Joann "JoJo" Pickering

December 28, 1930November 5, 2018

Much beloved wife, mother, aunt, and friend, Joann Pickering, known to those who knew and loved her as JoJo, passed away peacefully on November 5, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. JoJo was born on December 28, 1930 in Victoria, Texas to Edgar and Frankie Koch.

She is preceded in death by her childhood sweetheart and husband of 67 years, George; her sister, Jean Hudler, and her cherished mother, Frankie Koch.

She is survived by her brother, John Koch and his wife, Janelle; her sons, George Pickering, and Mark Pickering and his wife, Suzanne and their children, Alex and Molly; and her good friend and sister in law, Karen Pickering.

JoJo was a genuinely sweet soul with love enough for all those who were lucky enough to be a part of her world. In truth, her family was the true love of her life, closely followed by her love of Dr. Pepper and chocolate. She will be missed beyond measure for those of us who have been left behind. We know that JoJo would have wanted all those she loved to hold dearly to each other as we move throughout our lives without her. We also know that we will, one day, be blessed to reunite and hold her again. Until then, we will remember our sweet JoJo with a smile and all of the many loving memories we hold of her.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:30 am at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Catholic Church, 111 Barilla Place, San Antonio, Texas, 78209.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at


  • Edgar Koch, Father
  • Frankie Grimsinger Koch, Mother
  • George Pickering, Husband
  • John Koch, Brother
  • Janelle Koch, Sister-in-law
  • George Pickering III, Son
  • Mark Pickering, Son
  • Suzanne Pickering, Daughter-in-law
  • Alex Pickering, Grandchild
  • Molly Pickering, Grandchild
  • Karen Pickering, Sister-in-law


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2018

Joann "JoJo" Pickering

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Leona Hagel

December 8, 2018

To George, Mark, Suzanne, Molly and Alex,
My sincere sympathies for the loss of your mom, and grandmother. She was so proud of her sons and daughter-in-law and she cherished and talked about Alex and Molly often.
She was a kind and gentle person who became my friend after meeting her at a bingo hall with her best friend Fuzz back in the 80s. We continued that friendship over the years and until this past year when I last saw her at Sodalis.
I have a few pictures that I will share with the family and Karen later.

Mary Sue Koontz Nelson

December 6, 2018

My memories of Joann go back to Victoria High School..where she was one of the most popular girls--and definitely the prettiest. That I was so fond of George (we had Mr. Howell's History class together!) and then to hear they had married..and spent their lives TOGETHER.... made me very happy.
My deepest sympathy to all the family. Mary Sue

Lu W,illemin

December 2, 2018

Joann was such a pretty woman. I had not seen her in a long time but I thought of her often. She and Budda were a lot of fun. I am so sorry for your loss.

Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz

December 2, 2018

We were deeply saddened to hear to Jo Ann had passed away. She was really sweet person who always had a big smile on her face. We know that she will be missed by many people. May God bless the entire Pickering family during your time of loss.

Edward Walker

November 27, 2018

Dear Mark and family,

I am so sorry that you are having to deal with your Mom's death so soon after your Dad's. Losing the last parent is a sobering experience; the comforting thought is that we know we will see them again in the future--in God's time. For the moment, all we can do is to carry on the examples that our parents set for us and cherish the memories.

Know that all of you are in my prayers. I let Kay Johnson Shaw know. You were in the Class of 74 at VHS with her. I saw her in San Antonio a few weeks ago.

Grace and Peace to all of you.

Ed (Eddie) Walker
Edmond, OKlahoma (Formerly of Tivoli, Texas)