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Jo (JoAnn) Blake 1946-2016

Jul 6, 2016

Jo (JoAnn) Blake, 71, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at her home in Delray Beach, FL. Born Jan. 12, 1946 in Algona, she was the daughter of George H. and Edith (Cox) Blake.

Jo graduated from West Bend High School in 1964. Following graduation, she attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a B.A. in English and an M.A. in counseling. After many hours of supervision from renowned psycho-therapists, she was licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA. Jo loved her work and was very dedicated to her patients.

Jo led an interesting, amazing life. In 1984 she married Chuck Landis. Chuck was a highly respected psychologist. They both practiced professionally in Delray Beach, FL. Jo travelled extensively throughout her life. She was very artistic and accomplished in numerous mediums, sharing her work with friends and family. She was proud of her work with the HospitalArt organization, adding pieces of art throughout hospitals, to bring comfort to patients and families.

Jo is survived by her daughter, Melissa Blake; her Aunt, Phyllis Aschenbrenner; sisters-in-law Marge Blake and Mary Blake; seven nieces: Carmen Hamilton, Connie Kerns, Cristy Blake, Cathy Spotts, Kari Blake-Schany, Jackie Jensen, and Angi Louscher; several great-nieces and nephews; as well as many close friends in Florida whom she considered family.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck Landis; parents, George and Edith Blake; and brothers, Richard (Dick), John (Jack), and Jean, her twin.

Jo asked that anyone wishing to honor her and what she was about in the world, make a donation to Food for the Poor. Jo emphasized that she did not want people to “donate in her name,” but to simply make the donation.

If it interests you, you can donate to:

Food for the Poor

6401 Lyons Road

Coconut Creek, FL 33073


Respecting Jo’s wishes, there are no services planned at this time. Her family takes comfort in her words:

“Through all these years I have had great friends, wonderful joy, and great fun. Life is quite good enough.”