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August 24, 2012
The Times Observer

Josephine M. Nodzak Mikan, age 88, of Shiloh, Illinois passed from this life on August 16, 2012 at Cedarhurst Memory Care. Jo was born to Slovenian immigrants Helen Miscovek Nodzak and John Nodzak. She was raised in the Youngsville area on a farm and attended Youngsville schools. Jo was a lifelong resident of Warren until her move in June 2011 to be near family. While attending business school at age 22 she was called to work while the men were at war. She was a "Rosie the Riveter" at Struthers Wells. It was there that she met Michael Stephen Mikan when he returned from the war and was selling war bonds at Struthers. They married in 1947. From their union, six children were born. Jo was preceded in death by her husband Michael, daughters Stephanie Rykoskey at age 62 and Lori Jo at age 3. Brothers Adam, John, Steven, Anthony, and Joseph. Sisters Mary, Ann, Mildred, and Vera. She is survived by her children Julene Hoskinson and husband James of Arden, NC, Christopher Mikan of North Warren, Michele Donovan and husband James of Swansea, IL, Daniel Mikan and wife Robin of Dacula, GA, sonin law Joseph Rykoskey of Hendersonville, NC, grand children Ellie, Emma, and Sarah Donovan, Christopher Mikan and wife Amy, Dustin Mikan, Jason Rykoskey, and her sister Helen Bunk.

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