Funeral services for Jo Schmit, 75, of Norfolk, will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 21, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Norfolk. Reverend David E. Cox will officiate and burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Home for Funerals.
Jo died at Heritage of Bel Air, Sunday, August 17, 2014.
Jo was born on February 22, 1939, at Pierce, NE, the daughter of Louis and Violet (Miller) Carstens. Jo was baptized on March 13, 1939 and confirmed on April 6, 1952 at Zion Lutheran Church in Pierce. She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Pierce High School in 1956. She was employed at the Norfolk Regional Center.
On March 29, 1959, Jo married Don Sohl. They made their home in Norfolk before moving to New York City and later Las Vegas. They returned to Norfolk in 1969. Jo worked for Dick Mapes Law Office prior to beginning her 40 year career with Dover Realtors.
As an Associate Broker, Jo earned the highest designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field, Certified Residential Specialist. She also earned Accredited Buyer Representative, Graduate of Realtors Institute, Graduate of Coldwell Banker University and Corporate Relocation Specialist. Jo was the recipient of the Realtor of the Year, Coldwell Banker President's Elite and President's Circle Award and she had been a multi-million dollar producer. After 34 years of continuous dedication, commitment, outstanding service, devotion and her perseverance, the Norfolk Board of Realtors presented Jo with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jo served multiple terms as President of the Norfolk Board of Realtors, served on the Board of Directors and numerous years on the education and program committees. She valued her continuing education and attending the State Convention.
On May 26, 1984, Jo married Jerry Schmit.
Serving the Norfolk community on Habitat for Humanity Board, Jo was present at every dedication of a new Habitat home. She was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Norfolk. She would take communion to the homebound members and enjoyed visiting with them. She was also known by her friends to prepare and deliver meals for them when they were under-the-weather.
She was active in the American Legion and enjoyed lining Norfolk Avenue with flags on the 4th of July which was sponsored by Coldwell Banker Dover Realtors.
Jo took great pride in raising her garden. She would share her produce.
Jo is survived by her two sons, Scott and his wife, Sherry Sohl, and Todd Sohl, all of Norfolk; four grandsons-Andy, Kellen, Blake and Kyle; seven great grandchildren; her siblings, Gerald and Jane Carstens, Pierce, Gene and Jan Carstens, Lincoln and Jan and Bob Buss, of Glen Burnie, MD.
She is preceded in death by her parents and daughter-in-law, Sonja Sohl.
Memorial may be directed to St. John's Lutheran Church.