Jean D. Ruegnitz

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Jean Dorene Ruegnitz, 89, of Garber, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at UnityPoint Finley Hospital in Dubuque. 

Private family graveside services will be held at a later date at Mt. Harmony Cemetery, Garber.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg.

Jean was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Greeley, the daughter of Joseph and Ruth (Lillibridge) Tinkey. 

Jean was raised and educated in the area graduating from the Edgewood High School in 1950. On Nov. 26, 1954, Jean was united in marriage with Gene Ruegnitz at Trinity Methodist Church in Edgewood and two children were born to this union.

Jean was a homemaker but made quilts for church missions and volunteered for many other jobs for the community. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Guttenberg. 

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Gene Ruegnitz; daughter, Diane (David) Domeyer of Colesburg, daughter-in-law, Carla Ruegnitz of Guttenberg; four grandchildren, Chad (Kelly) Ruegnitz, Christa (Ryan) Mohr, Kari (Curt) Tessum, Kyle (Holly) Domeyer; seven great-grandchildren, Ashton Fangman, Carson Ruegnitz, Maliyah and Jameson Mohr, Elliot and Quinn Tessum, Blaire Domeyer and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; son, Craig Ruegnitz; sister and brother-in-law, Esther (Carl) Burbridge; brother and sister-in-law Newell (Ramona) Tinkey.

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