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Catherine Jo Briggle

Catherine Jo Briggle
(71) of Phoenix, Arizona left her recent life of chronic pain on Saturday, March 19
th to reunite with her beloved parents, Albert and Joan Briggle, her sister Susan, and husband, Thomas Schollmeyer.

“CJ” was born, January 11, 1951 at St. Charles Hospital (Toledo, Ohio), grew up in Curtice, and graduated from Genoa High School in the Comet class of 1969. One of nine, CJ’s adventure began with a stint with the FBI in Washington, DC, employment with Questor (Toledo), P.I.E. trucking, Red Ball Express, sales representatives for union affairs in Denver, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, dispatcher, and lastly as an administrative clerk for the justice system of Maricopa County, Arizona.

She was an ardent Democrat, who worked diligently for years in organizing campaigns and candidate fundraisers, attending party rallies, and promoting social causes. CJ’s travels included treks in Europe, Japan, the fifty states with notable memories made from Colorado, Montana, Arizona, and Ohio. She seldom missed family outings, whether the many niece or nephew weddings, Christmases, and the festive July retreats at the Put-In-Bay cottage.

Passionate about living, Cathi Jo cruised the seas, played the nickel slots, and became very adept at euchre,  pinnacle, and as a tournament tested bridge master. Any gathering became a party with CJ.

Left to mourn her passing, are her siblings Rick (Gina) Briggle, Karen McKown, John (Ginny) Briggle, Tom (Linda) Briggle, Jean (Mike) Garrison, Patricia (Mike) Tokarcik, and Terrie (Ed) Jensen, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and the entire Schollmeyer family. Special Arizonian friends of Marlene, Keith, Ann, and Sean showed unconditional love for her. CJ’s devotion to her three “rescue” dogs in Yoda, Willow, and Kai is inspirational as is her wishes for organ donations. Tributes considered could include the Humane Society, American Cancer Society, or one of personal choice.

Bueler Chandler Mortuary ( is making arrangements for her final interment. A celebration of her life is planned for later this year. Shed tears if you must, but find comfort in knowing CJ lived a life of proud service, generosity, and dedicated loyalty to others. To paraphrase the angel Clarence in “The Wonderful Life”, she died rich with friends and with such wealth.


  • Sharlene, Dick, Joe, Chris and Julia Schollmeyer Posted March 22, 2022 9:23 AM

    Our hearts are broken to hear of CJ’s passing. She was such an important person in all The Schollmeyer’s lives. We shared our wedding anniversary and she never forgot!

  • Tom Briggle Posted March 24, 2022 8:48 AM

    She was such a joy to be around, a great sister in my life.

    • Sharlene Schollmeyer Posted March 24, 2022 9:01 AM

      Tom we all were just so sorry to hear about CJ. Condolences to all of you. Please keep in contact.

  • Mary Schollmeyer Olympia Posted March 24, 2022 11:51 AM

    To Dear Family and Friends of CJ. Bill and I are so very saddend by CJ’s unexpected passing. She was a force of nature, love, and courage, and I will miss her forever. Please stay in touch. Please let us know when the memorial will be. Love to all, Tom’s sister, Mary.

  • Joan Meyer Posted March 26, 2022 7:03 AM

    She was so generous , loved playing cards with her. And her visits .

  • Dale Dervin Posted March 26, 2022 10:09 AM

    My condolences to all my Briggle friends. I had the pleasure to meet her only once, and will remember characteristic Briggle wit fondly. I am so, so sorry. -D.

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