MARY JO 'JODY' CHALUPA
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Mary Jo 'Jody' Chalupa, 69, of Stockton, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019, at her home.
Per Jody's wishes, she was cremated and there will be no services. Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Muscatine Humane Shelter in Jody's memory. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
Jody was born on November 1, 1950, in Davenport, the daughter of Larry and Joann Chalupa Zier. She was adopted and raised by Walter E. 'Walt' and Willodean C. 'Willie' McCleary Chalupa. Walt preceded her in death on November 19, 2000 and Willie on December 12, 2007.
Jody loved animals and rescued many cats. She enjoyed gardening, growing vegetables and flowers and had worked at Radio Shack and Walmart.
Jody is survived by her girlfriend of twenty five years, Dorothy Parker, of Stockton; her biological mother, Joann Schmidt and her husband Eric; three sisters, Bobbie Kissell, of Washington, Linda Tate and Andrea Riess, both of Springfield, Illinois; and her nephew, Michael Chalupa.
She was preceded in death by her adoptive parents, Walt and Willie Chalupa, her biological father, Larry Zier, her brother, Donald Lee Chalupa, her nephew, Eric Schmidt Jr. and her great nephew, Rodney Kissell.
Goodbye Pixie R.I.P 11/25/2019 (victim of FIP)💔
No more pain, be at peace. Goodbye Tigergirl, You almost made it to 20 yrs. 💔 12/6/19
Sorry to hear of Jodie’s passing. She will be in my thought and prayers and you to Dottie.🙏
Jody loved to play games on her phone
Although I did not know Jody well I do know that she had a very kind loving heart. Throughout her life she loved & cared for Jehovah's creation. She mostly loved Jehovah's animal creations mostly cats. If she saw a cat outside that was cold or sick both her & long term friend Dottie would open there arms & home & take them in to care for all their needs. If the cat needed to see a vet because they were sick or needed to be nutered they would do it at their own expense. She was very much involved with no kill shelters for animals. She valued life and would not consider ending their life.Both her & her friend fell in love with many of the cats they took in and as a result they were the loving caretakers of 11 cats in their home & Jody wanted her friend Dotty to carry on taking care of their furry family. I am sure that she will lovingly care for them all until they pass by natural causes. I look forward to meeting Jody again after the reserection of all our dead loved ones when Jehovah God does away with death as he promises life everlasting in the new world. I will not say good bye I will say rest peacefully until I will see you soon after the resurection by Jehovah God ,.
Sleep well Love Ruthie & John Parker .
The last picture I took of Jody before her passing with Murphy sitting on her lap
Someone on twitter made this for me
Boo-Boo & Jody
Boo-Boo's favorite spot
After Jody passed, Boo-boo aka B.B was very sad, I let her lay on Jody's sweater
double rainbow in back of the truck garage
Jody gardening (Spring of 2019)
Gypsy R.I.P (2018) rescued from outside after her front leg had to get amputated. Put to sleep bc she had cancer in her jaw later on in life
Tigergirl was so happy about the new cat stand (Yr 1999?)
The last 2 kitties we took to rescue at King's Harvest pet rescue (No kill shelter) Someone dumped them on our property
Jody & family/friends
Willie (adoptive mom), Jody & Joann (Jody's mom)
Jody's dog Token
"Complete" by Blutengel
Beloved by VNV Nation
Good times at the Joan Jett concert in Des Moines, too bad we both hated our pics taken, I would have had way more pics of Jody & me together
Murphy the biggest cat in the house, has a brother an orange cat named Lincoln. Can't seem to get a good pic of him bc he is still so skittish
Boo-Boo liked to sit on Jody's shoulder when she was playing games on the computer. She loved games and played a lot of them on her phone also
Squeaker (Mom of Laverne, Shirley, Shadow & Merlin)
We brought in Pixie bc her momma kept leaving her at our door, she was infested with fleas and so tiny
Laverne, Shirley, Shadow & Merlin
Our babies when the were small & Momma Squeaker with Shirley, Merlin, Shadow & Laverne
B.B aka Boo-Boo when she got injured in my car engine, she was a feral kitten, we took her to animal emergency, she survived and is still here, has a plate in her front leg and has a bob tail
Tigergirl is Ambers sister, they were found together at an apartment complex we lived at, It's hard to believe she is almost 20 yrs old
We were so sad when Amber had to be put down, she loved Jody so much and was always waiting on the bed for bedtime
great times at the Excalibur club in Chicago for Gothicfest
Inside one of the sheds, 2 large dog cages covered with sleeping bags & lined with cardboard boxes, beds and lots of blankets inside
Jody bought sheds for the ferals so they stay warm at night and in bad wintry weather
Boo-Boo aka B.B Was rescued from outside after she got caught in my engine yrs ago in the summer. She fractured her front leg and lost part of her tail in the fan belt
(Tig) We tried to save him, he is the daddy of most of the cats in the house, he disappeared, was very feral
Hummingbirds Jody loved to feed every spring & summer
Tomatoes in the garden
You always bought cool presents for the cats (Shirley in pic with water fountain)
Marcel who you rescued by yourself and quickly became your buddy
The flowers you planted in the yard attracted butterflies & hummingbirds (Photo taken by Dorothy Parker)
Birds you loved to feed
Straw shelter for feral cats
Shirley, Shadow & Pixie
I remember how much you liked blue roses...
Always so much more to say...Gone too soon, if not for the cancer we could have many more years together, I am sad you are gone, this house is so quiet without you. The cats miss you, I know how much you loved them. I Love you, May we meet again...
Good times with friends...
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