She was born in Fremont on June 30, 1931. She married Myrle George Boelter on December 3, 1948 in Waupaca. He preceded her in death on May 20, 1991. Jean and Myrle belonged to a CB Club for many years. Throughout the years, Jean and Myrle took many people into their homes that were in need. Jean continued to do so after Myrle passed away. Jean enjoyed being a nanny for quite a few years in her life. Jean collected Autumn Leaf china made by Hall China Company, earned as a premium and sold by the Jewel Tea Company. She collected Jewel Tea products as well, and was a long member of the National Autumn Leaf Collectors Club. She belonged to the Fremont Area Historical Society. She was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church where she belonged to the Ladies Guild, and she and her family helped clean the church. Jean enjoyed going on road trips searching for her genealogy, and loved to travel spending time with her extended family. Jean loved the outdoors, gardening, nature, and was an avid birdwatcher. She also liked thrift shopping, going to rummage sales, and antique shopping. She liked items that had pansies or violets on them. She looked forward to her hugs from Dr. Partain. Her favorite colors were purple and lime green. Jean appreciated when her children and grandchildren would phone or visit her, and ask if there was anything they could do for her. Jean was a gracious person, never wanting to burden anyone. She was very intelligent, gave good advice, and had much dignity. She was well respected by most people in her life.
Jean is survived by her children: Carol Hartjes of Kaukauna, Ken (Julann) of Menasha, Duane (Kathy) of Menasha, Al (friend Kris) of New London, and Shelley (Matt) Stanley of Kaukauna; son-in-law, Richard Weber of Glidden; sisters, Sally Zastrow of Prescott and Nancy Wegren of Carrollton, Texas; sister-in-law, Ruth Boelter of Neenah; grandchildren: Paula (Tom) Froehlich of Madison, South Dakota; Michael (friend Robin) Weber of Woodbury, Minnesota; Michele (Brian) Stiegel of Appleton, Angela (friend Dexter) Sanderfoot of Kaukauna, Bryan (Jess) Hartjes of Combined Locks, Andrea (Kyle) Klitzke of Appleton, Ashley Boelter of Neenah, Terri Boelter of Kimberly, Jeremy (Mindy) Boelter of Appleton, Chris (friend Val) of Oshkosh, Danielle (Richard) Storm of Washington State, Kyle Fink of Menasha, Jennifer Burton of Illinois, Wesley Boelter of Menasha, Terry (Maggie) Berthold of Yonkers, New York; Ellie (Jamie) Shephard of Suring, Hannah Boelter of New London; and 22 great-grand children. Jean was a valued grandparent to many foster children who called her “Queen Jean“ for fun. Special friends were: “Aunt” Joyce Lindenbeck of Green Bay, Gregory Hartjes of Long Lake, and Austin Smith of Kaukauna. Jean was preceded in death by her husband Myrle; mother, Bernice “Elaine” Brewster; daughter, Myrla Weber; brother, Howard Belt; sisters-in-law, Carol Belt and Lee Perkins, and brothers-in-law, Bill Boelter, Kenny Boelter, and Raymond Perkins.
In accordance with Jean’s wishes, she will be cremated and there will be no funeral service. There will be a prayer and remembrance at Bethany Lutheran Church on April 30, 2016 at the 10:00 service. Jean will be buried at Union Cemetery in Kaukauna. Anyone is welcomed to visit her there. To sign the guest book, please visit oconnellfh.com.
Jean’s family would like to thank Heartland Hospice, Appleton Medical Center, Dr. Wilson, Dr. Swanson, and Dr. Danz. Jean was very thankful for your services as well.