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Joseph Jenn

Celebration of Life Maas:  Wed. Nov. 2   10:00

St. Mary's Catholic Church, Riverside, IA

Visitation: Tuesday, Nov. 1  3-8 at St. Mary's Hall, Riverside

Family present from 3-5 and 6-8 Prayer Vigil  8:00 PM

Interment: St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Hills

Memorials: Atrium Village, Hills !st Responders or Iowa City Hospice

Joe Jenn was born Oct. 29, 1919 near Riverside, IA, the son of August and Ella Fitzpatrick Jenn.

Joe attended St. Joseph's School in Hills. He served in the U S Army during WWII European campaign. Joe and Rita Ruth were married August 11, 1948 at St. Mary's Church in Riverside.  They lived in the community during their married life.  Joe was a farmer and masonry attendant working for Vigo Jensen and Knutson Construction. He had been member of Labor's International Union of North America, #309.  Joe was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Hills, Hills Community Club and the Friends Club.

Joe was a sports fan who also participated in playing softball and other sports for many years.  He was a very avid supporter of all Iowa Hawkeye teams. He enjoyed playing cards and bingo. He assisted with bingo at the Hills Community Center He served as a volunteer at Atrium Village.

Joe is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rita of Hills, nine children, nine children and spouses, Joanne Murdock (John Greenwood) of Riverside, Eileen Allen of Iowa City, Anita Norman (Ben) Ft. Collins, Co. Joyce Roper (Ralph) Bald Knob, Ark, Donna Arthur (Randy) Ainsworth, Linda Beeler (Allen) Iowa City, Tom Jenn (Diane Cerven) Iowa City, Steve Jenn (Chris) Hills, Mary Kay Hora (Tom) Riverside, two sons-in-law, Bill Fortune of Denver, Co. and Jerry Murphy of Washington and a sister-in-law, Veva Jenn, Riverside.  Also surviving are his grandchildren; Missy Thomas, Sarah and Evan Greenwood, Shannon and Scott Arendsen, Molly and Casey Fortune, Joe Allen, Tina Riggan, Andrea and Curt Allen, B. J. and Blake Norman, Heath. Jared and Angela Roper, Dee and Jammie Arthur, Nathan Knappen, Amber Walters, Cassie and Ryan Jenn, Tyler Jenn, Justin, Matt, Kristen Hora, Jessie and Michelle Murphy, and 20 great grandchildren.

Preceding Joe in death were his parents, two daughters, Kathy Fortune and Beth Murphy and a grandson, Jeremy Jenn.  Joe was the last of his siblings; Leo and Henry Jenn, Mary Mellecker, Leona Rottenberger, Florence Droll.

Joe's family appreciates all the many acts of kindness and support given them during this time of their loss and during Joe's illness.  Your kindness will always be remembered.

Please join the family for a time of fellowship at the Hills Community Center following the committal service.

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Joe will be missed by all those he touched during his life. He will be missed but not forgotten. Thoughts and prayers to the Jenn family.

Wayne & Amy Marek Nov 1 2011 12:00 AM

To the Jenn Family,My sympathy, thoughts and prayers are sent to you at this sad time of loss. I have many happy memories spent at the Jenn home as a teenager. Joes was always ornery, teasing us girls. Joe will be greatly missed by his family and his community. May the many memories turn your tears to a smile. Rayna (Kron) Danielson

Rayna Danielson Nov 1 2011 12:00 AM

So many memories of "rubber arm" Joe and all the fun at the old softball games. It was a real happening on Sunday when the local teams got together for a tournament. You had to get there early to get a good seat and watch one of the best pitchers who never wore a glove. Always a true gentleman in sports and in life. Truly one of the good human beings has left us for a better place. Our prayers are with the family.

Terry Havel Nov 1 2011 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Uncle Joe will be missed. Always looked forward to his comments on Iowa sports. Not sure what reporter I can follow now. Joe will be missed. I am sure he will still be checking up on the family and watching over the Hawks.Eddie

Ed Ruth Nov 1 2011 12:00 AM

To All the Jenn family and your families, you have our deepest sympathy and we are truly sorry for your loss. Mike and Julie Struzynski and family.

Julie Struzynski Nov 1 2011 12:00 AM

Joe was a fun fellow and will undoubtedly be missed by so many. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time and in the days to come. Take care.

Lou Eichler Nov 1 2011 12:00 AM

Rita & Family,We are so sorry for your loss of such a great husband & father. Joe had such a wonderful sense of humorhe made you laugh every time you talked with him! Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

Neil/Doreen Strabala Nov 1 2011 12:00 AM