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Jo Etta (Charlton) Loch

July 23, 1947 ~ July 11, 2019 (age 71)

Jo Etta Loch, 71, of Bemidji, MN died Thursday, July 11, 2019 in her home.

A Celebration of Life for Loren & Jo Etta will be 3-7:30 p.m., Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Northern Town Hall, Bemidji.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home.

In life, when you least expect it, a special person changes the way you view the world for the better. It’s not necessarily with one conversation or one incidence that something miraculous happens. It’s within the daily routines of life, during peaceful mornings drinking coffee, when you listen to the sounds of the loons calling, over the lake, as you sit together; the joyous dinners with friends who have grown to know each other over many decades. Within all the idiosyncrasies of day to day living is where you begin to understand the kind of love Jo Etta Loch created throughout the lives of everyone blessed enough to know her. She will be remembered by those who called her Sister, Aunt, Mother, Grandmother, and Friend as the first to see the good in everyone, above all else; and especially if she loved you.  She gave all of herself to everyone she loved without question. That is probably one of the most beautiful, and at times heartbreaking, gifts someone of Jo’s caliber could give to the world. A love that knew no bounds. A love that was unbreakable and unmoved even in times of hardship. If she only knew how brave she truly was and how much she taught us; and if you only knew how much she would blush if you told her these truths. Humble, kind, beautiful, and strong.  Jo Etta, you will be greatly missed, but forever treasured in our hearts. We are better for knowing you, and blessed because we were loved by you.

Jo Etta Loch was born 7/23/1947 at Bemidji hospital and passed away 7/11/2019, after fighting a lengthy illness; surrounded by family and friends who loved her, on her favorite lake. She is preceded in death by infant son David, parents Fred and Mary Charlton, husband Loren Loch, brothers: Dick, Bob, and Pat. She is survived by sister Amy, brother Mick (Barb), her four Sons: Brandon (Brenda), Jay, Robert, Gregg; and her six grandchildren, Marissa (Joseph), Jarrad, John, Brandon, Marcus (Stacie) and Dana as well as two great-grandchildren. Great-granddaughter Abigail and great-grandson Everett. Jo Etta loved many years of bowling, cards, golfing, walking on the beach picking shells and visiting with family and friends. She enjoyed watching family and friend’s kids play hockey and all sporting events. She was supportive and participated in many of their events over the years.

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