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Jean Brandenburg

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Jean A. Brandenburg, age 85 of Fredericksburg, Iowa died Monday morning, May 24, 2010, at the New Hampton Care Center. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday May 27, 2010 at the United Methodist Church with interment in Rose Hill Cemetery, both Fredericksburg. Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hugeback & Chenoweth Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. Jean Arlene Brandenburg was born June 8, 1924, in rural Hawkeye, IA, the daughter of Alfred James and Hazel Leona (Schrader) Foot. She received her baptism and confirmation at the Methodist Church in Hawkeye. She received her education in Hawkeye graduating in 1942. She then went on to receive her Bachelors Degree in History from Upper Iowa University in Fayette. She started her teaching career at the Bethel #5 School near Hawkeye. She continued teaching at Alpha Consolidated Schools followed by several years in Centerville, Iowa. After coming back to northeast Iowa, Jean took a job in the Black Hawk County Social Service Office in Waterloo as a case worker. On November 23, 1962, at the Hawkeye Methodist Church, Jean was united in marriage to Amos Brandenburg. To this union two daughters were born, Julie and Christie. Following her marriage, Jean remained at home to start a family and to help on the farm. In the early 1970’s Jean worked part time at the Sunrise Guest Home as a Social Service Consultant. Jean was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. She was very active in the Sunday School, the administrative board, choir, and the ladies' circle. In her retirement she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially vacations at their cabin in Clear Lake. She also looked forward to celebrating birthdays with all her friends in the birthday club. Jean also enjoyed attending any events that her grandchildren participated in and liked picnics with her family at Split Rock Park or Gouldsburg Park. Jean is survived by her husband of 47 years, Amos; two daughters, Julie Allen of New Hampton and Christie (Jim) Schmitt of Fort Atkinson; three grandchildren, Justin Allen, Nicole and Jenna Schmitt; one sister, Mary Fern (Ralph) Granneman of Odessa, FL; numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Hazel and Alfred Foot; sister, Marjorie Penney and son-in-law, Brian Allen on April 28, 2009.

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  1. Amos, Julie, Christy & families, Our sincere sympathy in your loss. Jean, was a special lady, whenever we met, you knew there was always a smile and a good conversation. She will always be remembered. Cherish your memories.

  2. Amos,Julie Christie and families, Our whole family is so saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Just know that Jean is with the Smithes again and having a pretty good conversation I’m sure. We will keep you all close in our thoughts and prayers. Mary and Harry King

  3. Christie, Jim, Nicole, & Jenna, Amos, Julie & Justin – We want to extend our deepest sympathy to you. May you always treasure your memories that will continue to live in your heart. God’s love will help keep you strong during this time.

  4. We were surprised to see the notice of your mother’s passing. There is never a good time to lose a loved one, and certainly this is true now. We know you have been through some ‘deep waters’ and will be praying that the Lord will continue to support and comfort you, Justin, and the family. With sincere sympathy, Virgil & Sandy Truman


  6. Please accept my deepest sympathies during this difficult time. Jean was always such a fun person to be around. She had a firecracker personality. She truly will be missed.

  7. Dear Amos, Julie, Justin, Christie, Jim, Nicole & Jenna, Our hearts are aching with the loss of your dear wife, mom/mom-in-law & grandmother. Jean was always such a bright spot in our Sundays ~ or whenever we would see her! Her kind ways, caring nature and gift of conversation will be dearly missed. She was so proud of her family! May the many fond memories eventually help ease the pain of your loss. With sympathy & friendship, the Crawfords

  8. Amos, Julie and Christy and all your family She was very nice and fun. She will truly be missed by all her family and friends. May your memories help comfort you. Our Sympathy, Roger and Margo

  9. Amos, Julie, Christie and your families. Jean was a special person. She had time for everyone, always with a smile and a warm welcome. I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed many visits with her and Amos. God blessed you with wonderful, wife, mother and grandmother, may your years to come be filled with great memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Steve

  10. Dear Neighbors, Our deepest sympathies to you all. Will miss Jean, her wit and smile. So fortunate to be neighbors for so many years.

  11. My ‘favorite’ ‘little’ Aunt! I will miss her ‘oh?’ to everything I said. I knew whenever I visited Fredericksburg, especially the Methodist church, I could count on seeing her smile. I’m sure Brian will be welcoming her to the heaven family picnics. Love you all.

  12. Amos and family, We send our sincere condolences. We will miss her laughter and smile in the neighborhood. Sincerely, Ken and Sue Benning

  13. Amo,Julie,Christia,Justin,and Family, You are in our prayers,Jean was such a wonderful and kind lady.She always had a smile and loved to visiti. She will be missed. Brenda Parks, Gloria Parks

  14. Christie and family, We are thinking of you at this sad time in your life. I read the obituary and realized this was your mother. I just lost my mother this spring, so I can relate to your feelings of sadness and loss. The kids were in your preschool program at NH. Take Care and please accept our sympathy. Dale and Linda Rosonke (Hannah, Nathan & Jonas)

  15. Amos, Julie, Christie and families, Our deepest condolences to you at this time of loss. Aunt Jean will certainly be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Amos , Julie, Christy , and all your family and friends The Lord will be your strength during this time and see you through. Know our hearts thoughts and prayers are with you …

  17. Amos, Julie, Christie and families, Your whole family is in our prayers. Jean always had a smile and conversation for everyone. What a wonderful lady!! God bless all of you.

  18. We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Jean was a wonderful mom and grandma, and we know she will be dearly missed by each one of you. May your loving memories of her be your strength.

  19. Amos, Christie, Julie and families, You are in our prayers. Jean was such a wonderful and kind lady. She always had a smile and loved to visit. She will be missed.

  20. Amos,Julie, Christie and families, You are in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time. Tod, Dena, and Zachary Palmer

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