Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 10, 2013
OBITUARY ~ JEAN (KEENAN) WURSTER
October 24, 1925 ~ December 17, 2012
Jean KEENAN WURSTER was born October 24, 1925 to Gladys and Rue KEENAN at the family home near Maloy, Iowa. She
had 5 siblings; Lee, Dorothy, Virginia, Robert, and Karl. Jean graduated from Maloy High School in 1942. She
worked in the grocery store in Blockton, Iowa saving her wages so she could attend college in Maryville,
Jean earned her teaching certificate and began teaching in Lenox, Iowa. There she met her life's companion,
Karl WURSTER. Jean and Karl were married on December 20, 1947 at the Methodist Church in Creston, Iowa. Jean
and Karl lived in many communities throughout Iowa and later retired in Mountain Home, Arkansas in 1987. Each
new place they lived, they made life-long friends.
Jean taught school for 37 years. She earned her Master of
Science in Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri College and was nominated for the Iowa Teacher of the
Jean and Karl loved to travel. They had many happy times visiting relatives and friends all across the United
States. They often invited members of their family to go along with them.
She loved having her nieces and nephews come and stay for a summer visit. Each one left feeling like they were
someone very special.
Reading was Jean's passion. She taught hundreds of children to learn to read during her teaching career. She
also helped instill the love of reading in three generations of nieces and nephews by always giving wonderful
picture books for Christmas presents and their birthdays.
Preceding Jean in death was her father, Rue KEENAN, her mother, Gladys ELLIOTT KEENAN, her brothers Lee and
Bob, her sister, Dorothy HALL, brothers-in-law Glen HENDERSON and Beryl HALL, and sister-in-law Betty KEENAN.
Left to cherish memories of Jean are her husband Karl WURSTER of Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr; her sister Virginia
SIVERLY and husband Fred of Clearfield, IA; her brother Karl KEENAN and wife Donna of Boliver, MO; and her
sisters-in-law Maxine HENDERSON of Lenox, IA and Sheryl KEENAN of Waukee, IA. Jean will be missed greatly by
her many nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial fund has been established for the Clearfield Public Library.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:00 p. m. at the Clearfield United Methodist Church,
with Rev. Shurmaine McALPINE officiating. Musicans included Lynn BAKER and Samantha HOMBACK.
Casket bearers included Ken SIVERLY, Ron BROWN, Lewis LARSON, Will LARSON, Greg MOBLEY and Brian MOBLEY.
Burial was in the West Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa.
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