Jeanette A. Freese

Jeanette A. Freese, 86, of Monticello passed away peacefully Saturday, June 15, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.


Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Kramer Funeral Home, 700 Oak St. in Monticello, Iowa where a parish vigil service will be held at 3 p.m.  Visitation will continue at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart prior to funeral services on Thursday. 


Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Monticello, Iowa with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Paul Baldwin will officiate.


Jeanette was born April 27, 1933, in Hopkinton, the daughter of Emil and Josephine (Gudenkauf) Greif.  On August 12, 1954, she married the love of her life, Duane Freese, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Ryan.  He preceded her in death in 2014.


Jeanette and Duane made their home on the farm North of Monticello. Together they farmed for over 60 years. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crafting, and garage sales. She cherished her family, especially the annual Easter egg hunt for the grandkids.


Jeanette is survived by her children: Lisa (Lawrence) Zangs of St Paul, MN; Shawn (Carla) Freese of Monticello; grandsons Tyler (Bailey) Freese, Jared (Maggie) Freese, Ian and Brendan Zangs; granddaughters Jamie (Ryan) Wurtele, Nicole and Brooklyn Stark; great grandchildren: Allis and Lexi Freese, Kayden and Cheyenne Wurtele; siblings: Theresa Stevens, Arnie (Betty) Greif; in-laws: Jean, Velda, Elodie, Rita, Lois, and Marcy Greif, Janice (Don) Knapp. She is also survived by special family friends, John and Patricia Black and their children, Maria and Carlos.


She was preceded in death by her husband Duane, sons: Patrick, Jeffery, and Joseph, her parents and parents-in-law, siblings: Robert (Alvina) Greif, Joseph, John, Earl, Loras, Fay, and Louis Greif; in-laws: Jean (Clarence) Hosford and Joyce (Paul) Gassman.


The family would like to thank the staff with Helping Hands, Above & Beyond Hospice, Jones Regional Hospital, Monticello Nursing & Rehab, and Pinicon Place for their compassionate care.


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