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Jo Mechlin Steetle

Modified: Monday, Mar 18th, 2013


Jo Mechlin Steetle


Jo Mechlin Steetle, 96, of Bellevue, Washington, passed away on February 28, 2013.

The memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 3PM, Saturday, March 23, 2013 at St Luke’s by the Sea Episcopal Church. The Reverend Susan Church of St Luke’s will be officiating. There will be an opportunity for those who wish to walk the labyrinth for quiet contemplation before or after the service. A reception will be held at the church following the service.

Jo was born in Franklin, Pennsylvania on November 2, 1916. She graduated from Baton Rouge High School in Baton Rouge LA. and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in music from Louisiana State University.

Jo was married to Ralph W. Steetle on August 2, 1940; they were married for 64 years.

Jo worked as a music teacher at Holliday Center in Portland Oregon, and relished her work with children. Her greatest joy was her family and her extended family. She was also passionate about grand opera, choral singing with the Central Coast Chorale, gardening and politics. She was actively involved in St Luke’s-by-the-Sea, ACLU, PEO, and the Seashore Family Literacy Center.

Jo is survived by her children Nancy Jo, Jane Erin and Ralph, and by her extended family that is as close as blood family: Ørnulf and Nina Bratlie, Judi Swift, Pauline and Paul Wong, John Edwards, Suzi and Jerry Giles. Grandchildren from that extended loving family include: Devin Glaser, Richard and Geri Wong and William and Anita Wong, Karl Eivand. Great grandchildren include, Steven and Evelyn Wong, Ryan, Alexa and Max Wong.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband Ralph.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to The Seashore Family Literacy Center in Waldport or the Americans Civil Liberty Union (ACLU).

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