On Thursday, November 11, 2010, Monica Joann Thiel, 78, of Medford , Ore., died peacefully at home. With her husband and daughter at her side, she took her Saviors hand and joined her loved ones in Heaven. Jo was born in Arnett, Okla., on August 8, 1932, to Roy and Emma Leisher, she was the oldest of three daughters. Her family moved to Oregon when Jo was a child, and eventually located in Medford where Jo attended Medford High School, graduating in 1950.

On April 25, 1951, Jo married her husband, Gil Thiel, who remained the love of her life for nearly 60 years. Jo and Gil began their married life in Medford, but in the early years of their marriage the couple traveled as they followed Gil's Air Force service, returning to Medford in 1952. Jo then had their two daughters, Michelle in 1953, and Darcy in 1955. As they followed her husbands early career with the FAA, they relocated to Sacramento, Calif., and Reno, Nev., eventually returning and settling in Medford.

Jo later became a grandmother to six granddaughters, and even later to nine great-grandchildren. Jo had a tremendous love for children, animals of every kind, gardening and making friends. She was very easy to love and made friends wherever she went. Jo was devoted to living her best life and was an inspiration to many as she overcame the difficult seasons of her life with grace and dignity.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Darcy K. Shea; and her sister, Nola Lahon. Jo will be loved and missed by her husband, Gil; daughter, Michelle and her husband, Michael Neuenschwander, all of Medford, Ore.; her son-in-law, Greg Shea, of Fairview, Ore.; her sister, Carol Oehmigen, of Sacramento, Calif.; her grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and the many friends both old and new, that are too numerous to count.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 4, 2010, at 11:00 a.m., at the Table Rock Fellowship, 3610 N. Pacific Hwy., with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Providence Hospice, 2033 Commerce Drive, Medford, OR 97504.