MORTON - Joan Rose Aldus was born April, 1, 1929, in Galesburg, to Thomas and Martha Von Drake, and passed away peacefully at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Morton, at the age of 87. Jo married Richard Earl Aldus in 1950 and later divorced. Richard preceded her death on May 8, 2003. They had four children who are still surviving: Steven Michael Aldus, Debra Lee Ford, James Dean Aldus and Barbara Jo Hall. She has nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are her brother, Jerry Von Drake of Peoria; her sister, Darlene Mayer of Jacksonville, Arkansas; four nieces and nephews; and three great-nieces and nephews. Jo was a switchboard operator at the CB&Q Burlington Northern and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in Galesburg. She also worked as a switchboard operator at the Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, and as a switchboard operator at the Hotel Custer in Galesburg. She later worked at Walmart in Princeton and Galesburg before retiring. In her younger years Jo loved family time swimming at Lake Storey and Lake Bracken, and spending time in the sun. She taught swimming for a few years at the City Pool in Galesburg. Jo loved bowling. Her team league won the State Championships. Mom and her partner also won the All Galesburg Doubles Bowling Team Championship. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and reading romantic novels and westerns in her free time. Jo Aldus - mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was a very outgoing person who never knew a stranger. She was loved by many and treasured by her family. We are saddened by the loss of Jo, but we are also grateful her suffering is at an end. Joan Rose Aldus, may you rest in Heavenly peace.
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