Josephine A. Joest

March 11, 1925 - December 30, 2019

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Saturday, January 04, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel

Saturday, January 04, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel


Sunday, January 05, 2:00 PM
Open Door Community Church, Wolcottville


Josephine Joest, 94¸of Wolcottville died Monday, December 30, 2019, at Sage Bluff Health & Rehab in Fort Wayne.

She was born March 11, 1925, in Wolcottville to Clarence Frank and Minnie Louise (Kitchen) Atwood.
On August 20, 1950, in Wolcottville she married Alvin H. Joest. He preceded her in death on July 19, 2008.

She attended International Business College in Fort Wayne, Purdue University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree, and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University.

Mrs. Joest was a beloved teacher and speech therapist at Lakeland School Corporation for 37 ½ years.

She was a member of the Open Door Community Church in Wolcottville, a 75+ year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Delta Kappa Gamma, Psi Iota Xi, Retired Teachers Association, and N.E.A.

Josephine enjoyed music, playing piano, reading, and doing crafts. She entertained for many years as Echo the Clown.

She was a breast cancer survivor, after being diagnosed at the age of 87.

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara (Bob) Helmkamp of Sedona, Arizona; two sons, David (Nancy) Joest of Fort Wayne and Brian (Cindy) Joest of Kendallville; seven grandchildren, Rob Helmkamp, Brandon Joest, Jack Joest, Andy Marschand, Katie Underwood, Nick Adams, and Natalie Adams; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the Open Door Community Church in Wolcottville with Pastor Keith Perry officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Wolcottville.

Pallbearers are David Joest, Brian Joest, Brandon Joest, Jack Joest, Phil Gallup, and Steve Mossburg.

Calling is Saturday, January 4, 2020, from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville where there will be an Eastern Star service at 6:45 p.m. There will also be visitation one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to Open Door Community Church or Visiting Nurse & Hospice.

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Guest Book

Bob Smith
January 6th, 2020 7:09pm
Del Rey Oaks, CA

I am so sorry to learn of Jo death she was a wonderful teacher and good friends of my parents Carl and Annella Smith. Praying for you and your family

Margery Taylor
January 5th, 2020 9:13pm

To Mrs. Joest's family and friends. My deepest condolences to your family and friends. She is a wonderful, beautiful person inside and out. I have many fond memories of her while growing up.. She had a clown class that I attended at Wolcottville School and she also played the piano at music competitions. I will always remember her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sandy Sellet
January 4th, 2020 3:15pm
Laotto, IN

Our deepest condolences to the family. Jo will be missed by so many.

Linda Vyain
January 2nd, 2020 8:45pm
Fort Wayne, In.

Deepest condolences to the family. Jo was such a kind and caring person. Loved talking to her. May she RIP

Phil Gallup
January 2nd, 2020 5:33pm
Fort Wayne, IN

Where to start. I grew up with Jo and my Mom Jo playing piano and organ at church. They now are playing for everyone in heaven. Dave and Brian were my first friends and we were there whenever the doors were open, mostly......:). I will miss her always being hopeful and positive in every situation. Thanks Jo for your influence on my life and all those you met along the way. See you later. Phil

Donna White Marks
January 2nd, 2020 3:24pm
Clermont, Georgia

“My deepest condolences to your family during this time." Wonderful memories of your mother and my father at Wolcottville Elementary School. So sorry to hear about your loss.

Dennis Bobilya
January 2nd, 2020 12:34am
Fort Wayne

May you be warmly welcomed into heaven as you generously welcomed everyone into your home. Truly, A life well-lived and remembered.

Trisha (Honaker) Lalancette
January 2nd, 2020 12:32am
Wolcottville, IN

To Mrs. Joest’s Loved Ones, Please accept my sincere condolences. I remember Mrs. Joest as a wonderful, caring lady. She and my Mother, Sharon Honaker, were friends. Echo the Clown entertained at my birthday party one year when I was maybe 6 years-old. I’ll never forget her green yarn hair. I’m so sorry for your loss.

John Kent
January 1st, 2020 9:58pm
Tampa, Florida

May you rest in peace Mrs. Joest. My thoughts are with your family. You gave so much of yourself to the community. Many good memories of you.

Kathy Welch Paradowski
January 1st, 2020 8:27pm
Hudson, Wi

Jo was a second cousin to me. Will always remember her wedding. She was the most beautiful bride I had ever seen. I was 10 when she and Al married. Her mom, Aunt Louise was like a grandma to me. I remember all of you kids., but you were little when we lived in Indiana.

Jane & Tom Hulen
January 1st, 2020 5:28pm

To all of Josephine's family - our thoughts and prayers are with each of you - I have so many very fond memories of her in my heart and will always hold them dear - she was one great lady - God be with each of you,

Sheila Roesler
January 1st, 2020 3:56pm

I’d forgotten about Echo! Well done, good and faithful servant. RIP Jo, My prayers for peace and comfort are with you all.

Debbie Lehner Belshaw
January 1st, 2020 2:55am
Cincinnati, OH

Mrs Joest took me to Bible School one summer in grade and introduced me to Jesus. I didn’t give Him my heart until I was 25 but she planted a seed that took root and because of that I can look forward to seeing her again in heaven. Thank you Mrs Joest.

Timothy Knox
January 1st, 2020 12:17am

I never met or knew this woman but was struck by her picture that was posted on Facebook. What a beautiful young woman she was with such a look of kindness on her face. My wife actually asked me if I had seen this obituary as she felt the love in her picture as well. So sorry for the families loss. God Bless you.

Dallas n Linda Quinley
December 31st, 2019 10:26pm
Rome City

We are so sorry to hear of Jo's passing. We attended church with her and Al several years. We loved them both so much. Her beautiful voice is joining angels now. ❤️