Jeanette Lucille Boever 89 of Remsen, Iowa, passed away on July 3, 2020 at Happy Siesta Health Care Center in Remsen, IA.
Private Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Remsen, IA with Father William McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Remsen, IA. Visitation with no family present, keeping to social distancing restrictions will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Fisch Funeral Home & Monument in Remsen.
Jeannette was born on February 24th, 1931 to Leo and Clara (Berning) Heidesch in Remsen, Iowa. She was raised on a farm southeast of Remsen. Jeanette loved living on the farm driving the tractor, feeding the pigs, and milking the cows. She has one sister Betty. In 1948, tragedy struck the Heidesch family when Jeanette’s father Leo passed away at the age of 44. Clara and the two girls moved to town in 1949. Clara married Martin Klein in 1951 and Jeanette now had three stepsisters Shirley, Marlene, and Audrey.
Jeanette received her education from Remsen St. Mary’s where she met the love of her life, Jim Boever. She graduated from St. Mary’s in May of 1949 and married Jim one month later on June 21st. Jim and Jeanette moved to a farm east of Remsen that was previously inhabited by Jim’s parents, John and Mary Boever. On August 15, 1950, they welcomed their first son, Michael John. From there, their family steadily grew over the years to include Patrick, Mary Lynn, Robert, William, Kathy, Susie, and James Jr. Their days were busy raising crops of corn, soybeans, and hay, as well as livestock of cattle, hogs, sheep, and chickens.
Jeanette enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and was an outstanding cook. She was a cook at St. Mary’s school for 21 years and a lifetime member of Christian Mothers. Jim introduced her to fishing and a second love affair took hold. She was notorious for always catching the first and the largest fish whenever they had the chance to go fishing.
Family was always the most important to Jeanette as she and Jim have been blessed with 8 children; survivors include, her husband of 71 years, Jim of Remsen, IA; 7 children, Patrick (Kathy) Boever of Palo, IA, Mary Lynn (Rodney) Fritz of Murdock, NE, Robert Boever and special friend Deb Maxwell of Scotland, SD, William (Carol) Boever of Barga, MI, Kathy (Louie) Mohning of Marcus, IA, Susie (Scott) Cooper of Sioux Falls, SD, James Jr. (Sonja) Boever of St. Cloud, MN; 26 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren; her sister, Betty (George) Wittkop of Remsen, IA; 3 step-sisters, Shirley Elser of Hartley, IA, Marlene Westphalen of Spencer, IA, Audrey Stromberg of Ames, IA; one sister-in-law, Shirley Harpenau of Remsen, IA.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents Leo & Clara, step-father Martin, and son Michael.
Casket bearers will be her grandsons, Michael & Matthew Fritz, Jason Jorgensen, Scott Boever, Chris & Jon Boever, Jeffrey & Tyler Shetterly, Chase Cooper, Bryce Boever.
Honorary bearers will be Shannon Boever, Melissa Ross, Maren Ruehle, Rebecca Fruncillo, Teresa Streeter, Jessica Steffen, Makenna Boever, Renee Beeck, Louis Mohning, David Mohning, Jake Mohning, Jessica Phillips, Brant Wynn, Leah Reznikov, Laura Johnston, Justin Reznikov, Jordan Reznikov.
In lieu of flowers please direct memorials to the family for a fund to be decided at a later date.