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Josephine Charlotte (Wilt) Harn passed away peacefully at her home on April 15, 2015. Jo was born in Geauga Lake, Ohio in 1926 to Joseph and Irene Wilt.

A self-taught, plein air artist and retired school teacher, Jo Harn wore many hats in her long, full life. Married to a Fish and Game Warden and outdoorsman, Graydon 'Don' Harn, for over 59 years, together they enjoyed many family adventures and travels. A dedicated teacher in both Riverside and Napa counties for 20 years, Jo always found time for her hobbies including traveling, fishing, camping, bird watching, boating, flying kites at the beach and spending time outdoors.

She would often travel light, toting her sketch book to jot down a memorable camp site, landscape or wildlife scene. She was a natural plein air artist, being present in the moment and using the freedom of watercolor to capture nature's beauty.

In 2000, along with her husband, Don, she volunteered endless hours to assist in the location of World War II MIAs. They went on to be recognized by the U.S. Army Central Identification in Hawaii for efforts in outstanding support in the recovery of 19 fallen Marines.

Jo was a Yuba-Sutter resident for over 20 years and an active member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and the Marie Raiders Association.

She was preceded in death by her husband Don Harn and her brother Charles Joseph Wilt. A loving matriarch, she is survived by Grady and Connie Harn, Kathe Harn, Mike and Julie Cole, five grandchildren and (soon-to-be) eleven great-grandchildren.

Join family and friends for a celebration of life at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Yuba City on Monday April 27th at 10:30 a.m., wear bright colors. Contributions in Jo's honor may be sent to Fremont Rideout Hospice or Cancer Center or US Marine Raider Foundation c/o Bill Koehler, 3013 NW 106th Cir., Vancouver, WA 98685.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2015
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