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Everard (Jo Jo) Jasinski

January 14, 1928 ~ August 4, 2018 (age 90)
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Everard J. Jasinski, 90 of Hustisford, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Crossroads Care Center and was also under the care of Generations Hospice Care.  Everard was born on January 14, 1928. Before coming to Hustisford, he had helped on a farm and also was a construction worker for some years. On June 8, 1972 he got a job with the River Valley Coop at the Hustisford feed mill as a truck driver and also worked in the mill mixing feed. He worked there until his retirement.

Jo Jo was a member of the Hustisford Lions Club since June 1, 1974. He was very involved with Venetian Nights and also when Santa would come to town and he would hand out the candy bags. He took a lot of pride in what he did. He also received the Birch-Sturm Fellowship Award in recognition of unselfish dedication to the humanitarian projects of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation. He was awarded a plaque from the Hustisford FFA Alumni on October 18, 1993 for his dedication and unselfish loyalty through the River Valley Coop and Hustisford Lions Club.

Jo Jo was very much involved in go-karting and loved it dearly. He was very well known through the Badger Kart Club for 50 plus years. He worked in Dousman as the head Grid Guy, known to everyone as Uncle Joe. He had his own parking space and was very much respected by all. Many families adopted Jo into their family through the Badger Kart Club. All the Go Kart Racers and staff signed a huge get well poster for Joe which was delivered to him at Crossroads. He was so proud of this. He hardly missed a time of being there to do his job. He also said “Boy they always take care of me like a King”. He also went to Florida to work at the races for World Karting Association (WKA). He drove along with George and his son, Jamie Sieracki for many years which was a family that adopted Jo into their family. They were always there for him.  He was with the Security Department as the parking assistant; he started in 1995.  He was also known very well by Jim Brown for over 20 years at the Daytona Raceway. He received the Badger Kart Club Award in 1993, the President’s Award Legend in Kart Racing for Badger Kart Club in 2003, and Badger Kart Club Lifetime Membership in 2011. He was very proud of all these awards.

A Note From Buddy Long of WKA:

He was an extraordinary man.  Jo Jo was working at WKA well before I came through.  He was one of the most respected officials in the history of the Manufacuturers Cup Series, primarily working as a Grid Steward.  There wasn’t a job that Jo Jo wouldn’t help any of us with, whether it be helping to park competitors, run a fuel shuttle, work the grid or any of a dozen other things that needed to be done.  Jo Jo had an infectious smile and was so well-respected by everyone in the Pit area, whether it be the adults or young kids.  Jo Jo personally was infectious.  It felt weird when Jo Jo, a man of so many years, would always look at me and tell others, “Buddy is my boss.”  I never looked at it that way, feeling I had decades of information to learn from one of the greats in the sport.  I am a better person today for knowing Jo Jo; finding myself looking up in the sky and seeing his smiling face, knowing he is out of pain, continuing to do the Lord’s work as he sits at his side in heaven.  The world is a much lesser place without him, but he now brightens the heavens that much more.

I love you Jo Jo, rest in peace.

Buddy Long was very proud and fortunate to be a part of Jo Jo’s induction into the World Karting Hall of Fame, August 16, 2008 at New Castle Motorsports Park.

Jo Jo also worked at the Beaver Dam Raceway since 2010 and was sent a get well from all racers and staff, which he loved dearly.  He had many wonderful friends from there also. He enjoyed going to the Slinger Raceway on Sunday nights for the races there, which was always a gift he would get from the Badger Kart at the Banquet.  Once again he had many adopted families there that always took care of him and had meals with him.  He had many friends in the Lebanon area where he had helped out on a farm for many years. He got to be friends with many right in Hustisford, who took him in also and were always there to help him when needed.  I, Sandy Uecker, was one who took care of Jo after my father, Lloyd Lillge passed away in 1993.  Jo respected my dad very much.  I would like to say thank you to all who made Jo’s life so meaningful to him.  He always talked so kindly about all of you through all of his different jobs.  Thanks for all the visits at the hospital and Crossroads and the cards sent to him.  I spoke with many of Jo’s friends through this time from all areas and I thank you deeply for that.  All the information I was told was so special.  I would have pages of names to mention so please know each and every one of you is included in the thank you.

He will be missed deeply by all.  One last huge thank you to the Aurora Hospital-Hartford, Crossroad Care Center and Generations Hospice Care for all the wonderful care you gave Jo Jo. Thank you to all the social workers, business staff and everyone else who helped me through all of this.  I sure got to know many wonderful people.

Per Jo Jo’s wishes, there will be no funeral service.

 

 

 

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