Jo Ann Holder

  • Born: February 10, 1937
  • Died: May 7, 2019
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Wilson St Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory - Chapel of the Chimes

1234 Prospect St
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Tel. (317) 632-9431

Tribute & Message From The Family


Jo Ann Holder, 82, passed away after a short illness on Tuesday, May 7th in Indianapolis, IN. Jo Ann was born to the late Gilbert R. Neal and J. Katherine Neal of Jeffersonville, IN on February 10, 1937. She was a 1955 graduate of Jeffersonville High School. She pursued a career in law enforcement with the Indianapolis Public School Board as one of the first class of IPS Police Officers, where she rose to the rank of Sergeant before her retirement. Jo Ann was beloved by the many students she interacted with over her years in the schools. Her passions in life included the space program, photography, and Purdue sports. She witnessed more than two dozen launches from Kennedy Space Center, including 13 space shuttle launches. And in the near future she will fulfill her wish to travel among the stars as a portion of her ashes will be sent into space. Her sunrise and ocean beach photography was recognized in several photo competitions, and she was a die-hard Boilermaker fan, well known to many in the John Purdue Club and the Purdue athletics fraternity.
Jo Ann is survived by her husband of 45 years, John Robert Holder of Indianapolis, IN, three children Joe Cassady (Jann) of Vienna, VA, John R. Holder, Jr of Indianapolis, IN, and Laura Cain of Zionsville, IN, as well as four grandchildren Keegan Cassady, Brandon Cassady, Cameron Cassady and Leevi Holder. A visitation will be held from 11 A.M. - 1 P.M. Saturday, June 1st at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, 481 West Main Street, Greenwood with a short service at 1:00 P.M. Friends may visit anytime from 11 A.M. until the time of service.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Visit to Virginia in 2018

Posted by Joe Cassady - Vienna, VA - Son   May 29, 2019

Joe, may you and your family be sustained by the rich memories you shared and comforted by God's peace and promise. Donna Wilson

Posted by Donna Wilson - Indpls., IN   May 23, 2019

I remember Jo Ann as a warm and loving mother,who always made me feel welcome in her home. I am so sorry for your loss, Joe. Gone too soon. Sending you and your family love and prayers at this very sad time. RIP, Jo Ann. You leave a beautiful legacy. Anne Schoettle-Shaughnessy

Posted by Anne Schoettle-Shaughnessy - Los Angeles, CA   May 23, 2019

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I am free from unforgiveness and strife. I forgive others as Christ has forgiven me, for the love of God is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 6:12; Rom. 5:5) - a verse tucked into her prayer book.

Posted by Joe Cassady - Vienna, VA - Son   May 18, 2019

I remember that I was always welcomed with an open heart by this beautiful lady whom I always thought of as Joe's mom. My elementary school years were enriched by the time I got to spend with Joe & his family. Love to all the family.

Posted by Dave Ewick - Southfield, MI - Family Friend   May 18, 2019

Beautiful tribute. Life well lived by a Woman of God. Bless you and the family (Joe) as you mourn.

Posted by Phil Van Horn - Los Angeles, CA - Family Friend   May 16, 2019

Thankyou for your gracious hospitality when Joe and I came to visit and see the Geand Prix. Your tour of the city showed how much you loved Indianapolis and how proud it made you. Your family has always been an inspiration to me. It can only be of your incredible love and commitment to your family that makes them all so special. RIP. You will always have a place in my memories and when I look up I will have the knowledge that you will be looking down. Mark Girling.

Posted by Mark Girling - Bellevue, WA - Friend   May 15, 2019

I miss her more every day, we didn't court very long only 50 days, we heard Perry Como sing It's Impossible on our first date, that became our song. A strong believer in Jesus Christ she looked forward to the breaking of the bread and accepting his blood. She lived as she believed, giving her love to the animals we met on our journey of 45 years, and they always responded to her, A trip was planned to visit the Ark this summer. She enjoyed her work as a Police Officer and achieved the rank of Sergeant, again accepting all the students as children of God despite what problem they might be having. Showing her love that her faith produced, any one that met her could feel that love which came from her life with Jesus Christ. I thank him for allowing me to share her love for nearly 45 years. If Christ needed a helper he surly picked one of the best. Jo Ann passed as the music at ST Francis was playing what else but Perry Como singing It's Impossible. She loved Johnny Mathis "Chances Are" and others. But all stopped when anyone sang "How great though art". She loved the space program and we shared watching many launches, met and had lunch with many Astronaut's at the Kennedy Space Center. Always wanting to purchase Annual Passes to support the space program. Plans are underway to send some of her ashes to space, There will be a new light shining in the night sky. The plans also include our remains being together again when my time comes. We had discussed it just a few months ago to have our final resting place at Cape Canaveral VA National Cemetery at Mims, Fl. It will take eternity to top the 45 years God gave us together. Jo Ann would be well pleased if any tributes were made to Samaritans Purse or a children's hospital of your choice. and as Jo Ann would say God loves you and so do I.

Posted by John R Holder - indianapolis, IN - Spouse   May 13, 2019

Posted by Laura Cain - Zionsville, IN - Daughter   May 12, 2019

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Aunt Jo Ann--May you have sweet dreams in Heaven in the arms of the Angels.

Posted by Dave Holder - Greenwood, IN - Family   May 11, 2019

It sounds like your mother lived an amazing life. I wish you and your family every comfort as you celebrate her life.

Posted by Joe Webster - Waterford, VA - Friend   May 10, 2019

She has left you with beautiful memories which will comfort you in due time. For now my prayers for her husband (your Daddy) and children continue. Laura, you have been so wonderful and I am sure she loved you very much!

Posted by Eve Cook - Lebanon, IN - Friend   May 09, 2019


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I miss her more every day, we didn't court very long only 50 days, we heard Perry Como sing It's Impossible on our first date, that became our song. A strong believer in Jesus Christ she looked forward to the breaking of the bread and accepting his blood. She lived as she believed, giving her love to the animals we met on our journey of 45 years, and they always responded to her, A trip was planned to visit the Ark this summer. She enjoyed her work as a Police Officer and achieved the rank of Sergeant, again accepting all the students as children of God despite what problem they might be having. Showing her love that her faith produced, any one that met her could feel that love which came from her life with Jesus Christ. I thank him for allowing me to share her love for nearly 45 years. If Christ needed a helper he surly picked one of the best. Jo Ann passed as the music at ST Francis was playing what else but Perry Como singing It's Impossible. She loved Johnny Mathis "Chances Are" an
Mom with John and astronaut (and Boilermaker) Jerry Ross
Visit to Virginia in 2018