Jo Ann Langley, 77, passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2021, in her home in Eagle River, Wis. She was surrounded by the love of her family and friends and aided by the gentle and amazing help of the angels of Compassus hospice.

Our beloved Jo was born in Rockdale, Wis., on Aug. 11, 1944, to two loving parents.

She became a sister 10 years later. Her childhood was spent in this small town where her parents owned the local grocery store.

After graduating high school, Jo attended Columbia College of Nursing where she earned her degree as an RN.

She and her roommate, Carolyn - a lifelong best friend - were diligent students, but also found ways to have fun along the way, making some amazing and hilarious memories together. Their stories from nursing school days were always a party favorite.

After college, Jo moved to Madison, Wis. Her first job as an RN included working with children at Children’s Treatment Center in Madison.

There she met her husband, George in 1966. They married in 1967. They had three daughters, whom Jo adored and taught to be strong, compassionate and independent women.

In 1980 Jo and her family moved to Eagle River, where she and George have lived ever since.

Jo was an RN for an impressive 43 years, from 1965 to 2008. Her hands showed her many years of taking blood pressures and soothing patients with her always gentle touch.

She was well known and adored by many community members for her compassion and kind treatment, no matter what they were facing.

She was so well known and loved that her daughters hated to go grocery shopping with her, as it was often an extra hour in the store with her talking to any and everyone who knew her. In fact, even her grandchildren can speak to this!

Jo was and always will be especially adored by her loving family. She spent her early years of marriage to George often on a lake fishing or in the woods, cross-country skiing.

In their later years she enjoyed trips to such places as Cancun, Belize and Venezuela with friends, and some years with her children.

As Jo was less able to travel, she spent many hours with George driving around enjoying the beautiful views of the North Woods, where they raised their family. They have owned and loved many golden retrievers together as a part of their family, including their current baby, Lizzy who is already missing her daily snuggles and love.

They also currently have their grandson’s black lab, Thunder. They both provided incredible support to Jo.

Jo spent the last 22 years of her life loving her grandchildren like no other Nana on earth. She cherished every moment she had with each of them and made a million special memories, even when some were living as far away as Hawaii.

She will also be missed by her extended family of nieces and nephews and their children, who also adored her. And of course, her friends.

Jo was cherished by many friends from both Madison and Eagle River with whom she enjoyed countless hours.

The sauna, fire-heated outdoor hot tub and stays at Lakeshore Cabins on Lake Superior were some of her favorite things.

She spent time enjoying nature, walking, talking, studying, philosophizing, cooking, making soap, sharing books, drinking wine and most importantly, enjoying the company of her treasured friends.

She loved walking the beaches of Lake Superior hunting for beach glass & cool rocks and long hikes in the Porcupine Mountains, in any season.

Jo was a dedicated volunteer for many years with Olson Memorial Library, The Warehouse Art Center and in her church, First Congregational UCC in Eagle River, where she was an active and generous member.

Jo is and always will be adored by her loving family, and now she will be missed.

She is survived by her husband, George of 54 years; and her daughters, Trista Langley-Tyler (Tod), Tonya Allison (Tim - passed 2/9) and Tara Langley. But most importantly, her biggest treasures in life, her grandchildren, Michael, Syrus, Grace, Lily, Drew and Rose (presented in order of birth.)

She has reunited with her beloved parents, Anfin and Marion Christianson; her brother, Roger; and her beloved son-in-law, Tim, in eternal peace.

A Celebration of Life will take place at First Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, Nov. 13. Visitation will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Service at 3 p.m. will be concluded with a gathering in the Fellowship Hall to talk and enjoy memories.

Arrangements by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at