Joanne “Jo” Caldwell, 82, Monticello

Jo Caldwell

Joanne “Jo” Caldwell, 82, Monticello, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.
Jo was born Feb. 15, 1930, in Westbrook, Minn. to Alfred and Laura Deutschman.  She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1947 and from Macalester College in St. Paul in 1952.  On Aug. 11, 1951, she married Bill Caldwell.  She is survived by Bill, daughters Kristi-Jo Caldwell, Kelly (Caldwell) Shelquist, Kelly’s husband Peter, grandchildren Andrew and Nicholas and dear cousins and their families.
After working nearly 20 years in education, Joanne left public education and started her own business mentoring teachers in collaborative education.  Since her retirement, her numerous activities and volunteer contributions to the community through her church, hospice care, quilting, Monticello Study Club, and others has made a difference in the lives of so many.
She enjoyed her flower gardens, including one with several large raspberry bushes.  She loved to watch the wild birds eat copious amount of seed from their feeders, and relished sipping flavored coffee on the porch of her home overlooking Lake Ida.  Stories of quilt-hops with friends, antiquing expeditions with her daughter and her pancake recipe are legendary.
Her enthusiasm, kindness, and unconditional love and support will be missed and remembered by many. She was a shining star to her family and community.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at the United Methodist Church, 9225 Jason Ave. N.E., Monticello. A reception will follow the service.  Visitation with the family will precede the service from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Monticello Food Shelf.