Johanna “Jo” Catherine (Redmond) Deuker of Burton, Mich., 85, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI, 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Organ Fund, in Jo’s memory.
Jo will then travel to Monticello, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 210 East Third Street, Monticello, IA 52310; with Fr. Paul Baldwin celebrant. The family will receive visitors from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Goettsch Funeral Home, 514 West First Street, Monticello, IA 52310, and 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jo will be laid to rest with her family in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monticello.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, in Jo’s memory.
Jo was born in Scotch Grove on Oct. 17, 1933, daughter of the late Benjamin and Anna (Dietiker) Redmond. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School Class of 1952. Jo earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Findley Hospital School of Nursing in 1956. She attended Women’s Hospital and graduated with a post-graduate degree in obstetrics in 1957. Jo was a graduate of Mt. Carmel School of Anesthesia in 1965. In 1983, Jo earned a Bachelor of Human Resources from Spring Arbor University.
She was employed as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at McLaren Regional Medical Center, retiring in 2008 after 38 years of service. In addition, she worked part time in 13 hospitals. Jo was president of Anesthesia Seminars of Michigan and went to the Philippines with her husband, Bob, on medical missions for 15 years. Jo was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison, Mich.
She married Robert Deuker on July 19, 1986. Jo was an accomplished ballroom dancer, co-pilot, oil painter, organ and harmonica player, craft designer and orator, speaking at numerous international CRNA conferences. She generously gave to others and surrounded herself with joy. Jo was the epitome of beauty and grace. She was loved by so many and will be very deeply missed.
Jo is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Robert Deuker; two stepchildren, Laurence (Robbin) Stevens and Eric (Denise) Deuker; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four siblings, Barbara Martin, Edward (Alice) Redmond, Rita Chapman and Robert (Pat) Redmond; and many other loving family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by nine siblings, Loretta Tuttle, Lucille Poppe, John Redmond, Earl Redmond, Mary Picary, Agnes Still, Elizabeth Ash, Eugene Redmond and George Redmond.