Obit: Skavlem, Jeanne Mae (1923 - 2012)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Surnames: Skavlem, O’Brien, Freck, Barrette, Bade
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) March 28, 2012
Skavlem, Jeanne Mae (1 October 1923 - 20 March 2012)
Jeanne Skavlem, 88, of Neillsville died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in the Palliative Care Unit of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.
Jeanne Mae Skavlem was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Fall River, the daughter of Paul and Carrie (O’Brien) Freck. She graduated from Fall River High School and then earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was united in marriage to John T. Skavlem Aug. 10, 1943, in Madison. Jeanne was a teacher in the Plymouth School District. She taught high school English and Latin for seven years and then she took time to raise her family. When she returned to teaching, she taught as a reading specialist in the Plymouth Middle School.
Jeanne was a member of the Plymouth Women’s Club and a member of the Plymouth Library Board. She enjoyed playing Bridge, needlepoint and working in her flower garden. She was an avid reader and she loved the outdoors doing activities like cross-country skiing, canoeing and biking. She also loved to travel, first, with her husband, and after his death with her sister. Her travels included Europe, Australia and Tahiti to name a few.
She is survived by two children, Jon "Ted" (Cindy) Skavlem of Franklin and Bekke (Steve) Barrette of Neillsville; three grandchildren, Nick Skavlem of St. Francis, Jesse Barrette of Neillsville and Andrew Barrette of Minnetonka, MN.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents, Paul and Carrie Freck; a sister, Carrie Freck-Bade; and a brother, Byron Freck.
Burial and a memorial service will take place at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Plymouth at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for designation to the Ministry Home Care - Hospice at a later date.
Online condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.
The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Jeanne’s family with funeral arrangements.
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