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Jean Bernice Jaynes Wilslef
March 1, 1921–May 20, 2010
Jean B. Wilslef, 89, of Wyoming, Iowa, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Anamosa Care Center in Anamosa, Iowa.
A celebration of her life was held on Monday, May 24, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, with the Rev. Bob Wessels officiating. Family and friends called on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming. Burial was in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa.
Jean Bernice Jaynes was born March 1, 1921 in Preston, Iowa, to Bernard and Amanda (Westphal) Jaynes. She attended rural Jackson County schools and Preston High School. On August 10, 1939, she and Melvin P. Wilslef were married in Maquoketa, Iowa. They lived in the Preston and Clinton area until March of 1945 when the couple moved to Wyoming, opened a blacksmith business and raised their family. Melvin passed away February 3, 1985.
Jean was a member of Zion American Lutheran Church and the Sarah Circle. For thirteen years she was employed as a cook at the Little Bear Country Club. Jean was a most devoted Mother and Grandmother. She was rewarded by steadfast devotion from her family. Hers truly was a life well-lived and she leaves her family with many loving memories. Her children could not have been blessed with a more selfless mother and friend.
Survivors are three daughters, Helma (Rowan) Schultz of Eagle Grove, Iowa, Ruthe (Ed) Hoover of Shelby, Michigan and Rhonda (Ken) Walters of Wyoming; a son, Norman "Buster" (Donna) Wilslef of Wyoming; a step-son, Marvin Wilslef of Oxford Junction; a son-in-law, John Broderson of Solon; fourteen grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, eight step-great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a daughter, Connie Broderson, a step-son, Glen Wilslef, three brothers and two sisters.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 28 May 2010

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