JoAnne Ruth Roukos Remler, 87, passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family on
Thursday, May 11, 2023. Born in Columbia, SC, on November 25, 1935, she was the only child of
Robert Joseph Roukos and Ruth Arledge Roukos. With her husband, Bruce John Remler, to
whom she was married for 66 years, JoAnne raised five children: Robert Bruce Remler, Kelley
Anne Remler White (David), Laurie Ruth Remler Ulmer (Sandy), Brett Anthony Remler (Melissa)
and Stephen Christopher Remler (Nancy).
A 1953 graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy, JoAnne attended Armstrong Junior College until her
Though she emphasized her work as a homemaker, JoAnne was employed at various jobs,
starting at thirteen years old, when she drove a delivery truck for her father’s company, Roukos
Dry Cleaners. Prior to her marriage, she worked in the finance department at Armstrong Junior
College; then in the 1990’s she worked for St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Community involvement enabled JoAnne to blend her Catholic faith with her interest in her
children’s education. She served as president of the St. James Catholic School PTA and the
Benedictine Military School PTA. She sang for the St. James Catholic Church choir and later
participated in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church Ladies Club on Tybee Island.
Although she enjoyed her professional, educational and church activities, JoAnne was happiest
with her family. Throughout her life, she embraced her relationships with her Camden, S.C.
cousins, who were as close to her as siblings. Even more important was her role as a wife and
mother. For more than six decades, she supported her husband’s businesses while taking great
joy in raising her children. Though she lived at many addresses in Savannah, she ultimately
called Tybee Island home.
JoAnne enjoyed travel, boat rides, beach picnics and good books. She was talented at arranging
flowers, collecting seashells, and doing crafts. Known for her spirited personality, her oversized
bifocals and enthusiasm for holidays, JoAnne traditionally planned Easter festivities for her
grandchildren, who played backyard games and hunted eggs in fancy hats and oversized plastic
eyeglasses, much like her own. In fact, a friend once said she always knew when JoAnne’s
children were home because she could hear all the laughter, JoAnne’s above the rest.
JoAnne is predeceased by her parents and survived by her husband, her children, her many
grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A 5:00 visitation, followed by a 6:00 rosary, will take
place Monday, May 15, 2023 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on Tybee Island. A funeral Mass
will be held 11:00 Tuesday morning, May 16, 2023, also at St. Michael’s Catholic Church on
Tybee. In lieu of flowers, friends may send donations to St. Michael’s Catholic Church or St.
Vincent’s Academy, Savannah, GA.