JoAnne "Jo" Imholte
December 19, 1934 – February 4, 2021
JoAnne "Jo" Imholte, age 86, of Andover, Minnesota passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Jo was born December 19, 1934.
Jo is survived by her children, Bruce Imholte (Ginny), Barbara Imholte, Stephen Imholte (Rachael), Sharon Courneya (Jeff), Jerry Imholte (Linda), Doug Imholte (Nancy) and Patti Olson. Twenty grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Phil, 1 grandson and 2 great-grandchildren.
Join us to Celebrate Jo's Life on Sunday, June 27th in Clear Lake, MN.
JoAnne was born in Minneapolis, MN to Alexander and Marie (Hall) Semchyshyn. She grew up in Anoka, MN. She graduated from Anoka High School. Jo married Philip Imholte on June 28th, 1952. They continued to stay passionately married for 52 years before Phil passed away. Jo and Phil’s faith was central to their lives and their marriage. They are now reunited with Jesus in heaven.
Jo was a trailblazer for business and professional women as she was Executive Director of Detroit Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce from 1970 to 1974 and active with the DL Jaycee Women, as well a small business owner in Detroit Lakes for several years. She helped start the Holy Rosary Parish Festival & chaired the Festival along with her husband Phil for several years. Jo was also active with the Detroit Lakes Rotary Club all the while raising a large and close-knit family. Demonstrating that women could be both professionally and personally successful.
Jo’s greatest accomplishment is her family. She had great joy in following the successes of her children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Her legacy lives on in these 3 generations as a close and connected family for which she was very proud.
Jo had a great sense of humor and always enjoyed the witty banter of her family. She looked forward to the next social event of family and friends. She was well loved by all who knew her. She and Phil did a lot of traveling with the Telephone Pioneers and Jo was always looking forward to the next adventure. She especially loved traveling abroad and would have traveled the world if she could have. Jo also enjoyed taking her grandchildren and great-grandchildren on adventures.
St. Stephen's Cathloic Church
St. Marcus Cemetery
JoAnne "Jo" Imholte
February 13, 2021
Don shared with me that when Uncle Phil came to his mom and dad's to introduce aunt Jo Don thought she was so pretty and he had a boyhood crush on her. I really enjoyed calling and having a chat with her she was such a pleasant person.
February 13, 2021
Although your mom and I lost touch with each other, I fondly remember family gatherings with all of the Hall cousins.
I especially remember your parents' wedding. It was my first time attending a wedding; I was 5 1/2 and I still recount the excitement of it.
Looking back at family photos reminds me of the long car ride to Anoka and goofing off with Joanne as my dad helped Alex with various jobs and our moms visited.
Too many times Barry Emert and I would tell each other that we and our wives should meet in Monticello for a cousins' picnic but we never acted on it. Now, we regret that we didn't.
One of the last times we saw each other was on a trip to Bemidji with our German cousins to piece together the Wagner family tree. We recently reached out to the German relatives to tell them of your mother's death and they send their condolences.
We do have some photos and perhaps an old video my father made and I'll put them in a shared folder if you're interested.
Dennis and Kathy
February 11, 2021
Aunt Jo brought so much joy, laughter and common sense when she would be around us. As little kids, we knew she and Uncle Phil liked children because they took the time to listen to us and respond back. She was truly a special lady and will be missed by many.