Jo-Ann J. Behnken

Jo-Ann Joyce Behnken, 81, of Colesburg, died on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Visitation was Monday, April 21, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood and one hour before the services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 22, at United Methodist Church in Colesburg, conducted by Pastor Allen Craft.

Interment was at Brown Cemetery, Colesburg.

Casketbearers were Bob Gage, Francis Clemens, Jerry Vorwald, Gene Kruse, John Kruse, Dennis Walthart, Mark Schilling and Steve Wiskus.

Jo-Ann was born on Nov. 10, 1932, in West Union, the daughter of Gilbert and Edith (Bartels) Stockman. Jo-Ann was raised and educated in the area, and graduated from West Union High School.  She also graduated from Upper Iowa University with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Library Science.

Jo-Ann taught at Colesburg Elementary School until she met her future husband, Duane Richard Behnken, Sr. to whom she was married on Aug. 22, 1954. Four children were born to this union.  She stayed at home and raised her family until she returned to teaching at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Petersburg in 1966 until she retired after the 1992-1993 school year.

She loved children and books and enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, feeding people, and baking. There was always chocolate cake at her house. Jo-Ann was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her three children, Duane (Carol) Behnken Jr. of Dyersville, Edith (Duane) Langerman of West Union, Nanette Hyde of Ottumwa; five grandchildren, Jeremiah, Tony, Bridget, John, and Regina; eight great-grandchildren, Karley, Pacey, Suttyn, Emery, Jay, Jayde, Jackson, and Cassie; and many nieces and nephews.

Jo-Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Duane on May 18, 1996; her daughter, Tammy Jo Behnken on June 28, 1993; three sisters,  Alberta Gage, Darlene Lovik, and Lorraine Alexander;  one brother, Chuck Stockman; a son-in-law, Roger Hyde; and a grandson, Jacob Langerman on Nov. 27, 2012.

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