Obituary of Jo Ann Marie Neff
Jo Ann Marie Neff
(June 13, 1936 - December 30, 2019)
Jo Ann Marie Neff of Camrose, Alberta, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019 at the age of 83 years.
Jo Ann Marie Neff was born in Williston, North Dakota on June 13, 1936 to Lyle and Lulu Gubrud. After graduating from High School in Williston she attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where she met James (Jim) Neff, a young assistant choir director. Jo Ann and Jim were drawn together by their shared love of music. They were married on August 5, 1956. To this union were born four children; Lois Jane, Mary Elinore, Stephen James and Paul Jonathan. Jim and Jo Ann had been married for sixty-three years at the time of Jo Ann’s passing.
Along with Jim, Jo Ann raised their four children and then, in 1975, resumed her higher education path. She earned a Bachelor of Education Degree and became a school teacher, with a specialty in music, at Chester Ronning Elementary School from 1977-1993. She was an excellent teacher and loved teaching and her students. She often heard from previous students about the profound and positive impact she had on them at a young age.
Jo Ann loved her family, music, reading, learning, flowers, animals (especially cats), and gardening. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her strong Christian faith was unshakeable and of vital importance to her and she shared it with many people during her lifetime. She played an active role in her faith community at Bethel and beyond.
Jo Ann made many friends over her lifetime and was a ray of sunshine to so many people with her positive, kind and joyous outlook. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Jo Ann is survived by her husband Jim; children Lois Maunder, Stephen Neff (Bev Mayer), Paul Neff (Diane); four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings Robert (Janet) Gubrud and Lois (Harold) Solberg. Jo Ann was predeceased by her daughter Mary and son-in-law Tom Maunder.
A Funeral Service was held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 4, 2020 from the Bethel Lutheran Church, 4102 - 73rd Street Camrose with Pastor Rev. Dr. Deborah Ann Taylor officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jo Ann’s memory are gratefully accepted to Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) or to the Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church.