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May 20, 1936 - November 22, 2023

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Jo Ann Aschoff, 87, of West Point, died Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Hillside Villa in West Point.  Memorial Mass will be 10:30am on Tuesday, November 28 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Rev. James Weeder as celebrant.  Because of Jo Ann’s love of education one of her final wishes was to have her earthly body donated to College of St. Mary’s. Burial to be held at a later date. Lunch will be at the Nielsen Center following the funeral.  Visitation will be Monday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm with a Christian Mothers and Catholic Daughters Rosary at 1:30pm at Stokely Funeral Home.  Visitation with family present will continue from 5:00pm to 7:00pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  Memorials may be made to the Anatomical Board of Nebraska or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Jo Ann was born on May 20, 1936 to Joseph and Frances (Langdon) Koke in Omaha.  She attended Gretna High School, where she graduated in 1953. She continued on to College of St. Mary, where she earned a degree in education.  Jo Ann’s first teaching job was in Fremont with her sister Eleanor.  On August 6, 1957, Jo Ann joined hands in marriage with Anthony Aschoff at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Gretna. The couple farmed west of West Point, where they created a home filled with love and warmth.

For many decades, she contributed to the well-being of her community through her work at Colonial Haven Nursing Home and the St. Joseph’s Retirement Community retiring in 2019. Her dedication to care and compassion touched the lives of many.  A devout member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Jo Ann was actively involved in Catholic Daughters and Christian Mothers, embodying her faith through service and fellowship.

One of Jo Ann’s greatest joys in life was found in the laughter and joy shared with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved nothing more than gathering the family around for games, creating cherished memories that will forever echo in their hearts.


Survivors include her daughters, Cathy (Calvin) Dobias of Atkinson, Frances (Dan) Belling of Lincoln and Betty (Jeff) English of West Point; sons, Cletus of West Point, Mark (Candy) of Wayne, Paul (Toni) of Pierre, SD, John (Denise) of West Point and Alan (Tina) of Hastings; daughter-in-law, Jan Aschoff of West Point; 20 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; sister, Doris Royal; and brother, Jack (Gloria) Koke.  She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tony in 2005; son, Carl in 2022; sisters, Eleanor (Gene) Pratt and Darlene (Harold) Kreifels; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Royal.