Jo Ickler, 76, once of Mabel
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 4:45 AM
Joanne "Jo" Ickler, 76, of Hopedale, Mass., formerly of Mabel, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
She was born in Spring Grove, the daughter of Adolph and Dorothy Larson, and grew up in Mabel. She lived with her husband, Glenn, and children in Afton, Minn., for more than 20 years before moving to Massachusetts in 1983.
She graduated from Mabel High School, attended Hamline University and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in social work. She was employed for 15 years as a social worker in Minnesota and worked at a food brokerage in Massachusetts before retiring in 2002. She dealt with breast cancer and its complications for the last 30 years of her life.
The greatest loves of her life were her children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She also loved square dancing, quilting and spending summers with her husband at their cottage on Martha's Vineyard.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Glenn; four sons, six grandchildren; one great-grandchild and two brothers, Richard (Elaine) Larson of California and David (Delores Flynn) Larson of Roseville.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Aug. 31, in First Parish in Framingham, Mass.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jo Ickler's name to the Oak Bluffs Firemen's Civic Association, Inc., 4 Firehouse Ln., Oak Bluffs, MA 02557