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Jeanne Miller

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Jeanne Catherine Miller age 82 of Ionia, IA died Saturday, November 19, 2022 at the Perry Lutheran Home in Perry, IA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2022, at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Ionia, with Rev. Jim Goerend celebrating the Mass. Interment will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery in Ionia with Jeanne's grandchildren serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2022, at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass on Monday at the church. Jeanne was born on March 11, 1940, to Norbert and Catherine Schwickerath in New Hampton, Iowa and grew up on a farm between Ionia and New Hampton. The oldest of the Schwickeraths’ 12 children , Jeanne received her education at the Catholic school in Ionia, and helped her parents on the farm. In some ways, she was the “second mother” to some of her younger siblings, beginning a life in which she always put others before herself. After graduating from high school, she married the love of her life, Leon Miller, on Feb. 10, 1959, and the couple settled in Ionia, where they welcomed their seven children — Jack, Cindy, Cathy, Mike, Janet and twins Jim and Jerry. They had a wonderful mother who taught them to be social, be kind, how to have fun, to have God in their lives and that family was everything. She loved all seven of her children unconditionally and always supported them. Jeanne loved to listen to her kids tell her about their lives and their adventures and was always there for them in their times of sorrow. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years, but once all of her children were in school, Jeanne worked at the Ionia Elevator, was the city clerk of Ionia, spent time at Beatrice in Fredericksburg and then took a job at CUNA Mutual, where she worked until retirement. For many years, she was also a Mary Kay consultant. Everyone loved Jeanne. She was just so much fun to be around throughout her life. Her daughters remember playing Barbies in the dining room and hearing Mom singing along with the radio in the kitchen. Jeanne loved decorating for the holidays, and she had lights up throughout the year. Family always came first. She hosted the Schwickerath reunion for a couple of years at her house, which was like a small city within a small city with all her relatives gathered! Jeanne was an outstanding baker, and we’re all going to miss her cinnamon and pecan rolls. She loved playing cards, and she so enjoyed teaching her kids and grandkids how to play Euchre, which was always played by “Ionia rules!” She was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa State Cyclones, enjoyed country and Christmas music and camping, where she and her friends were always singing around the campfire. This remarkable woman who loved so fiercely will be so missed by all those that knew her. She had a big heart, but she is now reunited with Leon, her husband of more than 63 years, and we’re sure they’re smiling down upon us and probably back to making cool craft items, like they did for so many years. Jeanne is survived by four sons; Jack (Cathy) Miller of CA, Mike (Heidi) Miller of Urbandale, Jim (Michelle) Miller of Waukee, Jerry (Shannon) Miller of Waukee; three daughters, Cindy (Bill) Flesch of Waukee, Cathy (Dale) King of Lawler, Janet Kovalsky of Waukee; twelve grandchildren, Abby (Rafal) Kuchta, Erica (Mike) Wadas, Brooke Miller, Mackenzie Flesch, Hunter Flesch, Madison Flesch, Steph (Adam) Bowersox, Holly (Chris) Hulke, Christopher Kovalsky, Justin Kovalsky, Brandon Miller, Ashlee Miller; five great-grandchildren, Jase Bowersox, Cooper Bowersox, Maya Kuchta, Zoey Kuchta, Lucy Hulke; eight brothers; Ken (Marilyn) Schwickerath, Dan (Herminda) Schwickerath, Andy (Mary Ann) Schwickerath, Steve Schwickerath, Tom (Carol) Schwickerath, Keith (Penny) Schwickerath, Roy (Deb) Schwickerath, Al (Dana) Schwickerath; two sisters, Mary (Mark) McDermott, Teresa (Terrence) Pratt; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Schwickerath, Florence Flugge. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leon on April 29, 2022; son-in-law, David Kovalsky; one brother, Charlie Schwickerath; three brothers-in-law, Dennis Miller, Jerome (Catherine) Miller, Alden Flugge; sisters-in-law, Brenda Schwickerath, Elaine Schwickerath.

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  1. Sending our thoughts and prayers. Jeanne was a great person, always loved to talk with her and work with her as well. Deb Stastny

  2. We are so very sorry for your loss! Your mom was fun lady with a big heart. Have peace knowing that she is with your dad. Thoughts and prayers for you all. Dan & Peg Testroet

  3. My sincere sympathy to the Miller family. Jeanne was a special lady. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers

  4. Everyone loved Jeanne Mildog!! The heavenly skies are celebrating tonight! Sending big hugs to the whole Miller family, so very sorry for your loss! Your Mom was a gem!

  5. Steph – My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you be comforted by family, memories, and of course your team at Bankers Trust.

  6. Deepest sympathy to the Miller family. Jeanne was always smiling and laughing. She was so fun. Hugs to you all.

  7. Sympathies to the Miller family in the time of a lost loved one. She was always fun, jolly and provided great company.
    Sending Prayers,
    Kevin & Linda Roths

  8. Sending our sympathy to the Miller family. Jeannie was such a fun, friendly lady with a beautiful smile. Many good memories with your mom & dad.
    Scott & Penny Perkins

  9. So many sweet memories of your mom. I picture her sitting on a lawn chair, decked out in a cute outfit with coordinating jewelry and hair done just right. She is smiling and laughing and holding a nice cold beer. She was one that seemed to love living in the present. Jean was always fun to talk to, and always happy to be around friends and family. What an amazing legacy she leaves behind. I am so sorry for your loss. You have had a rough year. I know, however, that the strength of your family and your faith in God instilled by your parents and community will see you through. Not sure how in the world your mom had time to do all of the things she did!! 7 children, my gosh!!! My prayers are with you all. Sending love, peace and smiles through tears. She will be sadly missed, and sweetly remembered.

    Jamie (Siglin) Brady

  10. A Lifetime of countless Memories, leave me not even knowing where to begin… My heart is so sad and will always hold a Special corner, with this Amazing, fun-loving, and, full of Love, Life, and, Laughter in it💜🎶🎊 She raised 7 AWESOME KIDS & loved them each one, along with her Beautiful Grandkids, so fiercely❤ Life will never be the same, for any of us, who love her so DEARLY, with her no longer in it😥💔

  11. Our thoughts and prayers are sent out to the Miller family. Keep your mom’s smile on your face it was beautiful!!

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