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Joan M. - 70

5/19/1949 - 5/13/2020

Bryant, Iowa

Joan "Jo" Marie Gradert, 70, of Bryant, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at The Alverno in Clinton.  A visitation will be held from 5pm-7pm on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Pape Funeral Home in Clinton.  Burial will take place Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 10:30am, at the Center Grove Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.  Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com.   

 

     Jo was born May 19, 1949, to Joseph and Violet (DeMaria) Colabello in Amsterdam, New York.  Jo married Willis "Butch" Gradert on November 24, 1973, in Clinton, IA, where she worked alongside him on their family farm for many years before taking a job at All Pets Mobile Clinic, followed by working at Eagle Point Nursing Home.  Jo was a loving mother who enjoyed cooking, playing cards, going country line dancing, doing crafts, gardening, working outside on the farm, going to garage sales and spending time with her family and friends, as well as her two dogs Cativa and Ilerio. 

 

     Jo is survived by two children, daughter Tatum Gradert of Chandler, Arizona and son Brian (Nicole Hensley) Gradert of DeWitt, Iowa; granddaughter Elizabeth Smithson, grandson Ethan Gradert; great granddaughter Isla Driscoll; brother, Frank Colabello; sisters, Rena Mesick, Judy Barkevich and Kelly Mammarelli. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son James Gradert, and her brother, Joseph “Bobee” Colabello recently.

A visitation will be held from 5pm-7pm on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Pape Funeral Home in Clinton.

Burial will take place Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 10:30am, at the Center Grove Cemetery.

2 Comments

  • Don & Sheila Franzen

    2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Tatum and Brian,

    Our sympathy in your loss of such a fun Mom, when we were at your house for supper when you and Jr. dated, we

    had such a good time with your Mom and Dad, two great friends! We send our prayers to you both.

    Love, Don & Sheila.

  • Will and Carolyn Grimes

    2 weeks, 2 days ago

    We remember Butch and Jo as founding members and first presidents of the Riverboat Rustlers Square Dance Club in Clinton. Because of their initial leadership, hundreds of folks have enjoyed dancing with the club which is celebrating its 45th dance season this year. What a great legacy of fun and fellowship!

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