Sunrise August 3 1946 - Sunset January 14 2017
With her beloved country music playing softly, it is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of a beautiful soul, Jo Jo Cuthbert. She was 69. After a courageous battle, she now joins our Dad in heaven to be together for all eternity. We are sad to say good-bye but happy for her as she missed Dad so very much. We can be certain that their reunion was met with love like no other.
Jo Jo was predeceased by her husband of over 40 years, Henry Cuthbert whom she missed deeply. The “kiss marks” on his picture were very telling of their love and how much she missed him. Jo Jo was also predeceased by her parents, Frank and Ann Alcock, her brother William Alcock, her sister Grace Hagen, nephews Frankie Alcock, Bradley Delorme and Gerry Pencoff, her great-nephew Kyle Saunders, mother and father-in-law Fred and Skip Cuthbert, brothers in law Albert Delorme, Erwin Wesner, Donald Cuthbert, Andy Saunders and Henry’s daughter Shelley Rae Cuthbert.
Jo Jo leaves to cherish her memory, her sons, Henry, whom she fondly called Hank (Louanne),
Robyn, D’arcy (Wendy), Mitchell (Cindy), Marcel (Leslie), Darrell, and her daughter Tammy (Sonny). Grandchildren Joshua (Tina), Hillary, Gino (Courtney), Cheyenne, Angie, Jarrod
(Tammara), Lacey-Jo, Daniel (Amanda), David (Heather), Chrissy (Jesse), Melissa (Scott),
Shaun, Presley, Chelsea (Phillip) and Logan (Katie). Her great-grandchildren Mark, Hailey, Nadia, Jaxon, Rowen, Dante, Evan, Aidan, Dexter and Ocean. Missing her as well are her sisters Joan (Carl), Eva; and her twin Bobbin with whom she shared a very special bond and spent her very last Christmas with. Her sister in-laws, Rebecca, Angela, Michelle(Robert), Cindi, Heather(Terry), Fern(Rodney) and brothers-in-law Dave (Pauline) and Rick(Cindy) as well as a multitude of nieces and nephews.
Jo Jo was truly a “Mother of Many”. After taking on Henry’s brood, they moved to Mando Camp 254 where they had their son Henry. After a couple of years, Jo Jo and Henry purchased a small farm on the Essex Road. It was there, that they raised their children. Times were sometimes tough but Jo Jo always made the best of things. She cooked for an army every day and when the children started leaving home, no break was to be had. Jo Jo and Henry opened their home and their hearts to children needing foster care. This “Mother of Many” cared for and fell in love with hundreds of children over the years and to the day she left this earth, she spoke fondly of all of them.
After losing Henry, whom she cared for until his final breath, she moved to Parkview apartments. Jo Jo had many great friends over the years and at Parkview it was no different. She cultivated valuable friendships there as well. We would like to acknowledge and thank her dear friend Joey Peacock who was there for Jo Jo day in and day out for the past few years and her friend Helen Krisko who was her “mum” at Parkview. Your friendship was cherished and she loved you both. Jo Jo enjoyed being on the executive for the tenants association and served until she fell ill. She joked that she couldn’t even balance a cheque book and she was the treasurer! We can say for sure that the treasury was in good hands because nobody was more honest than Jo Jo. Some might say honest to a fault…but she never wavered in truth be it with money, relationships or recall. She always told the truth. No matter the outcome.
Jo Jo never let things hold her back. She was lucky in love, went back to school and graduated, was a published poet with the Poetry Society of Canada, swam at the beach until she wrinkled, danced up a storm at socials, laughed until she cried, loved Christmas, come hell or high water…pickled everything she could, got a “cow” tattoo with “Henry” on it, listened to Charlie Pride songs over and over, mastered the “snow machine”, was beyond proud of being a Nana and a Great Nana, was an amazing cook but could burn a good steak better than anyone!..and oh lord…the time she learned how to drive! We had so much fun growing up and it was Jo Jo that made it fun! We would be remiss if we didn’t mention her ice-cream! Nobody…and we mean nobody enjoyed ice-cream like Jo Jo. She literally savoured every bite like it was her last! Jo Jo had no patience for nonsense, shady character, false friendships or uppity attitudes. She was direct and did not beat around the bush. She was down-to-earth, approachable, fun loving and kind. Kind in the giving way. If you knew Jo Jo, you likely own something she knitted. She was a master at her craft. She created her own patterns and each and every child, grandchild and great grandchild and just about anyone she knew had the good fortune of being the recipient of many items. Not just one….many. She was particularly famous for her personalized baby blankets. Over the years she knitted for the less fortunate (warmth and wellness) and donating hats and outfits to the hospital for newborns. She warmed the needy, fed the hungry and loved unconditionally all of her life.
Jo Jo and Henry took a trip together and it was a highlight of their life together. An entire month was spent in England, Scotland and Paris. They met long lost family and formed lifelong friendships.
Jo Jo eventually had to make the difficult choice to move to Pinecrest District Home for the Aged as living alone became too much. Still, she kept her autonomy and her independence as much as she possibly could as well as cultivating new friendships there. She even started a knitting club. She was very proud of singing in the Pinecrest Christmas choir this past December and called all of us to come and watch her.
We would like to acknowledge both Dr. Weibe and the staff of Pinecrest Home for the Aged. You made Jo Jo love her home with you. Your end of life care was attentive and professional. For all of this and more, we thank you.
We are saying “see you later” to this kindred spirit and this “Mother of Many” but take comfort that she is with Dad. Embrace Dad and never let him go for all eternity.
Please join us for A Celebration of her amazing Life that will be held at Alcock Funeral Home on Highway 17 West, Keewatin, Saturday January 21 2017 at 1 PM.
Donations very much appreciated to a children’s charity of your choice.
“The Tenderest of Hearts,
More Loving Than Any,
She Is Very Much Loved,
This Mother of Many”
Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Highway 17 West Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.