Josephine “Jo" Ladwig, 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 17, 2019 in New Orleans, LA.
She was born August 15, 1928 in Hazelton, Kansas to Mayme and Hilmer Best and was one of four sisters. Jo graduated from Kansas State University in 1951 and received a Masters in Library Sciences in 1970 from the College of Emporia. Jo worked as an elementary school teacher and librarian until moving to Columbia, MO to teach child development at Stephens’ College.
Jo married Merlyn Robertson of Oberlin, KS in 1949 and had two sons, Timothy and Pat. In 1980, Jo married Charles Thomas Ladwig and enjoyed a happy marriage until his death in 1994.
A longtime resident of Columbia, Jo was a founding member and early board chairman of Unity of Columbia. In retirement, she was Chairman of the Auxiliary at Boone Hospital and served as Ombudsman at The Bluffs. When she wasn’t volunteering, Jo enjoyed spending time with her family and her grandchildren, gardening, and reading murder mysteries. Jo moved to New Orleans in 2015 to be closer to her family.
Jo is lovingly remembered by her three sisters Fran Kahler, Carol Balding, and Marilyn Davis, her adoring son, Tim Robertson and wife Nancy (New Orleans), stepsons Craig Ladwig, Phil Ladwig, and Tim Ladwig, grandson John Robertson (New Orleans), granddaughter Sarah Robertson Miller and husband Aaron Miller (Alexandria, VA), 7 month old great-granddaughter Josephine Elaine Miller, and many nieces and nephews.
Jo is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Tom Ladwig, her son Pat Robertson, and brothers-in-law Pete Kahler, Jim Balding, and Roy Davis.
Jo’s ashes will be buried with her son Pat in Oberlin, KS and scattered at Unity Village in Kansas City. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Unity of Columbia, 1600 W. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203.