Jody Sue Volkman, age 57, of Winona, passed away unexpectedly on December 22, 2019, at her home.
She was born on March 20, 1962, in Red Wing, Minn., to David and Ruth (Voth) Luhman. She married Ronald Volkman on December 3, 1988, in Goodhue, Minn., a warm December day much like the day she left us.
Jody worked several jobs in her life – she was a nursing assistant, nanny, food service worker, a school bus driver, and a transit bus driver for the city of Winona. First and foremost, she was a dedicated mother. She treasured her daughter, KC, and the two were more than best friends. Jody would do anything for family and friends, and enjoyed vacations with family to national parks throughout the United States, even taking the family pet cat along with her on long road trips. Growing up on a farm, she had a love of animals, and many a cat was her special friend and confidant.
Jody was a member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winona, where she was a caring committee volunteer, and was a past member of the choir. She also enjoyed being a volunteer at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.
The Lord took her from us too soon, and she was not allowed to grow old and retire, but His plan is always the best.
She is survived by her loving family: husband, Ron; daughter, KC; parents, David and Ruth Luhman, Red Wing, Minn.; brother, Jon (Terri) Luhman, Goodhue, Minn.; sisters, Cindy Luhman, Rochester, Minn., and Shauna (Ben) Burshem, Bay City, Wis.; parents-in-law, Henry and Ellen Volkman, Lewiston, Minn.; sister-in-law, Joan Volkman, Winona; and she will be missed by her best buddy, Honey, as well as nephews, other relatives and friends. She went to be in heaven with her beloved cats that she loved most dearly, Cally, Princess Puff, Muffy, and many other pets she grew up with. She joins the angels in her heavenly home.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019, at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 766 West Wabasha Street, Winona. The Reverend Matthew Schoell will officiate. Jody will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing, Minn.
Pallbearers will be Kaleb Luhman, Jared Luhman, Gavin Luhman, and Noah Luhman.
Online condolences or memories may be left for Jody’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com.
Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.