JoAnn “Jody” Fike
December 9, 1935 – November 11, 2020
Preceded in death by parents, John and Annamay White; brothers: Jack White, Bob White and Jerry White. Survived by husband, Charlie Fike; daughters, Lisa Gregory (Mike) and Lindy Donoho (Tony); son, John Helme; grandchildren: Ashley Johnson, Brian Johnson, Katie Gregory (Kyle Ray), Sam Donoho, Anthony Donoho, Andrew Donoho and Melissa Nielsen (Wil); great-grandchildren: Rylee Johnson, Norah Johnson and Liam Nielsen; nephews: Michael S. White, Jeff White (Patti), Mike White (Ellie), Andy White, Owen White, Flynn Mulder, Jim Knight (Tammy) and Charles Knight; nieces: Colleen Mulder (Jared), Molly JoAnn White, Anne Knight, Dianne Onserud (Guy) and Mary McFarlin; and many friends.
Private FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, November 16th at 11am. INTERMENT: Hillcrest Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to Girls Inc., Nebraska Educational Television, St. Luke United Methodist Church or the Siena/Francis House.
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JoAnn “Jody” Fike (White) was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 9, 1935 to AnnaMay White and John C. White Sr. She grew-up in Dundee and graduated from Central High School. Jody went on to attend Omaha University (OU) where she was a member and President of Chi Omega sorority and where she made many life-long friends. She was the 1956 College World Series Queen and received a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from OU in 1957. Jody had three children, Lisa, Lindy, and John, with her first husband, Cal Helme.
Jody and Charlie, having known each other since the third grade at Dundee School and attending Central High together, resumed their friendship in 1964 with Charlie’s return to Omaha from law school in California and were married August 4, 1965. Jody was very involved in the Omaha community and served in many capacities such as President of the Omaha Junior League, Chairman of the Ak-Sar-Ben Women’s Ball Committee, Director of the first Health Fair of the Midlands for the Omaha Red Cross. Jody was the 1979 United Way of the Midlands Volunteer of the Year, received the Girls Club of America Distinguished Service Award in 1979, and she served on numerous Boards of Directors including those of the Joslyn Women’s Association, Omaha Ballet Society, Girls Club of Omaha, Omaha Symphony Guild, and more recently served on the Nebraska Humanities Council. Jody loved the city of Omaha and gave of her time to many causes in her community over the years. Jody began selling real estate for NP Dodge Company in 1983, partnering with her life-long friend, Sharon, since 1989.
Jody loved Nebraska football. Tailgates, game-day picnics, watch parties and away games have been a favorite pastime for Jody, Charlie, many friends, and family for decades. Jody played bridge, beginning with her mother and grandmother, and continuing for the rest of her life with numerous bridge groups including Charlie and her duplicate bridge group the OGRABO’s (Okoboji Golf, Rackets, And Bridge Outing). She was a wonderful cook and hostess. If there was an occasion, Jody loved to plan for it and celebrate it. She loved music, laughter, cookbooks, her home, flowers, and setting her holiday tables for family gatherings. Most of all, she loved her grandchildren, Ashley, Katie, Anthony, Andrew, Melissa and Sam, and her great-grandchildren Rylee, Norah and Liam.