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Jean Hoefer


1924 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Jean Hoefer Obituary
JEAN HOEFER, 90 FREEPORT - The Lord took Jean Hoefer home on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She was 90 years old. Jean was born on February 23, 1924, to Pearl (Easker) and James Springer in Cedar Rapids. She was the first of their six children. The growing family lived in Kansas City, St. Paul, and Chicago Heights, before moving to Freeport, where Jean graduated from Freeport High School in 1942. She married the love of her life, Merrill C. Hoefer, in 1947. During their 60 years of marriage until his death in 2008, they shared a steadfast commitment to their family, church and community and enjoyed the company of many wonderful friends. Jean was cherished by her three children, Barbara (Doug) Hanson of Crystal Lake, Paul (Terese) Hoefer and Doug (Mary Ann) Hoefer of Freeport. She is further survived by seven grandchildren who adored her, Kate (Scott) Hamann and Margaret (David) Golz of Milwaukee, Kelsey Hoefer of Indianapolis, Max Hoefer of Freeport, Anne Hoefer of Chicago, Mike (Laura) Hoefer of Freeport, and Cody Corran of Madison. She was also a dear Grandma to Solongo Ganbold, whose loving and gentle care enriched the final years of Jean's life. Jean remained in Freeport when her family relocated to Kansas City following the death of her father. The Springer family remained a source of pride and joy throughout her life. She treasured time spent with her sisters and brothers-in-law, Joan and Ray Peterson, Joy Sublette, Jane Taylor and Byron Constance, and Judy and Larry Terry. She was also a loving aunt and great-aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved brother, James Gordon Springer, and brothers-in-law, Russell Sublette and Dennis Taylor. Jean was a faithful member of Embury Church for over 60 years. She was a Sunday School teacher and famous for her homemade peanut brittle. Well over 1000 pounds of her candy were sold at the annual Christmas Bazaar over the years. She was also a member of the Sorosis Guild. She was a member of Chapter B.E. of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. A generous and creative woman with many talents, Jean designed and maintained beautiful gardens, and was always happy to share her knowledge and her hostas. She did fine needlework and was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed playing bridge and word games. It is possible that she never lost a game of Scrabble. She enjoyed music, especially performances put on by the F.H.S. Music and Theater Departments. Jean was an avid golfer, and a longtime member of the Tuesday Morning Ladies League at Park Hills. She enjoyed participating in the Annual City Golf Tournament. Jean became a tenacious genealogist, and leaves her grateful family with a complete history of their roots. She volunteered at the Freeport Public Library and assisted many other families in search of their own histories. Inspired by Jean's family connection to Abraham Lincoln, Jean and Merrill spent their retirement years collecting Lincoln books and memorabilia. This pursuit provided them with many satisfying opportunities for travel, as well as rich and rewarding relationships within the Lincoln community. Anyone who spent time with Jean during her last years undoubtedly heard her say, "I have had a good life." The family is especially grateful to Christie (Rich) Baker, who assisted Jean in her home for many years, and to the members of Lunch Bunch, whose lifelong friendships were gifts to Jean. Visitation will be held beginning at noon on Saturday, April 12, at Embury Church, 515 S. Galena, followed by funeral services at the church at 1:30 p.m. Memorials in Jean's name may be made to Embury Church, the Freeport Public School Fund, or the Freeport Public Library. Please view the family guestbook and sign the condolence page at www.walkermortuary.com.
Published in The Journal-Standard from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2014
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