Hastings, Nebraska resident, Mary Joan “Jo” Elley, 84, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Providence Place in Hastings.

Rosary is 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 19, at Butler Volland Chapel in Hastings. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 20, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hastings with Father Jeremy Hazuka officiating. Burial will be at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Memorials may be given to St. Michael’s Catholic Church or Hastings Catholic Schools Foundation. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Butler Volland and one hour prior to service at the church on Wednesday. Private condolences may be sent to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Jo was born December 6, 1934, near Orleans, Nebraska to Fred and Margaret (Colgan) Lennemann. She graduated from Kearney State Teachers College in Kearney, Nebraska. Jo married G. Roger Elley on June 12, 1956, in Orleans, and together they had four children, three boys and one girl; he preceded her in death on December 4, 2005.

Jo taught at Wilcox and was a paraeducator at Longfellow Elementary in Hastings. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church where she held various offices with the Altar Society and was involved in Girl Scouts and 4-H. The church was a big part of Jo’s life, she sang in church and at weddings.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, G. Roger Elley.

Survivors include children and spouses, Steve and Sally Elley of Hastings, Chuck and Linda Elley of Scottsbluff, Lynn Bierschenk of LaVista, and Brent and Tonya Elley of Hastings; grandchildren, Seth, Devin, Colin, Brooke, Breanna, Jessamie, Samantha, Nick, Caden, and Kyler; great-grandchildren, James, Grace, Silas, Ellis, Harleigh, Felicity, and Lucas; sister, Lucille Weinard; and brother, Don Lennemann.

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