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Jeanette D. Pinkelman

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WYNOT - Jeanette D. Pinkelman, 87, Wynot, died Jan. 16, 2021, at Park View Haven Nursing Home, Coleridge.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be Jan. 20, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Family (Sacred Heart) Catholic Church, Wynot, with Rev. Jim Keiter officiating.

Burial will be at Sts. Philip and James Cemetery, St. James.

A public viewing was Tuesday, at church, from 5-7 p.m., with a Vigil service at 6 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday, at church, one hour prior to services. Face masks and social distancing are required for the visitation and funeral.

Services will also be live streamed at

Pallbearers will be her sons, Cyril, Mark, Norbert, Alan, Roger, Marlen and Dale Pinkelman.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.

Jeanette Dorothy Jansen was born at home in Menominee, Jan. 11, 1934, to Henry and Anna (Klug) Jansen. She often said “I didn’t know how to be a mom” because her mother passed away of Scarlet Fever shortly after Jeanette was born. She spent the first years of her life being raised by the Steve Klug family before returning to the family home. Jeanette attended school at District 82 and one year at St. Boniface Parochial School. She married Edward Pinkelman in Menominee Nov. 27, 1957. Their entire married life was spent in Brooky Bottom, bringing up their family and running a sustainable farming operation. They took pride in the fact they raised what they fed and fed what they raised.

Jeanette was a very patient, energetic and caring wife and mother. Together, she and Edward raised 15 children, making faith and Catholic education a priority. Jeanette was active in the Sts. Phillip and James Church and diocese including roles on the Parish Council, Ladies Aid, choir, Council of Catholic Women (CCW) officer, Diocesan Pastoral Council member, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC) Executive member and received the Mullen Award from the Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. Her faith was of the utmost importance to her and sustained her throughout her life.

She and Edward enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing. Her talents included sewing clothes for herself and her children, crafts of all kinds, drawing, quilting, cake/cookie decorating and was very well known for her delicious breads, rolls, and pies. Jeanette was also a founding and extremely active member of the St. James Market Place.

Jeanette is survived by her husband of 63 years, Edward F. Pinkelman; children, Cyril (Paula), Madison; Mark, Wynot; Sharon (Pete) Van Driel, Irene, S.D.; Elaine (Duane) Guenther, Crofton; Norbert, Wynot; Betty (Larry) Leise, Pierce; Leann (Tom) Rockne, Yankton, S.D.; Alan, Bellevue; Nancy, Omaha; Arlene (Todd) Anderson, Bondurant, Iowa; Roger (Angela), Omaha; Jolene (Glenn) Brezack, Omaha; Marlen (Emilie), St. George, Utah; Dale (Mindy), Lincoln; Renee (Kory) Kettner, New Ulm, Minn.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brother, Paul (Barb) Jansen, Omaha, and sister-in-law, Margaret (Joe) Jansen, Overland Park, Kan.

She was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Anna Jansen; and siblings, Delores, Bernadette, Julianne, Hildegard, Ervin, Richard, Roman and Joe.