Ellen "JoAnn" Kertesz
November 25, 1929 – February 9, 2020
JoAnn Kertesz, 90, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born November 25, 1929 to Joe and Ella Egan in Minneapolis, MN. JoAnn graduated from North High School in Minneapolis and married George Kertesz, her husband of 68 years.
JoAnn and George traveled the world together and were inseparable when George was not deployed protecting US interests during his 30 years in the Air Force. Along the way, JoAnn raised 5 children, four daughters and a son.
JoAnn had a fearless and adventuresome spirit that was unshakeable as George pursued his career, while she made a home and set the tone for the family during their 17 moves in the service of our country. She instilled this fearlessness in her children and implored each of them to embrace new adventures with a curious mind and open heart. JoAnn set an example with her courage, her faith and her love of people, developing life long bonds with friends from all walks of life. She achieved the Life Master level in Duplicate Bridge, possessed a beautiful singing voice and a talent for music and art. She gave of her time freely and generously, caring for others through the Catholic Church, opening her home to those in need, serving as Docent at the Mote Aquarium and delivering Meals on Wheels for 18 years with George.
JoAnn is survived by her husband, George, her daughters Georgianne of Tempe, AZ, Theresa of Mission Viejo, CA, and Susie of Sarasota, FL; son, Jerry of Tucson, AZ; 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Patrice, sister, Myrtle and brothers, Costney, Bill and Jerry.
A Celebration of JoAnn's Life will begin at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home, 170 Honore Ave., Sarasota, FL 34232.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to TideWell Hospice, Inc., 3355 26th St. W, Bradenton, FL 34205.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, February 15, 2020
Ellen "JoAnn" Kertesz
February 15, 2020
Appy Joey... the head of our family. Always made sure that no matter how far apart everyone lived, we all spent a huge chunk of time together twice a year, at Christmas, and in the summer. The first 18 years of my life, we went up to Minnesota for our annual “Lake Trip” and after that summers in Florida. She was the glue that held our family together and consequently created bonds between our cousins that feel a lot more like siblings. She was such a role model to look up to: strong, put together, organized, but loving and genuinely interested in knowing about each and every one of our lives. There was no one like her, and I hope she will look down on us and be proud of the people we become as the next generation, her great grandkids, grow and learn their way in the world. I love you so much Appy, thank you for everything you have done for our family.
February 14, 2020
Dear George and family,
My heart breaks for you. Please know that I am sending the deepest comforting prayers and will continue to do so for all.
I have so many thoughts and memories of Jo Ann that I feel like I could write all night long.
We shared some tense times, but oh so many wonderful ones! I will always be so grateful for being given a beautiful wedding /reception at Norton, the lake trips and especially living in Davenport at the same time. We celebrated Ashleigh Kate’s (Cakes) birth and Lindsay Jo Ann two year later, many holidays and great Sunday night dinners prepared by her, our fun shopping trip to Chicago to get warm clothes and her wonderful laugh at my amazement of the skyscrapers!! Jo Ann and George’s continued effort to keep me in their lives will be treasured always!
I learned so much from Jo Ann that I want to pass on to my daughters and my grandchildren. Please know that I will do all I can to have them know what a wonderful, interesting, strong, loving lady they have as a Grandmother and Great- Grandmother.
I will miss and love her forever,
February 14, 2020
My favorite memory was when I saw the red teddy bear on the chair in your house in Florida and instantly fell in love with it and still have it today!! It will always bring back memories of you and Poppy caring and loving each other and me.
I love you the mostest,
February 13, 2020
JoAnn was our dad’s “big sister” though they were close in age, and maintained a tight and loving relationship over many years. Both our Mom and Dad and all of us siblings admired JoAnn for many reasons. Above all, she was always a model of strength and resilience, most notably demonstrated by her ability to navigate many transitions while raising a large and spirited family. Our families became particularly close when Uncle George served in Vietnam, and Aunt JoAnn managed their household in New Hope, MN. As children, some of us feared her a bit as her parenting style sometimes contrasted starkly from our mom’s more laidback approach :-) Both George and JoAnn were considered heroes in our family, and we all wanted to be on “good behavior” in their company (and that especially includes our dad!).
We also admired JoAnn’s keen intellect, elegance, wit, and ability to articulate the finest point with the least amount of words. We know that she wasn’t blessed with optimal health yet she wasn’t one to complain or surrender to limitations. We are grateful for her enduring and sincere interest in the well-being of her extended family of cousins, nieces/nephews and in-laws. We so appreciated JoAnn’s loving dedication to both of our parents throughout their lives. We know that she was the inspiration behind many gatherings of the Egan clan over the years, and both she and Uncle George managed to stay in-the-know about all of us despite our growing numbers! Of course, JoAnn and George always served as a model for a loving and joyful partnership as their soulful connection was grounded in mutual respect and adoration.
We were blessed to have such a courageous, classy, and wise JoAnn in our lives. Wishing you all much love and moments of grace in the days ahead
Donna & Erv Swanson, Pam & Brad Blahna, Diane & Bob Slayton, David Egan, Tom & Cheryl Egan, Denise Egan & Rick Brannon, Elizabeth & Rich Salem