Jo Brejcha Bessey, 88, of Ashton, died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at the Ashton Living Center.
She was born on Jan. 26, 1920, in Antigo, Wis., to Joseph Brejcha and Anna Cernoch Brejcha. Jo, also know as "Josey" or "Pepka," was born into an immigrant family from Czechoslovakia. She grew up in a family of nine children that maintained much of their Czech heritage, including speaking the language at home. As a young adult, Jo had a full circle of friends, worked in the Woolworth store in town and enjoyed roller skating and dancing.
On June 22, 1946, she married Bill Bessey and was blessed with a union of 61years. They traveled to Idaho for their honeymoon and a short time later moved there permanently.
They lived in Marysville, Mack's Inn for five summers and finally settled in Ashton. They were blessed with three children, Linda, Ted and John; and four grandchildren. Jo had many interests and hobbies. She played cards, collected stamps and coins, loved fishing and was a good cook. She was famous for her pies. She maintained a large vegetable garden and raspberry patch. She took great joy in her beautiful rose garden. Jo was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and participated as a Christian education teacher and member of the altar guild. She also participated in various women's group programs and activities.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the Ashton Living Center. We are truly grateful for the kindness and compassion that gave Jo a place of peace, dignity and joy during her later years.
Jo is survived by her children, Linda (Jan) DeAmicis of New Hartford, N.Y., Ted (Cindy) Bessey of Oakland, Md., and John Bessey of Ashton, Idaho; and grandchildren, Justin DeAmicis of New Hartford, N.Y., Rachel and Samantha Bessey of Oakland, Md., and Megan Bessey (Brandon) Rohrbaugh of Keyser, W.Va.; brother, Joe (Donna) Brejcha of Glendale, Wis.; and husband, Bill, in 2007.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton and for one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Ashton Pineview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Lutheran World Relief -- World Hunger in care of Zion Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 387, Ashton, ID 83420.