Mary Jo (Jodi) (Karst) Stitt, 74, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones at her winter home in Mesa, AZ on Jan 30, 2021.
Jodi was born Oct 7, 1945 in Miller,SD to Leon and Ardith Karst. After graduating high school from Miller, she attended the SD Hairstyling Academy, where she met another “Mary Jo”. The two quickly became roommates and lifelong best friends. She married Darrell Stitt in 1969, and had two children, Nicole and David. The family moved to Aberdeen in 1987, and wanting a change in career, Jodi obtained her realtors license and sold real estate for several years. In 1991, they moved to Worthington, MN, where Jodi worked at DaLon Diamonds. When they retired, Jodi and Darrell moved back to Sioux Falls and not being one to fully “retire”, she got a job as a home health aide with Home Instead, a position that put her efficient, caretaking nature to good use.
For the past 10 years, Jodi and Darrell enjoyed winters in Mesa, where they made many good friends. Playing cards and walking/hiking were two of her favorite things to do. Jodi and Darrell shared a passion for music, and spent much of their free time singing Barbershop. She was a charter member of the Sioux Falls Sweet Adelines, and held many offices for the organization. She also enjoyed singing with the Chordial Aires, Mesa, AZ, and the First United Methodist Church choir, Sioux Falls. Jodi especially enjoyed spending time with family, and going to one of her grandkids’ ballgames was a favorite pastime. She will be remembered for her caring spirit, her zest for life, and her deep and loyal devotion to her family and friends.
Jodi is survived by her husband of 52 years, Darrell, daughter Nicole (Dan) Hirsch of Watertown, SD, grandchildren Zach, Lauryn, and Ellie Hirsch, and brother Dennis (Margaret) Karst of Kasson, MN. She is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, step father Clarence Gussler, and son David.
Her friends on 1st street at The Resort in Mesa will be having a party to celebrate her life. A memorial service will be held at a later date this spring in Sioux Falls, SD. Memorials can be directed to The American Cancer Society, sweetadelines.com/education/young-women-harmony, or Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church, 401 S Spring Ave, Sioux Falls, SD, 57104.