KEARNEY — Josephine A. “Jo” Bissell, 95, of Kearney died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Mother Hull Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Kearney with the Rev. Melody Adams officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery near Gibbon.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremation Services in Kearney and one hour before services Friday at the church.


Jo was born on Aug. 3, 1924, on a farm near Gibbon in rural Buffalo County to George A. and Florence (Marshall) Bissell. She received her education in the rural schools of Buffalo County and later graduated from Kearney High School in 1941.

She taught three years in rural Buffalo County schools and then went to Mitchell, Grand Island and Kearney. She also taught one summer at the A.O. Thomas School on the college campus. Jo later attended Kearney State College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1955. She received the Educator of the Year award from the college in 1987. She taught for 44 years and one summer.

Her hobbies included sewing, traveling, photography and china painting. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma for over 50 years, Kearney Retired Teachers Association, Buffalo County Historical Society, Golden K Kiwanis, Kearney Platte Valley China Painters Club and First United Methodist Circle.

After moving to Regency Apartments, she was on the board and took pictures of activities and the new residents. These were put in their scrapbook.

Surviving relatives include her nieces and nephews, Vicki Bissell, Roger and Jackie Bissell, Eulah and Alex Gangwish and Dick Clark, all of Kearney, Bill and Terri Clark of Elwood, Don and Mary Clark of Thornton, Colo., Evelyn and Steve Jones of Kansas City, Mo., and Bob and Diana Clark of Meansville, Ga.; grandnieces and grandnephews, Marshall, Jason, Jeremiah, Benjamin, Eric, Corey, Tim, Christina, Angela, Jennifer, Becky, Denisa, Theresa, Rebecca, Dixie, Heather, Brian, Sam, Mary and Molly; and other extended family and friends.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents; sister and brother-in-law, Wanola and Earl Clark; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Idell Bissell; and niece, Karen Clark.

Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church or AseraCare Hospice.

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