M. Josephine “Jo” Gilbert


M. Josephine “Jo” Gilbert, 88, a longtime resident of Cleveland, passed away Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, in Cleveland.

She was a member of Heritage Fellowship Church of God and the co-owner and operator of the Village Bake Shop for over 50 years. She was well-known for her kindness, hard work, and witty spirit. She made a meaningful impact on our community through her work at the bakery and the many celebrations she made special with her beautifully decorated cakes.

She loved her God, family, work, and her constant companion, dog “Lucky.”
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 56 years, Arthur D. Gilbert; her parents, Jake and Clara Headrick; her sister, Joyce Coppock; and her brother, Arthur “Red” Headrick.

She is survived by her son, Michael “Steve” Gilbert and wife, Teresa Ann ,of Cleveland; her daughter, Teresa D. Gilbert of Cleveland; her four grandchildren and spouses: Jason and wife, Laura Gilbert of Reliance, Stephanie Oliver of Cleveland, Angel and husband, Jeremy Kerns of Nashville, and Justin Mooneyham of Cleveland; five great-grandchildren: Kourtney Sluder and husband, Trayce, of Cleveland, Jessica Hayman and husband, Casey, of Cleveland, Hannah Oliver and Chase Oliver of Cleveland, and Jacob Gilbert of Reliance; and two great-great- grandchildren: Taylor Hayman and Eloise Sluder.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at noon at Heritage Fellowship Church of God in McDonald, with the Rev. Steve Gilbert and Jason Gilbert officiating.

Interment will follow at Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with Chase Oliver, Jacob Gilbert, Jeremy Kerns, Justin Mooneyhan, Casey Hayman, Trayce Sluder, and Jason Gilbert serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the church.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Gilbert family guestbook at


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