Jean F. Hufnagel

  • Born: October 27, 1918
  • Died: January 31, 2018
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa

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1491 Main Street
(563) 582-3297
Dubuque, IA 52001
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Jean F. Hufnagel, age 99, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 11:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at her daughter, Margie and Ron's home, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Jean's life, funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Duane J. Thoman and Rev. Paul Ouderkirk officiating. To celebrate Jean's life, family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Monday, February 5, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum.

Jean was born on October 27, 1918, in St. Catherine, Iowa, daughter of Henry and Margaret (Pillard) Hilkin.

Jean was born and raised in St. Catherine and was very proud to have lived her entire life in the Dubuque area. She would meet, and eventually marry the love of her life, Ervin Hufnagel, on October 21, 1941, in Sherrill. The couple was truly blessed with 50 wonderful years together, and 3 loving daughters, before he was sadly called home ahead of her on July 21, 1992. Jean fully embraced her role as wife, mother and meticulous homemaker, and was also able to generously share her talents in the laundry department at Bethany Home for 15 years. Jean's faith was very important to her and she was an active and long-time member of Holy Trinity Church, and their Rosary Society. When she was fortunate enough to find some free time in her days, Jean was quite content to quietly sit down and work on her latest embroidery or crochet project, gather around the card table for some competitive and festive fellowship, or even venture out to the bowling alley to practice knocking down some pins. Above all though, Jean's family was the most important aspect of her life and she absolutely cherished every moment she was able to spend with Ervin, the girls, the grandchildren, and her siblings. We surely feel deeply blessed to have been given the gift of having Jean with us for 99 years here on this earth, and we also discover true comfort in the knowledge that she has now been lovingly reunited with her beloved husband, Ervin, along with all of her other family members who've been called home ahead of her. Thank you very much Jean for all of the love, lessons and memories you leave behind and know we will faithfully carry your wonderful legacy forward until we meet again.

Those left to cherish Jean's memory include

her 3 children,
Lillian (Jerry) Stumpf, Dubuque, IA,
Joyce (Tony) Hemmer, Dubuque, IA
and Margie (Ron) White, Dubuque, IA;

her 7 grandchildren,
Laurie (Dan) Krebiehl, Jill Barden, Angie (Kevin) Anglin, Eric (Beth) Hemmer, Aaron (Liz Caldwell) Hemmer, Kristy (Nick) Duran and Dan (Andrea) White;

her 9 great-grandchildren,
Kiah and Domi Hall, William, Benjamin and Nicholas Barden, Michael Anglin, Andrew and Sam Hemmer and Isabel Duran;

and her brother,
Kenneth (Mary) Hinkel, Dubuque, IA.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ervin Hufnagel; her 2 sisters, Delores (Lloyd) Ouderkirk and Helen (Frank) Hinkel; and her brother, Earl (Ruth) Hilkin.

A Jean F. Hufnagel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among her favorite charities.

Jean's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their kind, compassionate and professional care of Jean, and her entire family.


Condolence & Memory Journal

With condolences, prayers for Jean and family in her honor.
Fr. Paul Otting
Alverno Apts. Mass Priest

Posted by Fr. Paul Otting - Dubuque, IA - Acquaintance   February 04, 2018

Remembering jean as a kind, sincere lady who was always pleasant to be around with a smile on her face.

Posted by Ken and Patty Schmitt - dubuque   February 02, 2018

Mrs. Hufnagel (that's how I was taught to address the parents of my friends) was always welcoming whenever I would bring Margie home from college. She would invite me in and make sure that I had something to eat or drink before I continued my journey home. I knew that if I was ever stranded in Dubuque, I had a place to stay and I'm sure she would have cared for me as she cared for her own family. She had a great smile and sense of humor and you could see how proud she was of Margie. She loved having her family come home and the joy was evident in her eyes whenever we walked through the door. She taught her children well, as I couldn't have asked for a more caring and sweet and happy roommate. We are sorry this day has come, and pray that the many memories you have will help to ease your heavy hearts. Kathy and Tim Post

Posted by Kathy Post - Independence, IA - Family Friend   February 01, 2018

So sad to hear of Jeans passing. A great lady in our eyes.

Posted by Richard Schmitt - Dubuque, IA   February 01, 2018