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In Memory of

Jeanne Weilein Harper

March 20, 1930 - January 2, 2018

Obituary


Jeanne Weilein Harper quietly left this earth on Tuesday morning, January 2, 2018 at Trinity Center, Luther Park in Des Moines, following complications of a stroke she suffered last summer. A memorial reception to honor Jeanne and reflect on her life will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Snowden House in Waterloo, Iowa. A Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be held Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Jeanne was born in Waterloo, Iowa on the first day...

Jeanne Weilein Harper quietly left this earth on Tuesday morning, January 2, 2018 at Trinity Center, Luther Park in Des Moines, following complications of a stroke she suffered last summer. A memorial reception to honor Jeanne and reflect on her life will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Snowden House in Waterloo, Iowa. A Funeral Mass of Resurrection will be held Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Jeanne was born in Waterloo, Iowa on the first day of spring (March 20) in a year she protected fiercely; the daughter of Arthur J. Curran and Lucille G. (Weber) Curran. Jeanne graduated from West High School in Waterloo before attending Clarke College in Dubuque, where she completed a year of study. She returned to Waterloo and attended what is now the University of Northern Iowa for a year before marrying.

Jeanne raised three children on her own. She worked for over 30 years at Rath Packing Company in Waterloo in the Payroll and Cashier Departments. After Rath closed, she worked at Nelson Insurance/Waterloo Club.

Jeanne's kindness and compassion shone in every aspect of her life. She served as the primary caretaker for her aging mother. She volunteered at Roosevelt School, where she worked with children and families; Jeanne's dedication earning her recognition by then-Governor Terry Branstad as Volunteer of the Year. When her mother passed away and retirement time came, Jeanne looked toward warmer weather and moved to Surprise, Arizona in 1996. After a few years, at the age of 70, she met the love of her life-who just happened to be named Gene and happened to be 80! The "Pair-o-Jeans" wasted no time; they were married and had 10 wonderful years together before Gene passed away. Jeanne remained in Arizona until this past summer, when she returned to Iowa to be closer to family. Three days later, she had a severe stroke.

Jeanne enjoyed life! She was fiercely independent; she loved her Irish Heritage and "discussing" politics. She was a proud liberal with deep moral roots. But most of all-and more than anything-she loved her family.

Jeanne is survived by her daughter Becky (Weilein) Reding (Maury), West Des Moines; her son George Weilein (Janice), Cedar Falls; her son Daniel Weilein (Sandra LaFave), Cedar Falls; grandchildren, Nick (Trinity) Reding, Adam (Jennifer) Reding, Emily Reding (Casey) Mills, Felicia (Reding) Torrey, Erica Weilein, Alexa Weilein, Catherine Weilein, Lucia Weilein, Graham Weilein, and Oliver Weilein; 6 great-grandchildren; her brother Larry (Dotty) Curran, Gurley, AL; sister-in-law Rosemary Curran, Waterloo; five nieces; one nephew; and additional great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eugene E. Harper; parents; sister, Mary Jane Curran Huston, and brother, John T. Curran.

Jeanne's cremated remains will rest beside her husband, Gene, at a later date in Sun City, Arizona.

Memorials may be directed to St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, Surprise, Arizona, where Jeanne and Gene were active Charter members. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mclarensresthavenchapel.com.