DEUKER, Johanna “Jo” Catherine (Redmond) – of Burton, MI, age 85, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 12 PM Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. The family will receive visitors 10 AM-12 PM Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Organ Fund, in Jo’s memory. Jo will then travel to Monticello, IA where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 AM Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 210 East Third Street, Monticello, IA 52310; Fr. Paul Baldwin celebrant. The family will receive visitors 4-7 PM Friday, December 14, 2018 at Goettsch Funeral Home, 514 West First Street, Monticello, IA 52310 and 9:30-10:30 AM Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jo will be laid to rest with her family in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Monticello, IA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque IA, in Jo’s memory.
Jo was born in Scotch Grove, IA on October 17, 1933, daughter of the late Benjamin and Anna (Dietiker) Redmond. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School Class of 1952. Jo earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Findley Hospital School of Nursing in 1956. She attended Women’s Hospital and graduated with a post graduate degree in Obstetrics in 1957. Jo was a graduate of Mt. Carmel School of Anesthesia in 1965. In 1983, Jo earned a Bachelor of Human Resources from Spring Arbor University.
She was employed as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at McLaren Regional Medical Center, retiring in 2008 after 38 years of service. In addition, she worked part time in 13 hospitals. Jo was president of Anesthesia Seminars of Michigan and went to the Philippine Islands with her husband, Bob on medical missions for 15 years. Jo was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Davison, MI. She married Robert Deuker on July 19, 1986. Jo was an accomplished ballroom dancer, co-pilot, oil painter, organ and harmonica player, craft designer and orator, speaking at numerous international CRNA conferences. She generously gave to others and surrounded herself with joy. Jo was the epitome of beauty and grace. She was loved by so many and will be very deeply missed.
Jo is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Robert Deuker; 2 step-children, Laurence (Robbin) Stevens and Eric (Denise) Deuker; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; 4 siblings, Barbara Martin, Edward (Alice) Redmond, Rita Chapman and Robert (Pat) Redmond; many other loving family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by 9 siblings, Loretta Tuttle, Lucille Poppe, John Redmond, Earl Redmond, Mary Picary, Agnes Still, Elizabeth Ash, Eugene Redmond and George Redmond.