July 8, 2022
Josephine C. "Jo" Nimmo, 93, of Springfield, Ill., died on Friday, June 24, 2022, at Concordia Village. Jo was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Staunton, the daughter of the late James and Martha Haenel Cerentano. She married William "Bill" Tallman, and they later divorced. Jo then married Leslie Nimmo on April 18, 1975, in Florida; he preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 2003.
Jo grew up in Staunton and then lived with her grandparents during her formative years. She graduated from Staunton High School in 1946 and was employed as an executive secretary at Horace Mann for many years. Jo was a volunteer at the Illinois State Museum for several years and she and Les would spend their winters in Sun City Center, Fla., where she was a member of the Sun City Center Racquet Club and Bridge Club. After Les' death, Jo began spending her winters in Mesa, Ariz., and was a member of the Mesa Regal Tennis Club, where she was a player well into her 80s and then a scorekeeper. Jo was also a computer lab monitor and would usher for live shows in Mesa. She enjoyed going to the Muni to see live shows, golfing, playing tennis, and reading. Jo and Les loved to travel the world, and they were accomplished ballroom dancers. She was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan much to her family's dismay.
Jo is survived by her children, Toni (Jerry) Johnson of Rochester, William (Karen) Tallman of Springfield; stepchildren, Price (Monica) Nimmo of Little Rock, Ark., Niles (Mary Jane) Nimmo of Nashville, Tenn., Kevin Nimmo of Nashville, Niki Nimmo of Kalamazoo, Mich.; grandchildren, Nicki (Derek) Madison, Jennifer (Chris) Stecher, and Mathew (Kate) Tallman; four great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, James Jr. and Anthony Cerentano; sister, Mary Ann Kozak; stepson, Bruce Nimmo; and stepdaughter, Mimi Nimmo Bernard.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Butler Funeral Home-Springfield with Rev. Dominic Rankin officiating.Burial was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Springfield to support the food pantry.