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Jo A. Croft

July 10, 1941 - January 13, 2021

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Jo Anna (Diller) Croft, 79, of Bluffton, passed away January 13, 2021, surrounded by family.
Jo was born July 10, 1941 to Archie and Velma Diller. Jo was kind and loving, she exuded warmth and set all at ease with her calming demeanor.
She was raised in Bluffton and graduated with a teaching degree from Bluffton University. Jo was beloved by students in her elementary and Montessori school classrooms. On August 4, 1990, she married Bill Croft and they shared 30 loving years together. Jo loved spending time with family, especially delighting in time with her grandchildren. She and Bill enjoyed cultivating their beautiful flower gardens, traveling, movies and countless card games with siblings. Jo was active in the community as a member of the First Mennonite Church and the Lion’s Club, and she also volunteered at Bluffton Hospital, was a poll worker during elections in Bluffton and delivered Meals on Wheels. Jo was a dear friend to many, and could often be found discussing books, current events and sharing stories with her many book clubs, the Red Hat Club or over her weekly lunches with friends.
She is survived by her husband Bill; daughter, Rachelle (Steve) Army, son, Bruce (Dawn) Burkhart, daughter, Carrie (Dave) Bryner, daughter, Shelby Croft; grandchildren, Nick (Tracy) Army, Adam (Emma), Mason (Andrea) and Lane Harper, Macy, Olivia and Maclane Bryner, Brecken Flynn and Maverick Gross; great-granddaughters, Everleigh Army and Kennedy Harper; brothers, Peter (Marilu) Diller and Darrel (Sally) Diller and sister, Clarabeth (Dwight) Bixel. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Rachel, Jean (Russel) Suter, and Cathryn (Jim) Kiene and brother, Ted (Joan) Diller.
A private service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


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