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Jeanne Dempster
February 27, 1923 - February 9, 2018


Jeanne Kathleen Dempster, 94, formally of Oelwein, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018 at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.  Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Geilenfeld Funeral home in Oelwein.  Funeral services will be on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein with Rev. Connie Markle officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the Taylor House Hospice or VFW Post # 1725 in Oelwein.

Jeanne was born on February 27, 1923 in Oelwein, the daughter of William and Josephine (Albright) Irwin.  She grew up in Oelwein and graduated from Oelwein High School in 1941.  On July 18, 1943 Jean was united in marriage to Russell Dempster at the Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein. Jeanne was very active in her church and the VFW Post 1725 Auxiliary as well as a volunteer for many other activities. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, VFW Post #1725 Auxiliary and American Legion Post #9 Auxiliary.  In her spare time she enjoyed bowling, golf, knitting, crocheting and traveling. She also was a good seamstress, making her daughter’s wedding dress. But her greatest love was her family. She will be dearly missed.

Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Melvin) Little of Des Moines and a son Russell (Trish) Dempster of Ankeny, three grandchildren, Ryan (Samantha) Dempster, Derek (Jessi) Dempster and Aleksandra Little, two step grandchildren, Peter (Sarah) Gumina and Abby (Matt) House, three great grandchildren, Natalie, Layla and Rebecca Dempster, two step great grandchildren, Leo and Luca Gumina. A sister-in-law, Dorothy Irwin of Yuma, AZ, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her husband Russell (1987), three brothers, Walter Irwin, Jack Irwin and William, Jr.( in infancy), a sister, Eleanor Womack, and her parents, William and Josephine. 


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Rich & Kellye Nading on February 15, 2018 at 6:43 AM said:

Cousins Kathy, Russ & families
Heaven is having a great reunion as Aunt Jeanne and Uncle Bill (Russell) reunite. We know there are so many wonderful memories for you to recall. We wish we could be there today to share some of the great stories of Aunt Jeanne's life. Will be thinking of everyone and praying you have comfort at this time.
Rich & Kellye
Faye Lillibridge Neumeyer on February 14, 2018 at 6:54 PM said:

I am sorry for your loss. Jeanne was just sweet gal play cards with her and had nice time.
Annette Roth on February 13, 2018 at 4:47 PM said:

Russ and Trish,
We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. Prayers of peace.
The Roth Family.N
Ginger Irwin-Stram on February 13, 2018 at 2:23 PM said:

Rest In Peace Aunt Jeanne. I will greatly miss you and our long phone conversation.mj68
Dennis Ohl on February 13, 2018 at 11:01 AM said:

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember her well, both as a neighbor from my early childhood on, and later as a lunch lady. I will remember you all in my prayers. Dennis
Jane Beckner Andresano on February 13, 2018 at 7:57 AM said:

Kathy and Russ and families;
I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She was a special lady and a great mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this very difficult time.
Jackie Bradford on February 12, 2018 at 4:51 PM said:

Jeanne, was my "covenant sister" and was instrumental in my early walk of faith as a new Christian. Her grace and bountiful love, steadfastness in prayer and in her living faith witness are a part of the fabric of my life and will forever influence my ministry. I recall all the times she shared about the major events in her children and grandchildren's lives. She loved you so much and was a proud mother and grandmother. She will be missed. I think I was the only one in the group who she let call her JEAN--EE! It was my term of endearment. God has received her into the joy of her home eternal in the heavens. May God's assurance, comfort and peace be with you in this time of loss and finding your way into all of your tomorrows.
Ginny Hwang on February 12, 2018 at 1:25 PM said:

Aunt Jeanne will be very much missed. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend.
Sharon Long on February 12, 2018 at 12:12 PM said:

Russ & Kathy & Family
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. You mother and grandmother was a remarkable woman. She loved you all so very much. Sending hugs to all, she will truly be missed. Sharon & Roger Long

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