Donna Jo Crooks

June 9, 1949December 17, 2018

Donna Jo Crooks, nee Dudderar, 69, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 in Naples, Florida.

Born June 9, 1949, in Covington, Kentucky, to the late Dr. Donald Keith Dudderar and late Geraldine Senour Dudderar. Jo was raised with her two siblings in Ft. Thomas, KY. She attended Highlands High School, where on top of being a proud Bluebird cheerleader, she fell in love with one of the halfbacks on the 1964 State Champ team and future husband, David Crooks. She was a proud alum of The University of Kentucky earning her education degree.

Jo and David married on June 3, 1972. They spent the first years of their marriage living around the country while David served as an Air Force pilot and Jo taught special education. They settled in Cadillac, Michigan with Jo staying home to raise and love their three children.

She was a passionate sports fan, including of course; attending incalculable youth, high school and college games, meets and matches played by her children. Jo never missed a game, with her cowbell in hand, and made her tailgates feel like home and welcomed to all.

Jo spread love, light, her warm charm and happiness to all. She made everything feel special which especially came through her cooking. As a home chef, Jo directed extensive thought in planning and executing her menus. Over many years rarely did she duplicate a menu for returned guests. She was selfless, graceful, joyful and a loving mother, sister and wife of 46 plus years.

She is survived by her husband, David, their sons Clayton (Carrie) and Ethan Crooks (Brittany) and daughter Hayne Crooks Cintron (James) as well as five grandchildren who will miss their “JoJo” very much. Also surviving is her sister, Kathy Lynn Dudderar Pope (Richard) and her many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her brother Douglas Senour Dudderar.

In the summer of 2019 there will be a celebration of Jo’s life at her beloved lake home in Traverse City, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army and Wreaths Across America in her name are welcome.


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Bonnie Weidinger Hitch

January 18, 2019

Bill and I were saddened to hear of your loss in the passing of Donna Jo. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
Bonnie Weidinger Hitch

Diane Britenburg Lee

January 15, 2019


There are so many memories of you and Jo and Jim and Danny and B.O. and me having such a great time together... good old Bluebirds!

Sending light and love to you all. Donna Jo will be remembered fondly.


John and Tania Cintron

January 14, 2019

We remember meeting D and Jo at the engagement party for our children Hayne and James. We were immediately put at ease by the bright smile and the friendliness of Jo, she had the perfect balance of softness, careness, and assertiveness. We had the pleasure of getting to know her better in Traverse she was an excellent cook, hostess, and gracious lady. Jo was savy in life and relationships. She will be remembered as a great mother, wife, friend,and excellent human being.

Pino Cornacchia

January 9, 2019

Dear Jo, I cherish the good memories of your cheerful personality! It was yesterday we met while David and I were aiming at the sky in Phoenix. Years have gone by, but luckily for us, we managed to keep in touch. It was yesterday, we met again in Cadillac, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Milano…..every time like the first time, same cheerful smile on your face, same positive attitude, we just went on from were we left the day before!
Dear David, dear family, friendship is a gift we enjoyed fully and will continue to do so in the memory of Jo.
Pino, Paola, Alessandro and Matilde

Katy Ricalde

January 8, 2019

I met Jo in Washington, D.C. along with her beloved husband David, who had surprised her with a trip to D.C. and a tour of Fox News and the White House. She was a beautiful, kind woman and I will remember her gracious spirit. My sincere condolences go out to her wonderful family and her dear friends.

Ann Bush

January 6, 2019

Crooks Family:

The wonderful write up on the life of your wife and mom in the Cadillac Paper really captured the spirit of her. I will never forget hearing the cowbell at track meets, football games and any sporting event she attended. She cared deeply about everyone and thought of all your friends, teammates and classmates as her "kids." She always had a smile on her face and made everyone feel special. I was blessed to know her while you were in Cadillac. I appreciated all she did for the community, CAPS and me. May your memories of her get you through the tough times.

Mike Street

January 2, 2019

Hi David and family,
We were so saddened to learn of Jo's passing in December. We greatly enjoyed getting to know her in recent years as we worked with you both. Our prayers are with you all as you continue to remember Jo and her impact in your lives. - Mike Street

Kenneth Kleyn

January 1, 2019

David and family, Although our paths drifted apart in retirement, I have had many great memories over the years of the times we shared. I knew you lived somewhere in TC but was never able to find an address or phone number. This is our first winter staying in Williamsburg in 23 years and so my heart was saddened when I saw Jo's obit in Sundays paper. In all of my memories there is not a single one of Jo not smiling. We would love to share in your celebration this summer. Oddly enough, we plan to be somewhere in Naples the last week in February. Would love to get together on a day during that week as well. Please share your phone or email. Again our deep condolences but deep love as well. Ken & Becky

Denise and Joe Godfrey

December 29, 2018

We are so saddened by the news of Jo’s passing. I’m sure she will be missed dearly. Hoping your wonderful memories of her bring you peace and comfort. You are in our thoughts.
With heartfelt condolences, Denise and Joe Godfrey