Jo Ann Ruth Stroup
1943 - 2021
Cappadona Funeral Home
1020 E. Fillmore Street
Colorado Springs, CO

Jo Ann Ruth

(Olson) Stroup

February 22, 1943

November 9, 2021

Jo Ann Stroup, 78, died unexpectedly in Monument, CO, along with her husband Robert. Born to Ruth and Albert Olson, Jo Ann was the youngest of three children. She grew up in Forest City, IA, was active in school music and the First Baptist Church, and graduated from Forest City High School in 1961. Following high school, Jo Ann attended Eastern Wyoming College, followed by a position at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

She married Robert Stroup from Corwith, IA, on June 5, 1965. After living in Richfield, MN, for a year, the couple moved to McCook, NE, in 1966. They moved for work opportunities to various locations in Colorado and Nebraska over the next decade. In 1979, they built a home in Monument.

In 1982 Jo Ann started working at Compassion International in Colorado Springs and spent most of her nearly 40 year career helping thousands of children worldwide experience Christ's love. She led hundreds of sponsor trips to challenging regions of Africa, Central and South America, and Asia. Many of these sponsored children have grown to be prominent leaders in their countries.

Jo Ann and Bob, taking along their beloved dogs, enjoyed camping, and she loved conversation over coffee with her many friends. Jo Ann was a devoted and much-loved aunt to her nieces and nephews. She will always be remembered as an energetic and caring person who loved to tell stories about her world-spanning adventures and who brought a smile to everyone she met. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Marvin and Dean.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Memorials may be made to Compassion International or a charity of choice. Memories may be shared at Cappadona Funeral Home.
Published by The Gazette on Nov. 21, 2021.
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JoAnn and I started working at Compassion Int'l on the same day(exact day now forgotten) in the summer of 1980 (not 1982). She was always so kind to all she met and made everyone she interacted with feel special. I will miss her greatly.
Michelle Savage
November 24, 2021
Jo Ann never knew a stranger and was always so energetic in all her work at Compassion, where I met her shortly after starting in 2003. She was such a dear, loving lady. My husband and I were on a Sponsor trip with her as the lead to Peru and heard many on the staff in the country call her "Mama", which was truly shown in all her interaction with everyone. She and her husband will be greatly missed, but they are with their Lord and Savior.
Beth Herndon
November 23, 2021
So sorry Bob. Jo Ann's energy and love for people were obvious to all. I cam hear God, "well done my good and faithful servent"!. Al passed on 11 17 so know you two are enjoying the best place you have ever been!
Pat Correll
November 22, 2021
Joannie not sure how you escaped without saying "see you later" and Bob you not seeing Mike and Jacob´s latest garage project but truly none of that matters bc you have seen our Lord. No turning back. Thank you for taking a risk on me and hiring me and for teaching me how to love and serve others. I´m forever thankful that God purposed for our paths to cross. You´ll forever be in our hearts so here is until we meet again.
Mike and Quinetta
November 21, 2021
This is so sad, and yet I know she is basking in the light and presence of The Lord. JoAnn and I met in 1980 when we worked in Assignments for Compassion when it first moved to The Springs. She was a ready smile and word of encouragement for all of us. She leaves a hole.
Derry Gleason
November 20, 2021
Fondly remembering Jo Ann and the loving care and compassion she showed to everyone who crossed her path, personally experiencing it on two sponsor trips she led. Extremely saddened by her sudden departure from this world, but comforted knowing that she is now in Heaven with her beloved Jesus.
Judy Myers
November 20, 2021
So incredibly shocked and saddened to hear of Jo Ann and Bob´s passing. She was such a bright light at Compassion, and truly embodied what we were all about, caring so very much for the welfare of all those little ones. You will be so missed, my friend. Looking forward to seeing you again, and so glad you are both together.
Mitzi Cecere
November 20, 2021
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