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Linda Jo Sweet

Linda Jo Sweet (White) died peacefully on May 2


2021. She was born to Marguerite (Clark) and Ralph White on June 30, 1949. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother, Tom. She is survived by her 3 children: Sara (David) Harman of Allegan, Scot (Aimee) Sweet of Battle Ground WA, and Samantha Sweet (Paul Wirth) of Allegan, and 7 grandchildren, Gabrielle and Charlotte Harman, Ethan and Hanalei Sweet, Jaden and Carter Roberts and Allie Wirth.

Jo grew up a hard worker, a trait she learned from her father. Before she became the “hardware” lady, she was a butcher for Harding’s grocery store. This was a job that she loved and would tell stories of frequently. After her butcher career ended, she took over as co-owner and manager of Ace Hardware in Allegan, a business that started with her brother. Although Jo had only three children, she was “Mama Sweet” to many more kids. She was always ready to help her children’s friends, whether it was treats after a driveway basketball game, or a place to stay. She was not a person that turned away someone that needed help.

After over 25 years at Ace, Jo retired and took on the role of Grandma Jo Jo. She watched her oldest grandson Jaden from the time he was born until he went to school. They had many great adventures together and she cherished those times. Once she fully retired from babysitting, Jo would spend most of her time walking. She would wake up early, head down to Bubba’s for a coffee and then head home. She would then head out for another walk in the afternoon. One of her favorite stops was the local pharmacy to the see gals working behind the counter. If Jo was not at home, she was walking. Jo was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She was an avid volunteer, helping with holiday parties, funerals or walking in parades. Jo also loved flamingos. It was not uncommon for her to put flamingo yard sticks up in yards or around town. Her way of spreading a little humor and joy. Another love of hers was motorcycles. A rider herself, she had a love for Harley’s, as was apparent from her Harley jean jacket she would often wear.

I could go on and on about Linda Jo, she was my mother. I do not think one truly appreciates their mother until they are older and possibly a parent themselves. Although she was a single mom, that did not stop her from taking us on trips and showing us the love, we needed. She did so much for us and for others. Whether you knew her as Linda, Jo, mom, Mama Sweet, or grandma, she will be deeply missed.

A celebration of life and luncheon will take place on Sunday May 16th from 12-3 at the Eagles in Allegan with a motorcycle procession at 3pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to

Alzheimer’s Association


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Carrie Morgan Penny

May 4, 2021 at 1:19 pm

Always a “sweet” smile and friendly face to run into around town. My prayers and thoughts go out to Sara, Scot, and Samantha, as well as the grandchildren and extended family.


Janet Barber Melvin

May 4, 2021 at 2:59 pm

Grew up with her all my life! She had a heart of gold just like her dad. I worked for your grandpa cleaning all of his properties! When I would come home from college, he would put me to work for him or your mom! Just an amazing family. She was in school with my husband and they always had stories. You all are in my thoughts, another one of Allegans finest gone but not forgotten!


Roxie Nevenzel

May 4, 2021 at 3:07 pm

Dear Sara, Scot, and Samantha,

Sorry for your loss. You had a wonderful Mom and she raised three great kids. From the time she was a North Ward parent until you were grown and I’d meet her on the street and say hi she was smiling.. Hang on to all the sweet memories you have with her. She loved you dearly!


Adam Knauf

May 4, 2021 at 3:47 pm

We are so sorry to here our beloved neighbor passed. Linda was always nice to Sara and I growing up. She always allowed me to play basketball in your driveway while listening to some crazy Disney music. She even allowed us to stay in her dads house for a few months while my parents tried to finish building their home. She had a huge heart and has a great family.

With love

Adam Knauf


Ellen Knauf

May 4, 2021 at 5:47 pm

Linda was truly a caring person, and will be missed by many. As a neighbor she was there if you needed help or just a friendly chat. A great Mom and I bet a wonderful Grandma. My condolences to her family


Mike Morton

May 5, 2021 at 8:34 am

Your mother was a special person to persevere through the hardships in her life. She will be missed in Allegan. May your famy find peace and wonderful memories.


Gary A Melvin

May 5, 2021 at 10:16 am

I had a relationship with Linda and her dad for a number of years. Anyone who could call Linda a friend was truly blessed. Prayers for her family.

Gary Melvin


Marian Carol Herpst

May 5, 2021 at 11:01 am

I really liked Linda…I have many happy memories of her and the great times from years past..I am so sorry for her family’s loss and am happy that she died peacefully…


Nola Tooker

May 5, 2021 at 3:41 pm

Prayers for the families of Linda. What a sweet lady. And she was a wonderful mother, her children show how well she raised them.


Larry and Colleen Fast

May 7, 2021 at 9:10 am

We were very sorry to hear of Jo’s passing. She was a great person through and through. We have so many great memories of her time down at Ace. A pleasure to know and to work with. Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Larry and Colleen Fast


Mark Welsh

May 13, 2021 at 11:15 am

I pray for peace and rest for my dear classmate (and 1st Girlfriend) Linda. She will be forever remembered by me as cheerful, kind, unassuming, gentle and caring for all who had the privilege of knowing her.

To her adoring children, Sara (David) Harman, Scot (Aimee) Sweet, and Samantha Sweet (Paul Wirth), I pray for your reliance and strength to deal with the loss of your precious “Mama Jo Jo.”

I am so sorry I cannot be there to offer my condolences and pay my respects to Linda and her Family. I assure you though, that my heart and mind are with you today.


The Nooneys

May 14, 2021 at 10:22 am

Sorry to hear of her passing. Being a small town, she was a familiar figure at church, ace, walking and of course helping everywhere…. sympathies to Scott, Samantha and Sara. Doug and Marty Nooney


Barry A Lucas

May 25, 2021 at 1:00 pm

It was an honor to participate in Linda’s life as her pastor. She was always quiet but always friendly. Linda was honest and straightforward, hardworking and it seemed that she was always on the go! I’m grateful we got to celebrate some of her family’s big events with her. Even when she moved into Briarwood, she came every chance she could to the worship service and was always appreciative. She will be missed.


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