Joanne “Jo” Sourwine (final arrangements)

Joanne M. “Jo” Sourwine, 47, of Mt. Pleasant, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at her residence of natural causes.

A funeral service for Jo will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Heatilator Center for the Performing Arts, 307 East Monroe St., Mt. Pleasant. The Reverend Michael R. Scudder, Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church,  will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 AM to 9 PM on Friday, April 15 at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 5-8 PM Friday evening. In accordance with Jo’s wishes, her casket will remain closed.

Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to a scholarship established for her grandchildren’s education. Online condolences may be directed to

Joanne Marie Seitz, was born June 10, 1974 in Burlington, IA. She was the daughter of William D. and Phyllis Marie (Ricketts) Seitz. She was raised and attended school in New London. On May 11, 1996 at the New London Church of Christ, Jo was united in marriage to Benjamin Hiatt “Ben” Sourwine.

Jo was the manger of the Heartland Inn in Mt. Pleasant for a number of years. She then accepted a position as the Secretary for the Dept. of Human Services in Mt. Pleasant. Jo remained their 10 years until she accepted a position as the administrative assistant at the Iowa Dept. of Transportation District Construction Engineer’s Office in Fairfield.

Jo treasured gatherings with family and friends. Only her grandson Sutter was more near and dear to her. She enjoyed the numerous camping trip she took with family and friends . Jo was also known to enjoy going to the casino every now and then.

Those thankful for sharing in Jo’s life include her husband of 25 years, Ben, who affectionately called her “Josie”; her 2 daughters – Kelsey McConnell and her husband Nathan of Mt. Pleasant and Kylie Sourwine and her friend Brayden Wintermote of Mt. Pleasant; her grandson Sutter McConnell of Cedar Rapids; her mother and step-father – Phyllis and Robert Johnson of New London; 3 brothers and their spouses – Kenny (Kim) Seitz of New Boston, IL, Bobby (Rhonda) Seitz of Des Moines, IA, and John (Carma) Seitz of Wayland, IA; 2 step brothers – Mike Johnson and his wife Roberta and Denny Johnson all of Mt Pleasant. Jo is also survived by numerous, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Her father precedes her in death.