Jo Ann Neary, 81, of Atlantic, passed away at the Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.
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The daughter of Carl Edwin and Amanda Belle Hill Johnson, she was born Feb. 2, 1932, in McLean, Neb. She grew up on a farm in Wausa, Neb., and graduated from Wausa High School in 1949. Jo Ann earned her teaching certificate from Wayne State College. She later earned her bachelor's degree from Buena Vista University and her master's degree from Drake University.
She met fellow-teacher Del Neary when both were teachers in Tekamah, Neb. The couple married on Aug. 17, 1952, at the Thaber Lutheran Church in Wausa, Neb., and were together for over 60 years, until he passed away Aug. 7, 2013.
Jo Ann and Del lived briefly in Irwin before settling in Atlantic in 1957. While in Atlantic, Jo Ann taught school for over 30 years.
In addition to her husband, Jo Ann was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Betty Jane Jantz and Dickey Tyler; a brother, Jerry Johnson; as well as a brother in infancy.
Jo Ann is survived by her three daughters, Nancy (Doug) Cyr of Lincoln, Neb., Shari (Russ) Freeman of Columbus, Neb., and Sally (Jay) Bialek of Lawrence, Kan.; four grandchildren, Brooke (Andy) Kuker, Matthew (Angela) Cyr, Cole Cyr, and Abby Freeman; a great-granddaughter, Avery Kuker; a sister-in-law, Janet Johnson of Omaha, Neb.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Atlantic, with Pastor Grant Van Lishout officiating. Interment will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends and relatives on Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.
Open visitation will be available at Roland Funeral Home on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. til the family gathers at 5 p.m.
Roland Funeral Service of Atlantic is caring for Jo Ann's family and the arrangements. Condolences may be left in her guest book at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Jan. 27, 2014
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