Jo Ann Woltkamp

Jo Ann Woltkamp

May 15, 1929-February 10, 2021

Jo Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Leona Jewett; husbands, Charles Wilkins and Adrian Woltkamp; son, David Woltkamp.  She is survived by sons, Alan Wilkins (Joan), Roger Woltkamp (Doris); daughter, Connie Biddle (Charles); grandchildren: Jenny Gallogly, Anna Nelson, Christina Weaklend (Peter), Carissa Powers (Kip), Charles Biddle II, Cayden Haiar (Andy), Lorrie Johnson (Mark), Becky Graf, and Jenny Trebil (Brad); great-grandchildren: Charlotte Brewer,  Brendan Weaklend (Julie), Evan Weaklend, Cohen Weaklend, Chloe Biddle, Kori Nuzum (Keenan), Cooper Powers, Karsyn Powers, Colton Haiar, Ella Rose Haiar, Conner Johnson (Emy), Luke Johnson, Adrienne Trebil, and Grant Trebil; great-great-grandson, Remy Nuzum; sister, Norma Kraner.

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Tuesday, February 16th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, Feb. 17th at 11am, West Center Chapel.  Interment, Forest Lawn.  Memorials are suggested to Lauritzen Gardens or Omaha Community Playhouse.

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Jo Ann grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, but spent her adult life in Omaha.  After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, she took secretarial classes at UNO.  Jo Ann married the first love of her life, Charles Wilkins, in 1948.  They welcomed their son Alan in 1951 and daughter Connie in 1954.  Jo Ann was a devoted and loving mother.  She was an executive secretary to the president of Paxton Mitchell Company.  Jo Ann was an accomplished hostess, often trying out new recipes on her friends and family.  She went on to become the executive director of the Downtown Rotary Club.  This was a dream job for her.  She and Charlie were able to travel to many wonderful places, including Italy and Hawaii. Charlie passed away in 1981.

She was happy to welcome daughter-in-law, Joan, and two granddaughters to the family.

Jo Ann married Adrian Woltkamp, the second love of her life, in 1986.  She gained two more sons, David and Roger Woltkamp and daughter-in-law, Doris, along with three more granddaughters.  Life was great, entertaining her friends and family by the pool. She and Wally did more traveling to destinations including Japan and Alaska.  Wally passed away in 1997.

Jo Ann’s family expanded again when she welcomed son-in-law, Chuck, four grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

Jo Ann was most proud to be a founding board member of the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens. She often told of her group’s meeting with mayor Daub that negotiated the land that Lauritzen Botanical Gardens currently occupies. She remained on the board for ten years.

Jo Ann loved a good joke, which proved invaluable in her many years with the Rotary–sometimes to the embarrassment of her children who were never quite sure if she really understood the bawdy ones!

Jo Ann’s favorite things were bridge, family, travel, PEO and more bridge! Cruises were her preferred mode of travel, but free cruises teaching bridge was pure heaven on earth for Jo Ann.  She traveled to destinations including Australia, New Zealand, Mediterranean and South America with her daughter, Connie.

Ballroom dancing was always a part of her life.  She also enjoyed going to the casino.

Most of all, Jo Ann loved being a mom, grandmother and great grandmother.  Jo Ann was loved and admired by all her family and friends.  She will be missed “until we meet again.”



  • Kristi Pederson Posted February 14, 2021 7:24 pm

    Dear Connie, I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom. I have so many fond memories of lazy afternoons by her pool every summer. She was always a joy at every party too. You were blessed to have a great mom.

  • Lorrie Rusk Posted February 15, 2021 9:18 am

    Dear family – so sorry for your loss – I met JoAnn through a singles group and we had many fun times together AND she tolerated my bridge.

  • Joanne Klosner Posted February 15, 2021 8:26 pm

    What a fun and lovely lady! I have so many great memories of Jo Ann playing bridge and cruising .Everyone admired her. My prayers are with her dear family.

  • Karen and Joe Verdirame Posted February 16, 2021 8:32 am

    Dear Ones, Jo Ann was such a special lady and a wonderful friend. We had many happy hours together at the bridge table. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Jim Knierim Posted February 20, 2021 10:22 am

    Connie, your mother was a kind, fun, nice, friendly and engaging lady. She welcomed so many people into her home (poolside) and always seemed to glow with sunshine as she greeted you. I am sure you will miss her dearly. My prayers are with you.

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