My fondest memories of Jo are of doing panels with her, at which she was always funny, smart, and open. She was always ready to give good advice, and also to geeble about subjects that interested her, whether it was Highlander or Star Trek or folklore. Jo was also part of a close group of friends that did a bunch of fun things together in the 1990s, including "WineCon," a gathering of folks to tour the wineries on the north fork of Long Island.
Jo deteriorated over the past few years, suffering from dementia. By that time, she had moved to Connecticut -- once she moved out of New York City, I didn't really see her all that much. When I got the e-mail yesterday that she had died Thursday night, it wasn't really a surprise -- it had just been a matter of time. At least now, she's finally at peace.
In some ways, we already lost her some time ago, and I do miss my friend. She was a good writer, an excellent editor, a wonderful folklorist, and a fun person to be around.