett Elementary and Bob helping both Matthew and Michael with countless science and woodworking projects. Joann… WE LOVE YOU! May The Lord bless you and keep you; may The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; May The Lord lift up his countenance upon you…And give you peace. As Sister Gretchen always shared….Peace and every blessing!

  14. When my family moved to North Oakwood 40 years ago, Joann was the first in the neighborhood to welcome us with an in person visit and a cake. She later taught my girls as the gifted and talented coordinator at Crockett Elementary. I appreciated her welcoming spirit and her influence on my children’s education. She was such a good neighbor. She will be missed. My condolences to Bob and Pattye and the rest of her family. Paula Kuykendall

  15. Our hearts are sad by the loss of Jo Ann. She was a very special friend! I will miss her radiant smile and vibrant personality. I know that she will be missed by many people whose lives she touched. She truly was SPECIAL! May God give you peace and comfort as you recall the wonderful memories she had made over the years. Thank you for streaming the service.

  16. Prayers for the family, I had the pleasure of working with Joann at Crockett, and what an amazing person she was. She had a smile that was contagious and a heart of gold.

  17. I will remember Joann so fondly. Her smile and happy nature made her a truly special person. Seeing and working with her at church on different projects was always a highlight! She will be missed! My prayers of comfort for the entire family are being sent,

  18. I cannot ever remember working with a better person who was always there for “our students”. I could count on Joann everyday, and I am so grateful for her friendship! All I know is that heaven is a better place with Joann living there. God bless you, sweet sister

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