Mary Jo Norkooli, 61, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids on Dec. 24, 2018 following a brief battle with AL Cardiac Amyloidosis.
Mary Jo was born March 2, 1957 in Escanaba, MI, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Little) Nault. She attended Escanaba Area Schools and graduated in the class of 1975.
She worked for many years at Holy Name Catholic School and for the Gladstone Area Schools.
Mary Jo had a passion for cooking and baking and was an amazing painter. She enjoyed her Diet Pepsi (we apologize for any layoffs at Pepsi due to the decline in sales now), daytime dates with Dr. Phil followed by laughs with Ellen Degeneres, Friday night fish fry’s, late nights at the casino and joy rides with her husband in their ’56 Chevy. Mary Jo loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and was so excited to meet her new granddaughter, Baylee, due in February.
Mary Jo married her loving husband on May 18th, 2002 at their home in Gladstone.
Among survivors include her mother, Mary Nault of Escanaba; husband, John Norkooli of Gladstone; brothers Jeff (Patty) Nault of Neenah, WI and Patrick (Elizabeth) Nault of Hanahan, SC; children Christopher (Dawn) Hess of Ishpeming, Andrew Hess of Gladstone, Jennifer (Josh) Brazeau of Gladstone, her “favorite” son, Daniel (Kryssy) Hess of San Francisco, CA; stepdaughters Kelly Norkooli of Escanaba and Stephanie (Jake) Couchene of Marquette; grandchildren, Kayla (Curtis) Boudreau, Cassidy Leach, Quenten Derwin, Dakota Clark, MacKenzie Brazeau, Haylee Brazeau; three great-grandchildren Hunter, Brantley and Nora; her best friends Lisa and Cindy, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary Jo is preceded in death by her father Thomas and brother Tim.
Family will receive friends Saturday, January 5, 2018 from 10:00 until 1:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow visiting hours at 1:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Rick Courier officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Gladstone Senior Center. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Norkooli family.