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Jeanette Garbes

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Jeanette E. Garbes age 93 of Nashua, IA died Monday, June 3, 2019, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua with Rev. Drew McHolm officiating. Interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Nashua with Pat Lentz, Ryan Garbes, Chad Nelson, Scott Edson, Ken Lawrence and Dan Garbes serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer is Aaron Lentz. Friends may greet the family 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Online condolences for Jeanette's family may be left at hugebackfuneralhome.com Jeanette Elizabeth Garbes was born December 2, 1925, to John and Elizabeth (Schrage) Mennenga in rural Butler County, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. She attended country schools through the 8th grade. As a young girl, she worked for a couple of families helping with children and housekeeping. This also provided an opportunity for her to work occasionally in a grocery store in Shell Rock, and later she was employed in a grocery store in Waverly. Jeannette had a love for music and was given a guitar after 8th grade. She loved to play and sing, and entertained for Farm Bureau Programs and also at the Butler County Fair. She played and sang with the Garbes Family. Jeannette was married to Raymond Garbes on February 1, 1948. The couple started farming in rural Clarksville. During this time, a son Roger was born in 1948, and twin daughters, Janice and Jean were born in March of 1951. Their youngest son, Ron was born in 1964. In 1956 they purchased their farm in rural Nashua from Victor Prudhon. They lived and farmed there until December of 2014. They worked side by side on the farm; milking cows, raising hogs and chickens, producing crops such as corn, oats and hay. Jeanette had a large flock of laying hens and through the years she sold the eggs to many neighbors and customers in Nashua and to a restaurant in Charles City. She always enjoyed visiting with the people who came to get fresh eggs on a regular basis, or those on her delivery route. She was an active member of the Little Brown Church in Nashua, serving with the Sunday School, and the Women's Fellowship. It was always a great pleasure for Jeanette to communicate with couples who were making arrangements for receptions, and to visit the many visitors at the church for Sunday morning worship. Jeanette is survived by her children; Roger (Susan) Garbes of Nashua, IA, Janice (Jeff) Edson of Ionia, IA, Ron (Dawn) Garbes of Nashua, IA; fourteen grandchildren, Aaron (Kristen) Lentz, Pat (Britney) Lentz, Ryan (Susan Storck) Garbes, Lisa (Chad) Nelson, Brenda Edson, Scott (Meagan) Edson, Tisha Brown (Jeff Jenkins), Heather Brown, Lara (Ken) Lawrence, Kristi (Kevin) Winks, James (Courtney) Hammer, Raychel (Trevor) Ronnei, Dan (Sarah) Garbes, and Emily (Ryan) Fisher; twenty-one great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Vera Garbes, Ruth (Don) Fenneman, Marlene (Bud) Mennenga; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; daughter, Jean Hammer; granddaughter, Traci Garbes.

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  1. Without a doubt one of the sweetest ladies I have ever cared for at Linn Haven. I will miss our talks. She is now reunited with Raymond. She spoke of him frequently. Love and prayers to her family. Linda Flick.

  2. Such a beautiful lady with a great sense of humor. I am so thankful I was able to spend some time with her and her beautiful family yesterday. I just know she’s washing eggs in heaven .😉 Jana Frost

  3. We are so sorry to hear about Jeanette. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.

  4. My sympathy to Jeanette’s family. I have so many memories of Jeanette and Raymond and their family! growing up having them as our good neighbors, my folks and them worked together many years with farming, also us kids riding school bus together. Our folks and Jeanette and Raymond went to many Fireman’s Balls together and there are a few fun stories I remember! Tell Mom and Dad hi and I know Raymond was waiting for you Jeanette! The 4 of you can go dancing once again!! Love to all your family Jim & Sandy (Hicok) Miller Hot Springs Ar.

  5. A Tribute to Grandma (Jeanette) Garbes

    I was born when my mother and father were 18 going on 19 years old. My father was in college and my mother worked, I believe in the secretary pool at a local newspaper. On weekends our little family went home to Grandma Garbes’ house. I imagine my young parents relied heavily on their parents and although I have very few memories of my early years I know we spent a lot of time on the Garbes farm. I had an uncle, Ron who was 6 years older than me and as I grew up he became my playmate.

    After my parents divorced my mom took my sisters and me to grandmas’ house every other weekend. We spent one weekend at our dad’s and the other with Grandma. I loved those weekends of good food, plenty of laughter and time spent on the farm “helping” grandma. I remember feeding calves, helping to carry milk, riding along on the tractor, picking corn, making hay, feeding chickens and gathering eggs. There was always something to do on the farm and grandma was happy to have the company.

    Childhood images are of her washing eggs in the basement, peeling potatoes in the kitchen, collecting eggs in the hen house, welcoming egg customers, jotting down recipes off the open line, baking bread or cookies or pies, and in the evenings playing cards, sitting around the kitchen table laughing and telling stories or watching Hee Haw on TV. The trusty old cuckoo clock marked the hours and grandma would tuck us in at night on a fold out couch in the living room. In the morning we would wake up to eggs and bacon frying in the kitchen and the morning sounds of two farmers who had already milked their cows and taken care of their morning chores by the time sleepy girls stumbled into the kitchen. It was heaven.

    Regardless of the storms that raged around us, grandma’s house was a safe haven, a refuge. It was a place we knew without a doubt that we were loved. When our mother left us to follow the man who would become her second husband to Colorado Grandma Garbes became more than a grandma to me. And when our mother died just a few years later, she became the living link to our roots, our family, our heritage.

    Here’s the thing about this humble farmer from rural Iowa. She knew how to accept others and she taught us to be kind, hospitable and loving to everyone. She knew what it meant to welcome three lost girls and to create a sanctuary for us. She knew how to be there for us. She was never more than a phone call or a letter away and was always ready to welcome us home with open arms. Grandma Garbes made sure we knew we were loved and that we had somewhere in this world where we belonged. She kept us connected to the family and in some ways I believe her love, consistency and stability saved my life.

    Grandma, thank you for all the love. Thank you for being grandmother and mother for me. Thank you for those oft repeated words – there’s always a place for you here. I carry your love with me always.

    Your loving granddaughter,

  6. To the Garbes family. I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful caring & loving mother & grandmother. I have to admit its taken me a while to write. I have so many fond memories of this strong faithful women. The biggest memory that stands out is her concern for not only her girls but for Connie Hicok as well on starting drivers training soon & none of us having had any driving experience. 😊 Not to fear she loaded us up in the family car & we had our first driving lessons in a freshly bailed hay field. A precious woman of God in every way. So many wonderful memories of your parents & grandparents…our parents. Hard working, loving, compassionate people that taught us all so much about life & probably at the time we didn’t even realize it. May God Bless you all in the days, months & years ahead. Connie Hicok Holstun

  7. I will miss Jeanette, I would come to Linn Haven and play music, and she would sometimes sit by me, and after I played we would talk about our music. Such a wonderful warm talented person she was. She and John Witt (my husband who passed away June 5) would eat at the same table together. We will have pleasant memories of our loved ones. Nancy K Witt

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