Jo Brejcha Bessey, 88, of Ashton, died in her sleep Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at the Ashton Living Center. She was born Jan. 26, 1920, in Antigo, Wis., to Joseph Brejcha and Anna Cernoch Brejcha.
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Jo, also know as Josey or Pepka, was born into an immigrant family from Czechoslovakia. She grew up in a family of nine children, a family 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 activities like roller skating and dancing.
On June 22, 1946, she married Bill Bessey and was blessed with a union of 61 years. They traveled to Idaho for their honeymoon and a short time later moved there permanently, taking up residence first in Marysville, then in Mack's Inn for five summers and finally settling in Ashton.
The marriage was blessed with three children, Linda, Ted and John, and later with four grandchildren.
Jo had many interests and hobbies, which included card playing, stamp and coin collecting, a love of fishing and being a good cook, famous for her pies. She also maintained a large vegetable garden and a 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, a member of the altar guild, and participated in various women's group programs and activities.
Jo is survived by her three children, Linda DeAmicis and her husband, Jan of New Hartford, N.Y.; Ted Bessey and his wife, Cindy, of Oakland, Md., and John Bessey of Ashton. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Justin DeAmicis of New Hartford, NY; Rachel and Samantha Bessey of Oakland, Md., and Megan Bessey Rohrbaugh and her husband, Brandon, of Keyser, W.Va. Jo is also survived by a brother, Joe Brejcha, and his wife, Donna, of Glendale, Wis. Her husband, Bill, preceded her in death in 2007.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the Ashton Living Center for making a home for Jo and providing her with a loving and caring community. We are truly grateful for the kindness and compassion that gave Jo a place of peace, dignity, and joy during her later years.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashton. The family will receive friends Monday evening, Nov. 3, from 6 to 7:30 at Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton; and Tuesday for one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in the Ashton Pineview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to Lutheran World Relief (World Hunger), care of Zion Lutheran Church, Ashton.
Baxter Funeral Home - Ashton
717 Main Street P.O. Box 706 Ashton, ID 83420
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on Nov. 1, 2008