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Recitation of the Rosary

St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sunday December 16th, 2018

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St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sunday December 16th, 2018
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Interment following funeral service

St. Stanislaus Cemetery
Monday December 17th, 2018

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Funeral Mass

St. Mary's Catholic Church
Monday December 17th, 2018

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Rita Jenn

A Mass of Christian Burial for Rita M. Jenn, 92, of Hills will be held Monday, December 17, 2018, at 10:30 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Riverside with Father Michael Spiekermeier and Father Bill Roush officiating. Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in rural Hills. Visitation will be held Sunday, December 16, 2018, from 4 – 8 PM at St. Mary's Church in Riverside, where a Rosary will be recited at 4 PM. A memorial fund has been established for Atrium Village and Iowa City Hospice. Rita Jenn died Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Atrium Village in Hills.

Rita Mary (Ruth) Jenn was born January 26, 1926, in Riverside, Iowa, the daughter of Herman and Bertha (Bulger) Ruth. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1944 and attended St. Clare College in Clinton. Rita taught in rural schools in Johnson County for five years. On August 11, 1948, she was united in marriage to Joe Jenn at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Riverside. Rita was a homemaker and a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church in Hills where she served as a lector, Eucharistic minister, member of the church council and was the religious education coordinator for 20 years. She also served on the Davenport Diocese council and was a member of the Catholic Daughters and DCCW and served on the Atrium Village care review board. She belonged to the KUB Club, the Rural Johnson County Women's Club, and the Pinochle group.

Survivors include nine children and spouses, Joanne Murdock (John Greenwood) of Riverside, Eileen Falls of Hills, Anita Norman (Ben) of Ft. Collins, CO, Joyce Roper (Ralph) of Bald Knob, AR, Donna Arthur (Randy) of Ainsworth, Linda Beeler (Allen) of Iowa City, Tom Jenn (Diane Cerven-Jenn) of Iowa City, Steve Jenn (Chris) of Hills, Mary Kay Hora (Tom) of Riverside, two sons-in-law, Bill Fortune of Denver, CO, and Jerry Murphy of Washington.  Also surviving are 32 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren, and five siblings: Janelle Marek of Kalona, Mary Marek of Hills, Leo (Shirley) Ruth of Solon, Gene (Doris) Ruth of Riverside and sister-in-law Dorris Ruth of Burlington.

Preceding Rita in death were her parents, her husband Joe, two daughters, Kathy Fortune and Beth Murphy, a grandson, Jeremy Jenn, son-in-law Bob Falls, four brothers: Paul, Don, Richard and Robert Ruth and two sisters, Catherine Ruth and Eleanor Droll.

The family would like to thank the staff at Atrium Village and Angie Valencia and Dee Bickford of Iowa City Hospice for their loving care of Rita.

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Sending hugs to Joyce and Donna. Peace be with all of you! Chris Sieren

Chris Sieren Dec 15 2018 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rick and Kelly Falls

Dec 15 2018 12:00 AM

Rita Jenn Family, you have our deepest condolences. Your Mother was a wonderful person. I remember years ago on occasion Dede and I would run into Rita and Joe (after Sunday mass) at hy-vee for breakfast. Rita would always invite us to sit with them. I remember the conversations to be very inspiring. She was a very caring person. Our two kids received the cherished baby quilts that Rita was so famous for. What good memories. Know that Rita and you her familyare in our prayers. God Bless Her!

Dave and Dede Ollendick Dec 14 2018 12:00 AM

Deepest Sympathy from your friends at Atrium Village

Dec 14 2018 12:00 AM

To the family of Rita JennThere is a special place in all of our hearts for our mothers. You must continue to carry her memory in that special place in your heart. We are sincerely sorry for the loss of your mother. She has left her family on earth to be with her family in heaven. She and your father lived life to the fullest.

Joe and Mary Frantz Dec 13 2018 12:00 AM

Matt Hora & Family, May loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. From your friends at C.H. Robinson

Dec 13 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Many good memories of the Jenn family. Live and prayersSusie (Seemuth) Miller

Sue Miller Dec 13 2018 12:00 AM

Donna, Randy and all of your families:We offer our sentiments on behalf of the Jenkins family and Tobin family.As we have understood recently, you will find comfort of friends, and you will relish your memories throughout her great and giving life. Our families send our heartfelt wishes to you,Respectfully, Nancy and Rick.

Nancy and Rick Jenkins Dec 12 2018 12:00 AM

Our thoughts & prayers go out to the entire Jenn family. You were all very blessed to had such amazing mother. She will be dearly missed. Gary & Paula Piper

Gary & Paula Neuzil Piper Dec 12 2018 12:00 AM

Jenn Family sorry for your loss! Rita was a very good euchre player enjoyed playing against her! You are all in my prayers! Keep all the good memories in your hearts forever! God Bless

Daniel Hayslett Dec 12 2018 12:00 AM

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