Irene Jecklin

Irene A. Jecklin

Sunday, August 19th, 1928 - Saturday, October 31st, 2020
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Irene A. Jecklin, 92, of Dubuque, died Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Luther Manor.

Due to COVID 19, there will be no public visitation or service. A private family burial will be held at Dubuque Memorial Gardens. A celebration of Irene’s life will be held at a later date. Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Rd. is entrusted with arrangements.

Irene was born on August 19, 1928, in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of George and Marie (Gronau) Rubie. She graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1946. She worked briefly at Union Hoermann Press.
Irene married George Jecklin, Jr. on June 16, 1948, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dubuque. Together they farmed, first on Coates Street and later on a farm south of Dubuque.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Irene was a former Sunday School teacher. She also helped with many funeral dinners over the years.

Irene was a woman who spoke her mind. She loved the Lord, her family, donuts, and a good game of cribbage. Her four great-grandchildren were the light of her life. They affectionately referred to her as “Grandma Moo”.

Irene is survived by a daughter, JoAnn (Jim) Kopp of Asbury, Iowa; two grandchildren, Susan (Ron) Zozaya of Fairfax, Iowa, and Kevin (Katie) Kopp of Dubuque; four great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Elliott, Macy, and Milo; and her siblings, Fred (Dodie) Rubie, Arthur “Buzz” Rubie, and Lois (Dave) Hartman.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; her parents; and her siblings, John Rubie, Richard Rubie, Elinor Palmer, and Helen Augustin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or Luther Manor.
Irene's family would like to thank the outstanding nurses and staff at Luther Manor for their kind and attentive care of Irene.
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Posted at 09:37am
8:05AM CST Thursday 5 November 2020
Dear JoAnn and Jim, Susan, Kevin and families:

My sympathies to you and your family on the death of your mom (and Grandma "Moo"). You, JoAnn, and Jim, were so faithful visiting your Mom daily ever since she moved in to Luther Manor. Jim, you played cribbage with her frequently, and I know she enjoyed that.

We knew that she had had "the virus," but it was our understanding that she had recovered and "returned home" from Grand Meadow. But recently, the numbers here have also increased and we understand there has been a lot of "moving" going on. We asked Bob from time to time how she was getting along. (From church "zoom chat.") The last we knew, she was o.k, but on Monday morning, he and Verrena brought us the sad news that she had left us ... but, in faith, the glad news of Resurrection for her!

There were a number of memories shared in the dining room at that time. "Never watched the weather report, because you couldn't do anything about it anyway!" (My suggestion that at least one might 'adapt' to it by deciding whether to wear a winter coat or a light sweater, didn't seem to phase her!) (When she didn't have to go outside much, I guess that's right!) But she worked on a lot of jigsaw puzzles, enjoyed going over to the Nursing home for the afternoon music entertainments.
She was always ready to grab the cribbage board when Bob suggested a game; or when Jim came to play with her.

Before she moved in, I recall finding outside my door a jar of jam or jelly she had "put up," on several occasions. I recall also that she was also the faithful "director" of funeral meals for many years at Holy Trinity. (It wasn't a funeral dinner without Irene there to supervise!)

I recall, too, a visit Lyle and I made many years ago to UI Hospitals, to your Dad. I'm sure your mom was there at his side, too. (I don't even recall just WHEN that was.) I do remember that he told us he'd never smoked in his life ... he was the victim of "second hand smoke" from working daily in the barn with his dad who smoked a lot, he told us. Now you mom is reunited with your Dad.

May the good memories you have of both of them, and your /our Faith in the Redemption and Resurrection of our Lord comfort you in these days of loss and grieving. (And remember that grief is a normal process -- it's different for everyone, and it's not something that lasts for three days and disappears. It takes a long time, and will strike you at unexpected moments for many years to come.) But I hope that the GOOD memories will also sustain you as you move through these days, and time will help you adapt to life "without visiting mom" every day. (Perhaps you haven't been able to do that during these last 9 months of "shut down" and "No Visitors Allowed" anyway?)

God bless you, JoAnn, and all of your family.

Jean Peterson

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