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Josephine Rose "Jo" Cook Shook

Malibu, CA

Josephine Rose "Jo" Cook Shook, was born March 10, 1921, and passed peacefully at home April 26, 2018. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, to Josef and Franciska (Pucelj) Cuk (Cook), the fifth of eight children.

Josephine decided at an early age that she wanted to become a teacher.  After she graduated high school, she went to work at Richman Bros Co as a seamstress for six years, sewing men's suits, to save enough money to attend college. She then attended Kent State University, and earned her bachelor's degree in education. She taught 4th, 5th and 6th graders in elementary schools in Cleveland and Springfield, Ohio. 

She married Manson Glenn "Jack" Shook in 1950, had two daughters, and settled in what is now Huber Heights, Ohio.  Jo became a full-time homemaker, and was active as a girl scouts "brownie" troop leader, teaching her daughters, and the girls in her brownie troops how to sew, how to lead, and how to follow their dreams. She helped raise each of her grandchildren, and she taught them all to read and write well before they ever attended school.  She also provided after school care for many years.

Josephine campaigned against annexation of her local community by the city of Dayton, which helped Huber Heights to officially become a city. She cherished her right to vote, encouraged others to vote, and volunteered her time at the local election polls for many, many years. She helped her family pursue and win a difficult court case against elder abuse. She recycled before it became a household word, supported banning DDT and other toxic chemicals, boycotted foods with dangerous additives, and helped make our world a better place. 

She is survived by her daughters, Virginia Williamson (Gary), and Jaclynn Shook (Mark Kuruzovich Sr.); four grandchildren, Eric Williamson, MD (Rachel Berk), Jennifer Shook Day (Mike), Tyler Williamson (Joyce Funda), and Travis Williamson (Allison Everdeen); great-granddaughter Raylee Shook and great-grandson Rudolph Berk Williamson, sister-in-law Anne Cook (Daniel); three nieces, Jacqueline Albers, Catherine Cook, and Amy Everhardt (Mike), and ten nephews, Joel Cook, Craig Cook (Nancy), Don Cook (Carolyn), Ken Cook (Linda), Stephen Cook, Richard Cook, Ray Kazura (Kelley), Peter Kazura, Thomas Cook (Anita), Lawrence Cook, and many more dear family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; six brothers and one sister, Joseph, Frank, Anthony, Olga Kazura, Henry, Rudolph, and Daniel. 

Visitation will be held in Springfield, Ohio at Littleton and Rue Funeral Home, 830 N. Limestone St., from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on May 25, 2018. A brief graveside service will take place in Seville, Ohio, at Mound Hill Cemetery, 4529 Seville Rd, at 11:00 a.m. on May 26, 2018.


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