In Memory of Josephine "Jo" M. Vitek

Josephine "Jo" M. Vitek
Josephine "Jo" M. Vitek
Born: July 3, 1920
Died: September 1, 2016
Age: 96
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Josephine "Jo" M. Vitek
July 3, 1920 - September 1, 2016
From: Ida Grove, IA

Josephine “Jo” M. Vitek, age 96, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the Morningside Healthcare Community of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Committal Services will be held in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to


Josephine “Jo” M. Vitek was born July 3, 1920, in Lesterville, South Dakota to Joseph A. and Josephine E. (Vyborny) Pekas.  She attended school and graduated from Lesterville, South Dakota in 1935. She continued her education at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota for a year learning secretarial work. Jo took the civil service test in 1941 and in 2 weeks was called to work in Washington, D.C., for the Maritime Commission in the ship building department.

In 1943, she left Washington, D.C. and traveled to Columbia, South Carolina to marry Clarence Vitek on June 29, 1943, at the air force base chapel, Clarence being in WW II.  She worked for the draft board and was later promoted to the capital of South Carolina, where she worked for Selective Service for the state.

In 1946 Jo and Clarence started for home to South Dakota after his discharge from air force.  Both went to school in Vermillion, South Dakota and Clarence was given the opportunity to go to school for Lumber yard management. The couple then moved to Ida Grove, Iowa, where Clarence learned to be a manager in the lumber yard business under the GI bill.

In 1948 they moved to Plymouth, Iowa, where Clarence operated a large lumber yard and they were blessed with a daughter, Connie.  In 1950, the family moved back to Ida Grove and Clarence operated the local lumber yard until he retired in 1973.

Jo worked for many offices in Ida Grove, the Court house, abstract office, law office and the telephone company, in 1973 she retired.  She was president of American Legion Auxiliary, member of past presidents, helped with bloodmobile, volunteered at the Horn Memorial Hospital and Morningside Care Center. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers, playing cards at card club, and a trip to the casino.

Jo took over her Dad’s advertising company Pekas Duplicator Co. and her daughter Connie still runs it today.

Survivors are her beloved daughter, Connie Jo Vitek; sister, Mary Jane (Ray) Scherschligt; brother, Joseph (Kay) Pekas; 9 nieces, 2 nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews; many friends, and special friend Jane O’Tool, whom she called her second daughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Clarence.


Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Tuesday
September 6, 2016

Sacred Heart
Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Tim Harrington
Scott Summers
Marc Rentschler
Brent Summers
Dean O'Tool
Randy Mildenstein

Honorary Pallbearers
Tony Rausch
Arnie Richtermeier


One Hour Prior
To The Service

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tues., September 6, 2016

Sacred Heart
Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Joseph Pekas, Pianist
Karen Harrington, Cantor


Sacred Heart
Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:40 AM
“Jo was a big part of Morningside. She had volunteered and been on the auxiliary for many years before she came to live with us. She will be missed by many of us. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Chris Wunschel
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 12:28 PM
“Connie and family,
I was sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I have many fond memories of her (and you) when I would be at my grandparents next door. I remember the big garden that your parents raised and their little poodle. Jo was always very kind to my grandmother, especially after Grandpa passed away. I know you will miss her, but I'm sure you have many fond memories too, which will comfort you.”
- Vicki (Sahl) Madsen
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM
“We were so blessed to have Clarence and Jo as part of our growing up, family vacations and just great friends! She will always be in my heart as part of my family. My condolences to you Connie and your family.”
Monday, September 5, 2016 at 11:37 AM
“When I think of Aunt Babe, I remember the smell of Taboo, her favorite perfume. She was so fun to play cards with. You couldn't get anything by her. To me she always had that mischievous sparkle in her eye which I think kept her looking so young for so long. A beautifully long life lived well. May God's perpetual light shine upon her. Amen!”
- Deborah K. Rausch
Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 10:22 AM
“Our family was truly blessed to call Jo friend. She will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
- Judy Ohlmann Burgus
Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 10:22 AM
“Jo was a very sweet and caring lady. She always knew you and would stop to visit with a person.
You have my deepest sympathy. Pat Schultz”
- Mrs Leslie (Pat) Schultz
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