Jo-Ann M. Henle


Jo-Ann McDonald Henle, of Traverse City, died on Dec. 29, 2018 at her home of mucosal melanoma, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ and his promise of resurrection to eternal life.
Born Feb. 25, 1950 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Jo-Ann attended Hill Park High School and then Park Business College. She studied clarinet, music theory, and ballet at the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, participated in church and school choirs, concert band, drama society, and the Girl Guides of Canada. Her favorite part of early school, though, was summer vacation, when the family travelled north to the farms, villages, rocks and sand of the Manitoulin Island in Georgian Bay.
She met Kurt J. Henle, the love of her life, in Hamilton, Ontario and immigrated to the United States in 1973. The couple married in Downington, Pennsylvania on June 27, 1973, and their life together was greatly blessed with two dear sons, Nikolas and Alexander.
Jo-Ann attended the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in English. Her studies were interrupted by a family career move to the University of Utah and then to University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, challenges she met with quiet courage and a sense of adventure. Even so, she never lost sight of her goal of finishing her degree. After beloved sons, Nikolas and Alexander, went off to college themselves, Jo-Ann attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, picking up where she left off and graduating Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in English/History.
A life-long writer, Jo-Ann was also a latter-day family historian; full-time homemaker/mother extraordinaire; volunteer in church, school and community; co-founder of two writing groups; co-founder of St. Thomas Reformed Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas; assistant to the rector of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Webster Groves, Missouri; co-founder of All Saints Anglican Church in Traverse City; church lay reader; leader in Community Bible Study in Little Rock and St. Louis; member of the Order of the Daughters of the King, and the American Association of University Women.
Jo-Ann was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by her beloved family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Kurt; sons, Nikolas and Alexander (Brandy); grandsons, Gavin and Walter; her brother, Michael W. (Robyn) McDonald; and her sister, Peggy Anne (Mel) Scott; as well as her niece and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Walter E. W. and Audrey L. McDonald; and her sister, Jane S. (John) Kaufmann.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Hospice of Michigan, especially nurse, Angel Kelly, for their excellent support and care.
A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home with Bishop David Thomas Hustwick officiating.
Burial was made in Monroe Center Cemetery, Blair Township, Grawn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Saints Anglican Church, c/o Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share your memories of Jo-Ann by visiting her online tribute page at
The family is being cared for and served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on January 6, 2019
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