of Chelsea, Michigan, age 94, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. She was born August 21, 1922 in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Edward H. and Marie Caroline (Schrempf) Merkel.
Jo was a faithful and active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, and was also a member of the Ladies of St. Mary. She worked at Rockwell in Chelsea for 37½ years, retiring in 1980. Jo was a loving mother and caring person who worked hard all her life to support her family. She was known for her infectious smile.
Survivors include three children, John (Mary Hammond) Bennett of Grass Lake, Jody (Dan) Elliott of Gregory, William “Bill” Bennett Jr. of Grass Lake; three grandsons Austin (Lacy Pyrzynski) Bennett, Jeff (Amanda) Elliott and Todd Elliott; a brother; Edward Merkel; and two sisters, CeCelia Houle, and Marie Tiffin; one great-granddaughter, Mabel Bennett Elliott; as well as many nieces and nephews. Jo was preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.
A Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, August 8, 11:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church in Chelsea, with the V. Rev. Dr. William J. Canon Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chelsea. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm, with a Vigil Service with a Rosary at 7:30 pm and at the church Tuesday from 10-11 am. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E Old US 12, Chelsea, MI 48118 or St. Louis Center, 16195 Old U.S. 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.