Obituaries

Johanna K. Nicodem

August 18, 1927 - November 17, 2022

JohannaNicodemJohanna K. Nicodem (Jo), 95, of St. Charles, Illinois, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 17, 2022. She was born on August 18, 1927, in Chicago, where she spent her growing up years enjoying swimming, tennis, and gymnastics. Jo married Frank D. Nicodem Sr. on August 30, 1946, at Midwest Bible Church, and the couple made their home in Chicago. They later moved to the suburb of Mt. Prospect and raised four children (along with numerous cats and dogs). 

Jo was a stay-at-home mom during her kids' pre-college years, but when they went away to school, she returned to the workforce as an executive assistant. She served the presidents of World Relief and National Association of Evangelicals in that role. Jo was an expert at bringing organization out of chaos and could type at lightning speed. 

In 1978, Jo and Frank moved to St. Charles, where Frank became a homebuilder. It was here that they joined five other families in launching Christ Community Church, which has grown to thousands of attendees on five campuses. In the early days of the church, Jo directed the drama ministry. She was also passionate about visiting newcomers and sharing the Good News of Jesus with them. But her favorite niche of ministry was always prayer. Jo loved to intercede before God on behalf of her family, her church, and people with needs. 

Jo is survived by her four children: Frank Jr; Kathy (John); Jim (Sue); and Debbie (Sean). Jo delighted in her grandchildren: Frank III (Lyndsey); Jennie; Chad (Elissa); Jocelyn (Todd); Jordan; Tyler (Lana); Emily (Adam); Rachel (Jameson); Andrew (Marianne); Jak (Azalia); Benjamin (Emily), as well as 20 great-grandchildren. 

Jo was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, and by three siblings. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 5:00 pm, Monday, November 28, 2022, in the chapel of Christ Community Church on Bolcum Rd. in St. Charles. Visitation will be from 3:30-5:00 pm at the church prior to the funeral. A private interment and committal will be in Prairie Cemetery, St. Charles. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Jo Nicodem to Christ Community Church's mission partner in Bangladesh. Please make checks payable to "Christ Community Church" with the memo line designated as "Jo Nicodem Memorial," or you can give online at ccclife.org/memorial.

Guest Book

  • Judi Mueller Frank, Kathy, Jim and Debbie….my heartfelt condolences to all of you and your families. What a celebration of a wonderful life, at 95, and cherish every single memory. Your Mom and Dad are now united in Heaven. Peace be with all of you in this reflective and difficult process of saying good-bye. ❤️🙏❤️🙏
  • John Heath Jim and Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I remember meeting her and your dad when the kids were still in school. What a beautiful life she had...
  • Rolf Ronstadt Dear Precious Friends, Our hearts, love and prayers go out to you with the home going of Jo. In times of sorrow we hear the voice of the Good Shepherd calling us closer to Himself. For only He can provide for our every need. Praying that you'll be comforted by the many thoughts of love sent your way and by the countless prayers of those who care. Above you is the Lord's covering, beneath you is His strength and security and around you are His arms of love. May His presence bring you every comfort and tender compassion at this present moment. May you be comforted with the assurance that God has prepared a bright and glorious tomorrow for Jo. We share in your loss and send to you our deepest sympathy and prayers. In His love and ours, Rolf & (Sherri) Ronstadt rolf@ronstadt.org
  • Pat Jensen That smiling face brings back happy memories of the start-up of the senior group at CCC. Jo and Frank along with the rest of us and an open Bible on the table or lovely get togethers at homes and shared meals and outings. Their wisdom, experience and humility made a lasting impression and their marriage was an example for all of us. Jo's well lived life blessed many.