Joyce ‘Jo’ E. Dahlke

Jan. 29, 1925 - May 14, 2009

Joyce “Jo” E. Dahlke of Waukesha joined her beloved husband in eternal rest Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Virginia Health and Rehabilitation Center at age 84. She was born Jan. 29, 1925, in Granada, Minn., the daughter of A.J. and Grace (nee Knight) Hodgman.

In 1944, Jo met a tall, handsome marine on a bus at Mankato State Teachers College. When Jo asked if the seat was saved, Floyd Dahlke replied, “Yes, for you.” The romance began and they married soon after on Aug. 19, 1944, in Quantico, Va. While raising three strong, independent children who never doubted their mother’s love, Jo was also a full-time working mother. She organized a square dance club in Arizona and was a TV weather reporter in Iowa. Jo worked in real estate and at the County Agricultural Office in Missouri, where she was also a founding member of the First Lutheran Church in town. She led the choir and held rehearsals in her home. She helped manage her sons little league baseball teams and became active in the Republican Party and community affairs. In 1963, the family moved to Waukesha and Jo remained active in the Republican Party and served in the Waukesha County Republican office for many years. Jo was also an active member of the Waukesha Ladies Elks and a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Jo has seen many of her friends pass on while her own health deteriorated. The family would like to thank her dear friends and all who have helped with her care.

She is survived by her children, Lea Ann (Kevin) Strand of Seattle, Steven Dahlke of Milwaukee and Jim Dahlke of West Olive, Mich., and granddaughters, Mari (Steve) Cary, Casey Strand, Courtney Strand, Jaime (Geoff) Mason and Tracie Dahlke. She is further survived by two great-grandchildren; sister, Beryle Haugen of Fairmont, Minn.; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Dahlke, on March 1, 1996; brother, Jack; and sister, Doris Peterson.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 5 p.m. memorial service Saturday, May 16, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. James Holmberg will preside. Inurnment will take place at Prairie Home Cemetery. 

Memorials in Jo’s name are appreciated to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 424 Hyde Park Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188. 

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.