Josephine Helen “Jo” Howard, age 87, of Wautoma, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, June 18, 2019 at the Homme Home in Wittenberg, WI.
She was born July 12, 1931 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Fiedorowicz) Gasior. She married C. Robert “Bob” Howard on May 25, 1957 at Hope Lutheran Church in Ladysmith and she is currently a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma.
Jo attended Polish kindergarten in Chicago. Later, she and her family moved to a farm in rural Sheldon, WI where she learned to speak English in first grade at a country school. Jo graduated from high school in Hannibal, WI and Taylor County Normal School in Medford.
She and her husband resided in Wittenberg for several years before moving to Hartford and later Wisconsin Dells where they lived for 29 years and she belonged to Bethany Lutheran Church. Later, they moved to Amery and then to Wautoma.
Jo’s mission in life has been to keep in touch with family and friends with birthday, anniversary and Christmas cards. She loved people and took a deep interest in them. She and her husband spent 17 winters in Apache Junction, AZ. She loved to play cards and board games with family and friends, and attended all of her husband’s concerts.
She is survived by her husband, C. Robert “Bob” Howard, Wautoma; two sons, Russell A. (Teresa) Howard, Elderon and Ralph R. Howard, Random Lake; three grandchildren, Natalie Howard, Morgan Lockhart and Katie Howard; three brothers, Mathew (Trula) Gasior, Thorp, Zigmund Gasior, Hawkins, and Robert Gasior, Sheldon. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friend
Services will be held Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma with Rev. Paul Michael Thomas officiating. Burial will be at Bruce Cemetery, Bruce, WI at a later date.
Visitation will be held on Sunday at the Church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established for Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma.
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