Jean Vonnahme, 68, of Carroll, died Thursday evening, Oct. 3, 2019, at her home surrounded by family.
Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, Oct. 8, at St. John Paul II Parish-Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. The celebrant was Father Kevin Richter. Mass servers were Jack Badding, Brock Badding and Fletch Badding. Music was by Jake Gute. Lector was Karyn Sapp. Gift bearers were Samantha Baumeister, Cody Baumeister, Derrie Vonnahme, Taye Vonnahme, Braxton Vonnahme, Avah Vonnahme, Scarlett Vonnahme, Bria Moeller and Kash Moeller. Eucharistic ministers were Joni Badding and Joan Kerwood. Casket bearers were Kevin Forke, Brian Forke, Shawn Schaefer, Brad Vonnahme, Bruce Baumeister and Ron Wittrock. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.
Funeral arrangements were under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Jean’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com.
Born on Aug. 9, 1951, in Carroll, Iowa, Jean was a daughter of Vernice and Lila (Ricke) Forke. She spent her childhood in the Maple Park neighborhood in Carroll and graduated from Kuemper High School. On Sept. 19, 1970, Jean married Robert Vonnahme at Holy Spirit Church in Carroll. Together they had three children, Shelby, Dana and Brandon. Jean worked from a young age, starting her career as a bookkeeper at Deluxe Cleaners and then with General Electric where she spent 22 years before its shutdown. Jean started working for Advantage One Credit Union, which later was bought by Iowa Community Credit Union and then became Dupaco Community Credit Union where she later retired.
Jean loved working on Sudoku books, watching soaps and game shows, and most of all spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid supporter of all her grandkids and rarely missed any event they participated in. Jean’s favorite times were when one, or even two, would climb up on her lap and let her hold them. She was sure to let everyone know how much she loved them.
Jean is survived by her husband, Robert Vonnahme, of Carroll; daughters, Shelby Baumeister (Sean Drumheller) of Carroll and Dana (Matt) Collison of Carroll; son, Brandon (Teresa) Vonnahme, of Carroll; 11 grandchildren: Samantha Baumeister (Eddie Vogl), Cody Baumeister, Derrie Vonnahme, Taye, Braxton, Avah, Scarlett Vonnahme, Savannah, Spencer Sullivan and Seth Drumheller; two great-grandchildren: Bria Moeller and Kash Moeller; siblings: Veda (Norman) Stougard of Des Moines, Lynn (Sandy) Forke of Carroll, Joan (Bill) Anderson of Des Moines, Gary (Kath) Forke of Carroll, and Vern (Shannon) Forke of Onawa; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Peggy Forke of Carroll, Marcella Patton of Carroll, Randy (Darlene) Vonnahme of Wall Lake, Ron (Mary) Vonnahme of Carroll, Mary (Kevin) Hike of Lake City, Marilyn Miller of Fonda, Marge (Todd) Mumm of Westside and Richard (Leslie) Vonnahme of Carroll.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernice and Lila (Ricke) Forke; parents-in-law, Martin and Juanita (Kuker) Vonnahme; three brothers, Dale, Lyle and Glen; and brother-in-law Floyd Patton.