Jean Marie Wallman, 75, passed into the arms of God on Saturday, February 10, 2018, after a valiant fight against cancer. A memorial service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Aspen Mortuary in Lakewood, CO. A reception followed at the Foreign Legion in Lakewood. Aspen Mortuary in Lakewood oversaw arrangements in Colorado. (www.aspenmortuaries.com)
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at St. Mary’s Chapel in Zell, SD. Reverend Tom Anderson will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Zell. Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield, SD has been entrusted with arrangements in South Dakota. (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
Jean Marie Wallman was born on May 30, 1942, in Aberdeen, SD, the fifth child of Jerome and Carolyn Gruenwald, of rural Redfield, SD. Along with many of her brothers and sisters, Jean attended grade school at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, convent and boarding school in Zell, SD; a rural parish community her family helped found and build. Jean attended high school at Mount Marty Catholic College, in Yankton, SD, graduating in 1960.
On June 22, 1961, Jean married Gerald Douglas Wallman at St. Mary’s in Zell. The newlywed couple made their home in San Diego, CA, where their three children were born.
In 1969, Jean and Jerry moved their family to Arvada, CO. In 1970, they bought their family home, where Jean lived until the last week of her life.
Jean’s life revolved around her home, where she loved spending time with her friends and family; she adored her grandchildren. The family home was a popular gathering place where all were welcomed with much love, and an abundance of excellent food and drink, served with a cheerful spirit. Jean loved to cook and entertain, a desire that stayed with her until her final days, as witnessed by those who visited her in hospice, where despite her weakened state, Jean wanted to sit up, smile at and converse with her visitors.
Jean loved gardening, and her backyard flowers and vegetable garden were a source of great pride and joy. Jean enjoyed monthly craft nights and playing Bunco with her daughter Michelle and friends. Jean was a fun and wonderful mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Her infectious smiles and laughter will be long remembered. In quieter moments, Jean loved to test her wits against crossword puzzles.
Jean was impatiently awaiting the birth of her first great-grandchild at the time of her death. Jean passed at 12:05 a.m., and exactly two hours later, at 2:05 a.m., her great-grandson, Ryker Jean, was born.
Jean worked for Coors Brewing Co. for 20 years, mostly in the Coors Porcelain Division, and another 20 years for King Soopers. She was retired at the time of her death.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Michael J. Gruenwald, who was killed in Viet Nam; her former spouse, Jerry Wallman; brothers-in-law Richard (Dick) Rice and Jon Owen, and sisters Margaret Owen and Irene Amundson.
She is survived by her siblings, Norita Rice, Frankfort, SD; Wilfred (Patty) Gruenwald, Clark, SD; brother-in-law Roald Amundson, Redfield, SD; Karen (Dennis) Lau, Weston, MO; Francis (Janet) Gruenwald, Redfield; Janice (Bill) Winegar, Rapid City, SD; Joseph Gruenwald, Warner, SD; Betty Moore, Redfield; Mary (Pete) Wurtz, Jacksonville, FL; Richard (Bette) Gruenwald, Redfield; Jerry (Jacquie) Gruenwald, Redfield; Douglas Gruenwald, Wright, WY. Jean is also survived by her children, Patrick, Thornton, CO; Michelle (Michael) Sands, Arvada, CO and Bret (Tammy), San Angelo, TX; grandchildren Amanda (Todd) McMillian, Jordan, Christopher, Chelsea, Brandon, Dalton, Zachary, and Jeremiah, and newborn great-grandson Ryker Jean McMillian. She is also survived by her companion Brandt Roberts, and numerous nieces and nephews.
At Jean’s request, memorial contributions may be directed to Mount Marty College, 1105 W. 8th St., Yankton, SD 57078, or call 605-668-1542; www.mtmc.edu
Mount Marty College
1105 West 8th Street, Yankton SD 57078
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