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JoAnn "Jo" Lydia Harju
JoAnn “Jo” Lydia Harju, 55, of La Salle passed away Feb. 7, 2014, in Heritage Health Care, Peru.
Celebration of Life will be at 6 p.m. Friday in Hurst Funeral Home, La Salle.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Friday until the time of services in the funeral home.
Jo was born April 28, 1958, in Hancock, Mich., to William and Hilda (Ethel) Harju. She lived most of her life in the Illinois Valley area and grew up in Spring Valley.
She attended Triton College in Chicago where she studied the arts. Jo worked as a photo journalist for the Bu-reau Cou-nty Republican newspaper in Princeton and later for Riverstone Group in Utica as an office manager for many years before her illness.
Jo was a beautiful and gentle soul. She was a talented writer and artist who loved nature and the outdoors. Her deepest love was for her children and grandchildren, family and friends. She was a quick-witted, easygoing, compassionate person and was kind to everyone. She will be missed every moment of everyday by those of us who loved and knew her. Her life made ours better, her family noted.
JoAnn is survived by her five children, Manessa (Terry) Trench of La Salle, Dax (Harmony) Nelson of Spanaway, Wash., Jared (Adrienne) Nelson of Tacoma, Wash., Candice (Timothy) Pratt of Princeton and Trevor (Jade) Halm of Cedar Point; one brother, Dr. Mel (Gwendolyn) Harju of Benton, La.; three sisters, Tess Harju of Spring Valley, Patricia (David) Belanger of Longview, Texas, and Fay (Rahn) Data of La Salle; grandchildren Calista, Jaycee and Jocelyn Pratt, Damien Nelson, Michael Trench, Ericha Olalde, Rileigh Smith, Raakel Nelson, Laiken, Landen and Lennox Halm; nieces and nephews, Jessica, Jarrek, Jenavieve and Justin Dyer, Autumn Franklin, Blake Harju, K. Ashlee (Kristen) Harju-Jalley, Shawn Jackson family, Lena (Bernhard) Bittl family, Amy (Bill) Sommer family, Rob Hash family, Cindi (David) Baldwin family, Kimberly (Daniel) Vermillon-Fulmer family; the Nelson nieces and nephews and JoAnn’s many cousins and loved ones.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her mother and father and beloved aunties Pearl and Esther.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to her family.
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