Jo N. Christenham
Date of Birth
March 6, 1940
Omaha, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
May 18, 2020
Ashland, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Private Service
Friday, May 22, 2020 ~ 11:00 a.m.
United Methodist Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska

*Service will be live streamed on Marcy Mortuary Facebook page.


United Methodist Church ~ Ashland, Nebraska

Jo N. Christenham, 80 years, of Ashland, NE, entered into rest on Monday, May 18, 2020 at her home in Ashland, NE.  She was born March 6, 1940 in Omaha, NE to Joe and Angeline (Canova) Valentino.  Jo graduated from Mercy High School in Omaha, NE.  On September 17, 1960, she was married to Thomas Christenham in Omaha, NE.  She worked for Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools for 39 years.

Jo was a member of the Ashland United Methodist Church where she was active in the Ruth Circle.  She enjoyed traveling, Husker football games, playing Bridge, photography and spending time with her family.

She is survived by husband, Thomas Christenham; children, Tony (Rachel) Christenham of Omaha, NE, Tom Jr. (Maria) Christenham of South Carolina and Patty (Pat) Kerres of Omaha, NE; grandchildren, Dylan Christenham, Connor Christenham, Lindsey Christenham, Zac (Megan) Christenham, Pat Christenham, Brittley (Chad) Smith, Nancy (Miguel) Christenham-Flores, Shawn Christenham, Lizeth Guardado, Endira Guardado, Stephany Torres, Jorge Torres and Edward Torres; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers, Michael (Cindy) Valentino and Joe Valentino; many other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by daughter, Vicki Christenham; granddaughter, Elizabeth Christenham; parents, Joe and Angeline Valentino; sister, Edith Pospisil; step-mother, Flora Valentino.

Condolences for Jo N. Christenham
  1. Stu Essman
    • May 19, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Tom and family,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of our friend Jo. She was a friend to everyone and was a joy to have at Ashland Greenwood Schools.
    May God grant you be peace at this time.
    Stu and Denise Essman

  2. Randy & Karen Wiese
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Tom, may you find comfort in knowing that your loss is felt by many hearts. Let us know if there is anything we can help with other than prayers.

  3. Renee Kucera
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Tom and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Jo was so loved by everyone who knew her, especially her AG family.
    Jim and Renee

  4. Jean Stewart
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    So sorry for Tom and the family. Her wonderful smile and happy personality will be missed by many.

  5. Bob Schofield
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    I, as well as many students at AGHS will never forget Mrs. “C”….. During our high school days she was THE face of the office. It never seemed like she was having a bad day, even though years later, I now realize she put up with more stress and troubles in the school office than any of us realized. We always felt “seen” by Mrs. C, and you felt like you had someone in your corner just because you knew her. The Schofields send our love and prayers to Tom and the entire family as we celebrate a special life God created and yet mourn the loss of someone so special…….Until we see you again Mrs, C…..

  6. • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    May Jo be at Peace and give Comfort to her family.
    Exceptional,friendly,caring woman,vital team-member to the A/G staff.
    May all your memories flood your hearts and give you peace.
    Leslie Krings

  7. Sheila Schulte
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Tom and Family,
    I’m sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady.

    Love and Blessings,
    Sheila Schulte

  8. Melissa Hogle
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    We are so sorry to hear this! Jo had left such a positive impact on my life as I was a student at the Ashland high school. We will greatly miss her! You and your family are in our prayers always. May God wrap His arms around you and your family, as He comforts you. We pray for peace for you and your family.

    Love The Hogle Family.

  9. Mathew Meyer
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Sorry to hear of the passing of such an amazing woman. Mrs.Christenham inspired thousands of young minds and hearts alike. Jo’s positive demeanor and beautiful smile taught me to always share your love and friendship with anyone you cross paths with. May you Rest In Peace.

  10. Vana Rogers
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    So very sorry to hear about Jo. Please know others are thinking of you at this time.

    Vana Rogers

  11. Jolene Wagner
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    My condolences to Jo’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Jo at the school. She was so loved and will be missed.

  12. Judy Smith
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Tom, I am so sorry to hear of Jo’s passing. You and Jo were very special to my husband, Chuck Smith. You made sure he had a ride to church when he lived at The Oxbow. He was very appreciative of all your gracious help. You and Jo were so kind to me when I would visit. Memories are always in our hearts, keep them of Jo in your heart.
    Hope in Christ
    Judy Smith

  13. Ray Bentzen
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Tom and Family,
    Please know that I share in your grief at the loss of such a wonderful person.

    I was honored to have been Jo’s colleague at Ashland-Greenwood for twenty years.

    Despite what job titles might have said, I always felt like I worked for Jo. And that is something I am proud of.

  14. • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Sorry for your loss. I remember the early years Jo joined our family. We got together often and had many enjoyable times. Too bad distance and, of course, time changed our ability to continue th0se gatherings. What a great lady. I will miss her smile and her wit!

  15. • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Tom and family
    Jo has impacted so many lives. She has made a positive change for many students. She will be remembered for so many things.
    I have many happy memories from working with her.
    Prayers for all.

  16. • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Tom and Family, She always had a smile. She did so much for the kids at school. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  17. Della Henriksen
    • May 20, 2020 - 3 months ago

    To the Christenham families, my mother Pat Dargantes and I send our deepest condolences and prayers for Jo. Her bright smile and caring nature welcomed us to Ashland and befriended us for many many years. She is now a bright star, an agel over us. Take care and God Bless.

  18. • May 21, 2020 - 3 months ago

    To Tom & Family:
    Sorry to hear of Jo’s passing. She was such good person and was always so upbeat. She was my children’s babysitter and good bridge buddy. She will be missed.

  19. Nate Tonjes
    • May 21, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Tom & Family
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Was great getting to know Jo at AGHS. Will always remember her smile could lift you up on some tough days. Also, always think of her everytime I see a Bluejay as she had quite the collection and was a true Bluejay herself. Thoughts & Prayers
    Nate Tonjes & Family

  20. Allen and Laurel Campbell
    • May 22, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Jo will be missed by many. She was so easy to love and admire. Sending prayers and love to Tom and the rest of the Family.

  21. RaeMae Fulton
    • May 22, 2020 - 3 months ago

    So sorry Tom and family. Such a large heart for such a little lady.

  22. Brad Jacobsen
    • May 22, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Not a sweeter person in the world. Loved working with Jo in the office at school both as a teacher and as the principal.
    Peace to Tom and the family.

  23. Gregory Bahm
    • May 22, 2020 - 3 months ago

    So Sorry for your Loss. May god Bless and comfort you at this time. During my years of Driving the School Bus I had the opportunity to talk to Jo She was quite wise and had great advise in our discussions She will be Truly missed

  24. Joe Baldassare
    • May 22, 2020 - 3 months ago

    Tom and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. Jo will be missed by all of us. She was a wonderful lady with a great big heart. Please know that many of us share your feeling of loss. My thoughts and prayers are for your family.

  25. Carrie Mattila
    • June 2, 2020 - 2 months ago

    Tom and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. C was such a wonderful person, I remember when I was in High School I worked at the McDonald’s in Gretna during the Beanie Baby craziness, she would give me a pass to leave school to go get her happy meals in hopes of getting a Beanie Baby she didn’t have. Years later and I enjoyed seeing her around town. She will be greatly missed by all the lives she has touched over the years.

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