Piano Teacher Johanne ‘Jo' Cox Dies

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Johanne F. 'Jo' Cox Piano Instructor

Johanne F. "Jo" Cox, 80, a private piano instructor from 1966 to 1996, died March 26 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She had pancreatic cancer.

Johanne Flatt was born in Chicago and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. As a teenager, she was a radio actress in Canada. In 1971, after living in Texas and New Jersey, she moved to McLean.

She was a volunteer with the Hospitality and Information Service, which assists diplomats and their families while living in Washington. She also was a watercolor painter.

Her marriage to David Stirton ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, John B. Cox of McLean; six children from her first marriage, Kirk Stirton of New Orleans, Lindy Stirton of McLean, Heather S. Gradison of Washington, Betsy S. Nugent of Manassas, Laura S. Aust of Pelham, N.Y., and Scot Stirton of Tulsa; two stepchildren, Linda C. Andrews of Decatur, Ala., and Joe Cox of Atlanta; a brother; a sister; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

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