Obit: Morgan, Jeanette M. (1921 - 2009)

Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Morgan, Bethke, Zank, Eloranta, MacLean, Culberson, Rosen, Crandall 

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) December 30, 2009  

Morgan, Jeanette M. (17 August 1921 - 26 December 2009)  

Jeanette M. Morgan, age 88, of Thorp, died of natural causes on Saturday, December 26, 2009 at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, in Stanley, WI.  She was born on August 17, 1921 in Augusta, WI, the daughter of Julius and Amanda (Bethke) Zank. She grew up in the area and graduated from Augusta High School in 1939.  Jeanette married Julius Morgan on November 23, 1949 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Augusta. 

She was a highly respected high school educator at several local high schools including: Ladysmith, Gilman, Stanley and Thorp.  She retired in 1983 after 33 years of teaching.  In addition, as a result of a family tragedy in December of 1968, she raised 10 children on her own. 

Jeanette enjoyed raising her children, playing bridge, completing crossword puzzles and walking. She was an active member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig’s parish, the Wisconsin Education Association, the Thorp American Legion Auxiliary,  was a charter member of the Thorp Lioness Club, and served on the Morgan Plaza Board. 

She is survived by her children: Ken (Judi) Morgan of Spokane, WA; Dave (Sue) Morgan of West Bend, WI; Richard Morgan of Nekoosa, WI; Joan (Wayne) Eloranta of Owen, WI; Mark (Hong) Morgan of Portage, WI; Thomas Morgan of Thorp, WI; Carol (Scott) MacLean of Asheville, NC; Jean Culberson of Mount Horeb, WI; Janet (Eric) Morgan-Rosen of Prince George, British Columbia, Canada; and James (Kelly) Morgan of Hudson, WI; eighteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.   

Jeanette is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Julius; her brothers: Earl, Alton, and Owen Zank; and her sister, Lorraine Crandall. 

Memorial donations may be directed to the Thorp Public Library, 401 South Conway Street, Thorp, WI, 54771 in Jeanette’s memory. 

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  



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