Sep 30, 1950---Sep 08, 2022

When I was a teenager, my mother frequently said I always had to get the last word. I guess she was right. I was born and raised in Stamford, Ct. My parents were Margaret and Andrew Pottgen. I graduated from high school and went on to graduate from nursing school. In my early 20s I worked as an RN in the ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  It showed me how fast someone’s life could change. It made me appreciate my blessings. During my senior year in high school, I met Tom, I had a major crush on him. A year after high school we started dating and eventually married in 1975. We moved to Overland Park in 1986. I have made many wonderful friends here. After moving to Overland Park, I worked at Shawnee Mission Medical Center for 27 years and then retired. Even after being retired for eight years, I still maintain a close friendship with many of the great people I worked with. I have always had a special love for dogs especially golden retrievers. Through the years we have had 6 goldens. Frequently, I could be seen walking our dog through the neighborhood. I have volunteered at Johnson County Health Partnership, Safe Home, Johnson County Christmas Bureau, Meals on Wheels, Pets for Life, and Animal Haven. One of my life’s biggest joys was travelling. I always felt very fortunate that Tom and I were able to travel. We visited many places in the U.S. But my greatest joy was travelling around Europe. Sometime just getting a Eurail Pass and heading off to Europe for a month with no set itinerary was great fun for me. The excitement of not knowing where we would go next. I would like to acknowledge Ester and Pat, two friends I have known since the 7th grade, Hilka and Gail two friends from my days in the ICU and Marianne, a faithful friend for over 40 years. All have been very supportive during my long illness. We have also made wonderful friends here in Overland Park. We went to dinner together, took our annual trips to Chicago at Christmas time and summers in Vail. We have also developed many special friendships right in our neighborhood. All these wonderful people have been very supportive through my illness. Although I cannot mention everyone, I do want to especially say thank you to Mari and Krisy. During my sixties I became friends with Lamont McEntyre. His ordeal in life makes all others pale in comparison. I’m grateful to have gotten to know him. I would be terribly remiss if I didn’t mention Dr. Fred Katz. He was my rock and sounding board from the first moment they found the cancer in my sinus. I am very thankful for the love and support from my wonderful husband and friends. I want to extend a very special thank you to Susan Harris who stood with me through the sunny days and rainy days. I was never alone knowing she was there. Our special friendship and love for one another has endured for over 35 years. The biggest thank you is to my husband Tom. He has been a loving wonderful husband. Though the years as I have battled this illness, he has always been there for me. I am survived by my husband Tom, my brother Paul his wife Judy, sisters in law Anita and Sherry, nieces Andrea, Erin, Tricia, Kristi and Tami, along with 3 great nephews and 2 great nieces, and many wonderful friends. In lieu of flowers to acknowledge a life well lived, please make a donation to Harvesters KC or Miracle of Innocence. Services will be held at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Rd., Leawood, KS on Tuesday September 20, 2022. Visitation at the church beginning at 10:00 AM followed by a Catholic service at 11:00 AM.



Condolences

Ray Stolhand Sep 11 ,2022

Friend and Tom’s employee ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Dear Tom, My heart goes out to you on the loss of your wonderful wife. I know you will miss her tremendously and I hope that she did not suffer too long. May she rest in peace! Ray

Paul Pottgen Sep 12 ,2022

Brother ,Allison Park ,Pennsylvania

In these moments of loss, words are useless. Jo-Ann Caporrizo, a beautiful soul, an extraordinary sister, sister-in-law, and aunt, full of love and faith, ascended to Heaven, away from us but closer to God. Jo-Ann, may you Rest In Peace, forever and ever. Our sincerest condolences to Tom and his family, from the Pottgen family.

Gail whitfield Sep 13 ,2022

Friend ,Cumberland ,Rhode Island

I had the honor of working with Jo-Ann In the intensive care unit at Saint Joseph’s hospital in Stamford Connecticut. Anyone reading this message knows of Jo-Ann‘s work ethic, her character and her loyalty. I had moved to Connecticut from Rhode Island. Jo-Ann reached out to me in friendship and mentored the novice nurse that I was then. It was a privilege to work with her. I was experiencing my first thanksgiving away from home and family. I had to work the 3-11 shift on Thanksgiving Day. Although Jo-Ann and Tom were entertaining their family later that day, they invited my husband and I to their home at noon time for a complete Thanksgiving meal that the four of us shared. They made us feel so loved and nurtured. I have done my very best to pay forward this act of kindness, sharing our holiday table with others. Jo-Ann, thank you for your gift of friendship. You leave this world a better place. You will be in my heart forever. ♥️ Gail

Julie Bonewitz Sep 14 ,2022

Friend ,Clarksville ,Maryland

I am so sorry to learn that Jo-Ann is gone. We have many happy memories of our Overland Park friends. Know that we are thinking of you. Julie and Ric Bonewitz

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Services

Event:
Visitation
Location:
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
Address:
9401 Mission Road
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
Date:
Sep 20 ,2022
Time:
10:00 AM
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Event:
Memorial Mass
Location:
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
Address:
9401 Mission Road
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
Date:
Sep 20 ,2022
Time:
11:00 AM
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