Jean M. Oberfoell, 83, of Epworth, passed away peacefully on Monday, Oct. 19, at Hawkeye Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation for Jean was held from 3-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, where a wake service was held at 2:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian burial for Jean was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Epworth, with Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Lectors were Scott Sellner and Vicki Blake. Placing of the pall was done by Martin Oberfoell, Michael Oberfoell, Dennis Oberfoell and Nichole Sellner. Burial will be held in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Epworth.

Casket bearers for Jean were Martin Oberfoell, Michael Oberfoell, Dennis Oberfoell and Nichole Sellner.

Jean was born March 3, 1937, in Placid, daughter of Emil and Mary (Bergfeld) Koopmann. She received her education and graduated from the former Epworth High School. On Nov. 25, 1971, she was united in marriage to Francis “Ducky” Oberfoell at St. John’s Catholic Church in Placid. She started working at Silker’s in Epworth, until she became a stay-at-home mother and later worked as a cook at Divine Word Seminary in Epworth. Francis preceded her in death Dec. 2, 2014.

She was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Patrick’s Parish.

Jean was a compassionate, caring, loving and fun-filled mother and grandmother. She truly loved and was known for being a really good cook. She also enjoyed gardening vegetables and flowers.

She is survived by four children: Martin (Brenda) Oberfoell, of Epworth, Michael Oberfoell (Vicki Blake), of Key West, Dennis (Abby) Oberfoell, of Epworth and Nichole (Scott) Sellner, of Lisbon; six grandchildren: Miranda, Alaina, Aubrey and Lydia Sellner, Brynn and Nora Oberfoell; Vicki’s children, Michael, Jessica and Johnny Blake; one sister, Grace Droeszler of Bernard; three sisters-in-law: Ileen (William) Domas, of Montclair, Cal., Helen McDermott and Verna (Dorrance) McDermott, both of Epworth; two brothers-in-law, Leo “Mike” Oberfoell, of Liberty, Mo. and Jim Brady, of DeWitt.

She is also preceded in death by her parents; her husband, three sisters: Inez (Ronald) Silker, Melita (Roy) Ross and Berniece (Bernard) Kramer; three brothers: Donald (Margaret) Koopmann, John (Rosie) Koopmann and Elmer Koopmann; three sisters-in-law: Ione (Chuck) Engler, Patty Brady, Phyliss Oberfoell; and three brothers-in-law: Milton Oberfoell, Donald Droeszler and Patrick McDermott.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Janet Betts and the Making a Difference Staff for all the wonderful care and support they gave to Jean.

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