Ames - Jean (McCaull) Hassebrock, 88 of Ames, passed away Monday, June 7th 2021 at Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames, with her family by her side. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames on Sunday, June 13th from 2-4 pm and a Celebration of Life service will be held at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, 159 Sheldon Ave. in Ames at 10:30 am on Monday, June 14th, where Jean was a member for 69 years. The church is requiring masks for this service. A private family burial will be held at Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Born Mary Jean on October 2, 1932 in Osceola, Iowa to William S and Roma F (Weaver) McCaull. Jean's younger years were spent on the family farm in Garden Grove, Iowa where she was active in sports, music, drama, church and 4-H, (competing and showing at the Iowa State Fair). Jean was a graduate of Garden Grove High School and was the Valedictorian of her class. Jean worked as an accountant assistant at the Iowa State College Press while earning her undergraduate degree. While at Iowa State, Jean was a member of the Cyclone Rollers, a roller-skating performance team. She received her B.S. degree from Iowa State College in 1955 in Textiles and Clothing. She received her Master's degree from Iowa State University in 1970 in Home Economics Education. Jean taught Home Economics in the Ames School system for 22 years at Ames High School, then Central and Welch Jr. High Schools. Jean taught Textiles and Clothing in the College of Family & Consumer Sciences at Iowa State University for 7 years.
Jean met her husband Vincent in 1952 at Iowa State when their church pastor introduced them in a new member class. They were married on May 21, 1955 at Collegiate Presbyterian Church, where they have been members for 69 years. Jean and Vince were blessed with three children, David, Mary, and James.
As newlyweds, Jean and Vince lived in Ottumwa, then moved to the farm north of Ames where they lived until moving to their Green Hills townhome in 2014.
Jean was very involved in the community and organizations. She was a member of Collegiate Presbyterian Church, having served on the Board of Deacons, Trustees, and Elders, and as church Treasurer, the chair of the rummage committee, as well as various committees. Jean taught Sunday school and Bible School. She was a member and past president of Altrusa International of Ames, Chair of their Holiday Home Tour, President of P.E.O, chapter HN of Ames, P.E.O, Reciprocity, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Cross Trailers Square Dance Club, ISU Cyclone Club and Life Member of the ISU Alumni Association, a 4-H leader, and a 4-H achievement show and Iowa State Fair judge, Jean was a past docent and member of the Ames Historical Society, and had been president of the Story County Porkettes. Jean served on several advisory boards .Jean was a Life Member of the National Education Association, American Home Economics Association and the Iowa Home Economics Association. When Jean and Vince moved to Green Hills, Jean wasted no time getting involved and serving on the Friendship Committee, greeting new residents.
Jean loved to travel and enjoyed their trips to South America, Scotland, England, Wales, Alaska, several cruises, and taking the entire family to Hawaii in 2008. She also enjoyed flowers and loved for her home to be filled with floral arrangements. While living on the farm, she cared for large flower gardens.
Jean is survived by her loving husband, Vince; daughter, Mary (Al) Warren of Ames; sons, David (Debra) Hassebrock of Ames and James (Michelle) Hassebrock of Roland; 5 grandchildren, Joan (Russell) Sherwood of Ames, Douglas Warren (Tyler Johnson) of Ames, Joel (Meagan) Hassebrock of Papillion, NE, Brent (Laura) Hassebrock of Clive and Natalie (Torran) Rasmussen of Jewell; 4 great grandchildren and was joyfully awaiting the birth of two more great grandchildren in 2021. Jean is also survived by her sister-in-law, Sharon McCaull of Ankeny, several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Margaret Louise; brothers, William McCaull III and John R. McCaull; and her niece, Sherry Decker.
Memorials may be directed to the Bliss Cancer Center 1111 Duff Ames IA 50010, or Collegiate Presbyterian Church, 159 Sheldon Ave, Ames IA 50014.
Online condolences may be directed to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
Published by Ames Tribune from Jun. 10 to Jun. 11, 2021.