Jo Anne Brandt, 78, of Mason City, died Sunday, February 20, 2011 at Heritage Care Center. Memorial services will be held 1:30 PM Friday, February 25, 2011 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 213 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, with Pastor Kathy Graves officiating. There will be no visitation. Per familys request, her body has been donated to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Jo was born May 14, 1932 in Fairfield, Iowa the daughter of Ernie and Florence (Baldwin) Peters. She graduated from Fairfield High School and later moved on to the University of Iowa where she majored in Radio-Speech and Dramatic Art gaining experience at WSUI, the university radio station. At Iowa, she met her husband. Jo and Duane were married June 8, 1952 in Waverly, Iowa. For several years, Jo was employed at KGLO Radio & TV doing air time and writing commercials. Later on, she hosted foreign exchange students in her home and became regional director of the Student Exchange Program covering the states of Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. In 1980, Jo discovered the multiple joys and frustrations of pottery and became a mud worker. She enjoyed the hobby that brought benefits of education, friends, and a lasting commitment to the MacNider Art Museum. Jo was responsible to research, document, and successfully apply to place the old Mason City Library, a Carnegie Building, to the list for historic preservation. In retirement, Jo and Duane traveled extensively by going to over 50 Elder Hostels and trips to Europe and Alaska. Jo enjoyed needlework and served as Regional representative in the Embroiders Guild. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Football fan, reader, enjoyed playing cards with her friends, and volunteered for many years at Mercy Medical Center North Iowa. Jo was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church serving of numerous committees through the years.
Jo is survived by her husband, Duane of Mason City; daughter, Deborah Brandt of Vienna, Virginia; son, Barry (Tammy) Brandt of Cedar Rapids; grandson, Aaron (Angela) Brandt of Denver, Colorado.
Jo was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother, Jim.
1:30 PM Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church