Obit: Stieglitz, Jean Avis (1922 – 2012)

 Contact: Jan Stieglitz


Surnames: Stieglitz, Morrison, Scheuring, Willard, Chester, Franklin, Elston, Slemec, Eby

----Source: Family Submission, August 5, 1922— May 28, 2012

Jean Avis Stieglitz

Jean Avis Stieglitz, 89, of Santa Barbara went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on May 28, 2012.

Jean was born in Greenwood, WI on August 5, 1922 to the late John Paul and Bessie Grace (Morrison) Scheuring. Jean was raised on her family's dairy farm where she learned the values of stewardship, service to others, responsibility and a deep love of God and family that stayed with her throughout her life. She graduated from Greenwood High School, and in 1946 earned a BS degree in Home Economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Following graduation, she taught school in Marinette, Wisconsin for a year. In 1947 she married her devoted and loving husband, Thomas Stieglitz. As newlyweds, they moved to Indianapolis, IN to start their life together.

Jean was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church. When she moved to Santa Barbara, CA in 1961 with her husband, they joined St. Mark UMC where she taught children's Sunday school for over 17 years. She also nurtured her love of children as a Den mother for Cub Scouts, and taught piano and music appreciation to her four children. She stayed close to her college roommates, the "1022 gang", named for the address of their boarding house. Their chain of friendship is still active through round robin letters that were started after graduation. She was a prolific letter writer to her family, friends, and pen pals world-wide.

Most of all, Jean loved and cherished her family instilling in them the values with which she was raised. Her personal example of caring and concern lives on in her family. Family connections were kept alive overcoming the distance through annual vacations camping cross-country to visit the family farm. Different driving routes were planned to visit and appreciate all the natural beauty of our country along the way. As her sons grew older, they were provided opportunities to work on the family farm, now a Centennial Farm, each summer. The legacy continues as the farm is still family owned and operated today. The most valuable legacy she has left to her family is as an example of a loving and dedicated spouse for over 64 years of marriage, an example grounded in her deep faith in Christ.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, John Willard "Bill" and Robert Paul Scheuring. She is survived by her husband, sons and their spouses Karl Chester and Donna Stieglitz of Dubuque, IA, John Franklin and Jan Stieglitz of Sharpsville, IN, William Elton "Wes" and Jody Stieglitz of Greenwood, WI, and daughter Anne Marie (Stieglitz) Weger of Santa Barbara, CA. Her grandchildren are Laura Stieglitz, Amy (Stieglitz) Eby, Daren Stieglitz, Karl Stieglitz, Micah Stieglitz, Nicholas "Nick" Stieglitz, Louis "Louie" Stieglitz, Eric Stieglitz, Paul Stieglitz, and Michelle (Stieglitz) Slemec. Her great-grandchildren are Mason Stieglitz, Madison, Stieglitz, Allison Stieglitz, Drew Stieglitz, Reed Stieglitz, Eva Stieglitz, Eden Stieglitz, Langdon Slemec, Joseph Slemec, and Enoch Eby. A memorial service with a reception to follow is planned for June 26 at 11:00 am at St. Mark UMC, 3942 La Colina Rd., Santa Barbara, CA. A graveside service is planned for August 5 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wisconsin.

Memorial contributions can be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, 222 E. Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 or online at




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