We lost Jodeen Ducharme

Our Jodeen Ann Dirkers Ducharme, passed away on May 7, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Jean Marc Ducharme II, her two daughters Darcy Ducharme and Danielle Ducharme Wunn, a son-in-law Chris Wunn and a granddaughter, Arabella Wunn, a step-son John Ducharme of Augusta, a daughter-in-law Paulina Ducharme and two grandsons Marco and Oliver Ducharme. She also is survived by four brothers, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends and relatives scattered across the nation and world who will cherish her memory.

Born on May 29, 1942, in Indianapolis, IN, to Jerome B. Dirkers and Isabella Kleusch Dirkers, Jodeen graduated from the College of St. Benedict in St. Cloud, MN in 1964, and earned her Master's Degree in Communication from University of Wisconsin-Superior. She was a world traveler from a young age, starting her teaching career in Alaska, and then moving overseas to teach at Department of Defense schools in Germany.

Jodeen and Marc Ducharme with Charles Hubbard - GAVM meeting November 11th 2010
After marrying in Heidelberg Castle and skiing her way through Europe, she and Marc Ducharme settled stateside in Colorado Springs where both daughters were born before the family moved to Atlanta in 1985. After Jodeen's children began school, she avidly reconnected with her inner teacher finding her niche teaching Public Speaking at DeKalb and Georgia Perimeter colleges where she was named the "Outstanding Faculty Member" for 2001. Her devotion produced a profound impact on students who never thought they could give speeches. She also gave her time and energy to mentor and create camaraderie at the college and in her family. As president of the Georgia Communication Association she was honored as an Outstanding Leader of a State Organization by the National Communication Association. She will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends, but most of all by her family. She loved to travel, garden, and watch movies. Family and friends celebrated the life of Jodeen Dirkers Ducharme on May 14th, 2011 at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church.