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Jeanne Stiner - February 02, 2013


Longtime area resident Jeanne Stiner died Feb. 2, 2013 at the Haxtun Extended Care Unit where she resided for the past 11 months. She was 91 years old and lived a full and active life.

Dorothy Jeanne was born Sept. 12, 1921 in Lincoln, Neb. to Walter Leroy and Martha Mae (Renner) Pinnell. She graduated from South Omaha High School in 1939.

The following summer, she went on a blind date with Eldon Hugh Johnson, an electrician for the Union Pacific Railroad. They were married Dec. 4, 1940. In 1950, they moved to Dailey and eventually bought a farm five miles south of there and later raised sheep.

Within two years, two daughters, Vicki and Patti, were born. Eldon died of a sudden heart attack on Nov. 27, 1971, and Jeanne, her family and some friends helped her lamb the 500 ewes through that winter. Jeanne’s strong work ethic and determination to stay on the farm was amazing. She continued to raise her sheep, where she earned the name “Little Bo Peep.”

On Dec. 16, 1979, she married Jerome “Jerry” Stiner from Bakersfield, Calif. They resided on the farm until last February when Jerry moved back to Bakersfield with his son and family for additional care due to his advanced Alz­heimer’s disease.

Jeanne’s health was failing as well, and she became a resident of the Haxtun Extended Care Unit until her death. Jerry died Dec. 26, 2012, and Jeanne died only 38 days later.

Jeanne will be remembered for her loving and generous heart. She was a volunteer at the Haxtun Hospital for over 25 years and was known as the “Popcorn Lady.” Eventually Jerry would join her on the rounds in the hospital. They became very fond of the residents and staff and looked forward to spending time with them.

As an avid bowler for over 50 years, she and her friends competed in numerous state and national tournaments, earning titles frequently. Unfortunately, she was unable to continue and retired from the sport at 88 years old.

Jeanne was a member of the Haxtun United Methodist Church and belonged to the Bi Tri Federated Club, American Legion Auxiliary, was a charter member of the Happy Hands Volunteers and an honorary member of the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by her daughters, Vicki Fuesz and husband Gary and Patti Ham and husband Rod; four grandchildren, Cindy Chapdelaine and husband John, Cory Fuesz and wife Heather, Marcie Davis and husband Michael and Tracy Ham and wife Melyssa; six great-grandchildren, Greg and Lance Chapdelaine, Clinton Laflin and Cash Fuesz, and Marshall and Macie Davis; sister, Ella Mae Miller; and nieces and nephews, Anna Mae Briscoe and husband Randy, Marilyn Staton, Mike Glenn, Marsha Glenn and Bill Grauberger.

A memorial service for both Jeanne and Jerry will be held at the Haxtun United Methodist Church on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m., officiated by Pastor David Barton. They will be missed, but their memories will live on in all who knew and loved them. Inurnment will be at the Haxtun Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to a scholarship fund for local nursing students to further their education or to the Haxtun United Methodist Church Children’s Education Department.

Gerk Funeral Homes is entrusted with the arrangements.