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.

  • Patricia Mack

    Joanne is truly half of one of the most wonderful couples we have ever known! Bless you, Joannne, for being inspirational as a wife, mother and teacher. You kindness to our children (the little neighbor girls from Lake ida) never went overlooked. All our love to Bill and your family~
    The Mack Family

  • Tom and Sharon Barsness

    Dear Bill,
    We were very dismayed to learn of Jo’s death. We are in AZ at our daughter’s for a few days and a frend from Monticello emailed us Jo’s obituary,. We never forgot the wonderful party that you and Jo put on for us when we moved to Monticello. Also, I (Sharon) was well aware of her contribitions to the field of education. Our thoughts and prayers are with youl
    Tom and Sharon Barsness

  • charlie clement

    sorry to hear about the loss of your mom kelly, i sure do have fond memories of how kind and gracious she was, after all she put up with the crazy neighborhood kids. lol take care and god bless you guys ! say hi to pete for me

  • Barb Murray-Liefert and Tom Liefert

    Dear Bill,
    I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your wife Jo, she will be missed by many people. And such wonderful memories we all have to help keep her in our hearts. Take Care.