Jo Russell (Josephine) Jantze-Porter

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Jo (Josephine) Russell Jantze-Porter

100 Years

Jo (Josephine) Russell Jantze-Porter was born August 16, 1911 in Gest, Kentucky. she graduated from University of Kentucky and Cal State Long Beach. Jo was the youngest of 10 (8 brothers and 1 sister). After college she married Fred Russell a fellow teacher and in 1939 they moved to Lakewood Village, California . Jo was a long time third grade teacher and Fred a medical administrator and an Exchange Club member. They raised two children, Connie and Fred Russell. Fred Sr. suddently died in 1966 at only 55. Jo continued with teaching, was active in several bridge clubs and choir at Lakewood Village Community Church. Through mutual friends she met Merton Jantze and after several years of dating they married and shared their love of traveling: by motor home or cruise ship together. Since Mert was a Jester with the Masons, Jo became "Lady Josephine" to all who knew them. Mert died after a prolonged battle with cancer in 1992. Once again Jo bounced back into her busy activities with friends, family and clubs when she was introduced to Jim Porter, a gentleman who also loved traveling and bridge. Jo and Jim became companions for several years when they decided to get married in 2005 inviting both families for their wedding on the cruise ship out of Long Beach. They shared a wonderful life together until Jo peacefully passed away at her home on Ocean Blvd surrounded by love at the age of 100 on May 4, 2012 . Jo's long time activies included involvment with the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Childrens Benefit League, Petroleum Club, Patio Club, Teachers Retirement Bridge , El Dorado Senior Center Bridge Club, and the Lakewood Village Community Church. Jo is survived by her loving husband, Jim Porter; daughter, Connie Russell; son, Fred Russell; stepson, Ken Lytle; 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews throughout the USA along with 100's of friends. Private Services. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obituaries.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on May 8, 2012
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