Jeanette Fae Kuhlman, 79, of Carroll, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
Funeral was held Wednesday, Jan. 8, at United Methodist Church in Dow City, Iowa. The Rev. Jim Turner and Ace Ettleman officiated the service with interment at the Dow City Cemetery. Organist Martha Sibbel provided accompaniment for congregational hymns “In the Garden” and “Until We Meet Again.” Honorary casket bearers were Elizabeth Kenkel, Mackenzie Wynia and Charley Wynia. Casket bearers were Patrick Putnam, Nicholas Putnam, Mitchell Putnam, Terry Kenkel, Benjamin Kenkel and Jason Jacobs.
Huebner Funeral Home in Denison was in charge of arrangements.
Jeanette was born Aug. 25, 1940, on a farm near Dunlap, Iowa. She was one of four children born to William and Gladys (Crawford) Knierim.
The family moved to a farm in the Dow City School District where Jeanette received all of her elementary and high school education. Here she developed her love for music, was elected homecoming queen in 1957, and graduated from Dow City-Arion High School in 1958. The following fall she enrolled in Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she would receive her bachelor’s degree in music in 1962. Soon after, Jeanette began teaching at the Hubbard Community School followed by the Lohrville School District.
On July 27, 1963, Jeanette married Rex Kuhlman at United Church of Christ in Hubbard, Iowa. For the next three years, they lived in the Hubbard area before moving to Bettendorf, Iowa. In 1970, they moved to Dow City to make their home on a farm where they were privileged to celebrate 56 years of marriage.
Jeanette spent several years substitute teaching at the Dow City school, served as a teacher’s aide in the music department, maintained the Dow House, and delighted in her time working with the residents of the Dunlap Care Center.
In her free time she gave private piano lessons to dozens of students and aided as the organist at United Methodist Church in Dow City where she was a lifetime member. Throughout her life, Jeanette gave generously of her time and talent to the church, school and community.
Jeanette was a member of several area organizations including United Methodist Women, Paradise Township Coffee Club and Iowa Music Teachers Association. In her leisure time, she loved gardening, quilting, cross-stitching, and reading, as well as researching family and area history. Fond memories were also made traveling to Hawaii, Canada and Yuma, Arizona, and enjoying Panama Canal and Alaskan cruises.
Jeanette is survived by her husband, Rex, of Carroll; three daughters, Donna Putnam and her husband, Patrick, of Dow City, Kristi Kenkel and her husband, Terry, of Carroll, and Kathy Jacobs and her husband, Jason, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; six grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Knierim of Fort Dodge and Keith Knierim and his wife, Sharon, of Council Bluffs; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister, Janet Steindl.