Jo Ann Kiefer (nee Perry), 83, a longtime resident of Oak Park and a more recent resident of Lake Barrington Woods Retirement Community, died on Oct. 11, 2018 surrounded by her family. Born on Jan. 23, 1935 in Monroe, Michigan, she attended Summerfield High School in Petersburg, Michigan. She worked for many years at Concordia University in River Forest and, prior to that, for many years at the YMCA College in Chicago. She was ahead of her time, active in many women’s groups, and a passionate supporter of equal rights for all.
Jo Ann Kiefer is survived by Joseph M. Kiefer, her husband of 48 years; her children William A. (Judy Curtis) Freberg and Helen (David) Wachowiak; her grandchildren, Lana Marie Casey, Erica Jo (Scott) Diehl and Hannah Wachowiak; her great-grandchild, Charlotte Diehl; her siblings, David (Eva) Perry and Carol Brzuchalski; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clara Jane Loveridge and William Perry; and her sister, Linda Perry.
Private services were provided by the Illinois Cremation Society.