GRACE JEAN KETTLE HAIDSIAK
Grace Jean Kettle Haidsiak was born to Henry and Myrtle (Bean) Kettle on December 22, 1920 in Lena, Illinois. As a small child, she moved with her parents to Blockton, Iowa. Jean helped on the farm as a child. She rode her horse ‘Dandy’ to and from school. ‘Dandy’ lived a long life of 40 years and many grandkids also rode on ‘Dandy.’ Jean graduated from Blockton high school in 1938. After graduation she taught school at a country school.
Jean met Wayne Haidsiak and after dating several years, they were married in Maryville, Missouri on December 30, 1942. Three children made the family complete, Marilyn Kay, Carolyn May and George Alan.
Jean helped on the family farm while planting a large garden, cooking many meals, canning and cleaning house. She could really cook and no one ever left hungry. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Clearfield; U.M.W.; former member of the Eastern Star, and a member of Friendly Neighborhood Club. Jean enjoyed playing cards and was an avid bingo player.
Jean passed away in her sleep on the morning of April 30, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Myrtle Kettle; husband, Wayne, on February 26, 2005; brothers, Byron and Dale Kettle; sisters, Marjorie Wilhite, Mildred Fuller and Mable Smith.
Surviving are her children, Kay and Jerry Miles of Bennington, Nebraska, Carolyn and Gary Williams of Pomona, Kansas and George and Sherry Haidsiak of Clearfield, Iowa; five grandchildren, Terri Stevens, Mike Martin, Jim Williams, Mark Williams and Jamie Hommer; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Vera Carson, Annabel Walkup and Lois Haidsiak, and other relatives and friends.
A memorial fund has been established for the Clearfield Fire Department. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Clearfield was in charge of the arrangements.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Clearfield on Friday, May 3, 2013, with Rev. Shurmaine McAlpine officiating. Musicians were Patty Parrish and Kathy Leonard.
Casket bearers included Randall Nickle, Jack Wackernagle, Richard Weehler, Bob Bailey, Jerry Brown and Mike Warin.
Honorary pallbearers were Terri Stevens, Mike Martin, Jim Williams, Mark Williams and Jamie Hommer.
Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton.