Josephine M. James
March 4, 1924 – June 29, 2020
Josephine “Jo” Mary (Hoffmann) James was born on March 4, 1924, the eighth child of Julius and Anna Hoffmann. She was welcomed into heaven on June 29, 2020.
She is preceded in death by her husband Walter Dudley James Jr, her parents, siblings: Frederick, Aloysius, Johanna, Amelia, Julius (Jute), Gregory, and Clemens Hoffmann, and grandson Christopher Rudloff.
She is survived by her sister, Agnes Hoffmann Schleppenbach; 10 children: Mary Ann (Mike) Sexton, Aggie (Mark) Albanese, Liz (Kevin) Joyce, Carol James (Richard Sparling), Walter Dudley James III, Vincent James, Joe (Shaun) James, Cecilia (Jim) Rudloff, Paul (Maria) James, John (Tracy) James, and daughters-in-law Carole Andersen and Elke James; Grandchildren: Paul (Shana) Sexton, Bridget (Brian) Downey, Dakota Sexton, Anne-Marie (Dan) Lerner, Lisa Albanese, Amy (Dave) Bittrich, Mark (Heidi) Albanese, Michael (Kim) Joyce, Sean (Tara) Joyce Whipp, Claire Sparling (Alexandre Borger), Adrien Sparling, Lucas Sparling, Taylor James, Delaney James, Alexandra James, Sabrina James, Dan (Jac) James, Alex James, Katie James, Justin (Annie) Rudloff, Abby Rudloff-Royer (Zach Royer), Joel (Kate) Rudloff, Patrick (Kelly) James, Christine (Kyle) Dickerson, Catherine James, Ben James, Rachel James, Matthew James, and Peter James; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Jo grew up on a farm in Pierce, NE. After finishing high school she attended Creighton University’s St Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha, NE, and met her husband Walt who was a student at Creighton University during that time. They were married at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Pierce, NE, on April 11, 1950. She was a devoted wife and loving mother to 10 children. While raising her children she also was a strong supporter of Christian Family Movement and active in pro-life activities. Once her kids were grown, she worked at Douglas County Hospital in the mid-90s. Jo always remembered her roots, her German-Austrian heritage was an important part of her life, and included giving her grandchildren and great grandchildren German nicknames. She could list her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren (complete with German nicknames) as part of her daily “mental gymnastics”. She sent cards on birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates throughout life (with a little help in her last few years).
She maintained and actively nurtured relationships with classmates from Pierce, friends from nursing school, and the Women’s Altar Society at Holy Cross Parish. If she hadn’t heard from you in a few weeks she would call!
She and Walt both had strong pride in being residents of the state of Nebraska. They took many of their grandchildren on a week-long camping trip (a few at a time) around the state to experience the history of Nebraska.
Grandchildren and great grandchildren knew Jo, as Gram, as the grandma who would attend graduations, showers, marriages, and crawl around on the floor and play Cooga-la-la-la with them even into her 90s!
A small private Catholic service is being held, with a plan for a celebration of life event to occur in Summer 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in her memory to Mercy High School (https://www.mercyhigh.org/), Creighton Preparatory High School (https://www.creightonprep.org/), Bethlehem House (https://bethlehemhouseomaha.org/), or any other prolife organization.
To view a live broadcast of the Visitation, Rosary and Mass, go to our website at 9:30am on Tuesday, July 7th and click the View Live Cast button on our homepage.