Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Obituaries

July 23, 2013

Jo Ann Brandt Yoder

April 14, 1938-July 21, 2013

— FRISCO, Texas — Jo Ann (Brandt) Yoder, 75, formerly of Goshen, Ind., passed from this earth to meet her Heavenly Father Sunday. Jo had been battling cancer since October 2011. Her entire family rejoices that she is now pain free and joining her loved ones that have entered the kingdom of heaven before her.

Jo was born in Albion, Ind. April 14, 1938, to Collen and Evelyn (Stump) Alwine. Her family moved to Goshen, shortly after her birth. Attending Goshen Schools, Jo was active in music and softball.

Growing up in the Brenneman Missionary Church, she later attended First Baptist Church and was a longtime member of Jefferson Brethren Church in Goshen.

On April 4, 1955, Jo married Kenton A. (Kenny) Brandt in Goshen. She and Kenny raised four children and enjoyed 10 grandchildren until Kenny passed away in September 1988.

Jo had a passion for the Lord and music ministries within the churches she attended. Known for her quick wit and sense of humor, Jo was also straightforward, which usually left no one wondering how she really felt about a situation or topic. She really enjoyed cooking for all of her children, friends and family. She always welcomed others into her home. Jo had the gift of hospitality.

Jo had many jobs around Goshen and Elkhart County over the years: Lord’s Dress Shop, helping Kenny with his milk route as a teenager and new wife, working at Western Rubber, Phillip’s Pharmacy downtown store, Dr. Deuschle Dentistry, Goshen High School as a study hall supervisor, where she was known as a tough, yet very fun and respected supervisor, Goshen College and as the switchboard operator for the Elkhart County offices.

On Aug. 4, 1989, Jo married Wendell C. Yoder of Elkhart, Ind. She assisted Wendell in his insurance business until their retirement and move to Tucson, Ariz., in 1997. Together they traveled often and enjoyed driving to Florida, South Carolina, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas and back to Indiana for visits with all of their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many other family and friends. While in Arizona, Jo loved serving as president and singing alto in their church’s 60-voice choir, which often traveled to perform.

Jo and Wendell moved to Frisco in 2006 and became members of Prestonwood Baptist Church, serving in the Sunday school ministries and Young Couples and Pre-Married Counseling program.

Missing her with love and cherished memories will be her husband of 24 years, Wendell; sons, Randy (Sherrie) Brandt, Highland Village, and Kerry (Carla) Brandt, Maitland, Fla.; daughters, Kandy (Steve) Stacker, Blacksburg, S.C., and Terri (Greg) Lambright, Leesburg, Ind.; stepdaughter, Kris Garris, Elkhart; stepsons, Mitch (Andrea) Yoder, Elkhart, and Tony (Joanna) Yoder, Newport, Ore.; sisters, Joyce (Dave) D’Arcy, Elkhart, and Karen Zimmerman, Lake Helen, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her parents, first husband, Kenny Brandt, and stepgranddaughter, Allison Yoder, all of Goshen.

Memorial services will take place in Plano at Prestonwood Baptist Church Aug. 8.

Services in Goshen will take place Aug. 30. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. service at Jefferson Community Church. The Rev. Jim Shrock will officiate.

Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions are welcome and should be mailed to Jefferson Community Church Helping Hands Fund, 58915 Ind. 15 Goshen, IN 46528 or Gentive Hospice Foundation, 7801 Mesquite Bend, No. 105 Irving, TX 75063

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.

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