Joanne R. “Jo” Conger

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MADISON–Joanne R. “Jo” Conger, 88, of Madison, passed away at home on Sept. 20, 2021. She was born on Aug. 15, 1933, in Rockford, IL, the daughter of Rev. Clarence and Rosa Anderzon. She married Duane Conger in 1967 in Madison.

Jo graduated from East Rockford High School in 1951, Augustana Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago, IL in 1955, Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, in 1957 (BSN), and Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY in 1964 (MSN). She went on to teach nursing students at the Swedish American Hospital School of Nursing in Rockford, IL, and was a clinical associate professor at UW-Madison School of Nursing from 1964-1991.

Jo was immensely proud of her Swedish heritage. She enjoyed traveling, and Virginia and Colorado were her favorite places to visit each year. She was a dog lover and had collies then corgis most of her life. She was a very good golfer and was called “boomer” by her foursome members. In retirement, Jo, her twin sister Jan, and her faculty colleagues golfed each Tuesday morning for years.

Jo was very active at Midvale Community Lutheran Church and was a member for over 50 years. She served on numerous committees, including the building and grounds committee for 30 years. Jo was a member of the choir which she loved dearly, and it was so important to her. Her faith was very precious to her, and love of Jesus Christ was evident in her way of relating to people.

Joanne is survived by her sister, Janice "Jan" Anderzon; nephews, David and Daniel Anderzon; niece, Julie (Steve) Smith; great-nephew, Joe Anderzon; great-nieces, Hillary and Callan Anderzon and Kara Smith; great-great-nephews, William and Elijah Anderzon; special cousins, Dorothy and Cynthia Niles and Kathy Cook; stepson, Dennis (Sylvia) Conger; and many dear relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Duane Conger; brother, David Anderzon; and sister-in-law, Lora Anderzon.

A funeral service was held at Midvale Community Lutheran Church, 4329 Tokay Blvd., Madison, at 1 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2021. Visitation was held at the church from 12 p.m. until the start of the service on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Jo’s name to Midvale Community Lutheran Church or the Dane County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at

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