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Jean D. Niehus

April 7, 2018

Le Mars, Iowa

Jean D. Niehus, 92, of Le Mars, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Floyd Valley Healthcare in Le Mars.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at All Saints Catholic Parish-St. Joseph Church in Le Mars. the Rev. Bruce Lawler will celebrate Mass. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Le Mars. Visitation with the family will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, with a rosary at 5 p.m. and a Scriptural prayer service at 6 p.m., at Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. Visitation will resume 9:30 a.m until service time Monday at the church. Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.

Jean Dorothy Niehus was born on June 9, 1925, on the Kunkel family farm near Oyens, Iowa, to Andrew and Rose (Ruppert) Kunkel. She attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Le Mars. After high school, Jean furthered her education by attending National Business School in Sioux City. Her first secretarial position was with the Warrior Hotel in Sioux City.

Jean met Ralph Niehus on a Sunday after church in Oyens. They were later wed at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church on May 24, 1949. Jean and Ralph made their home on a farm near Oyens. She worked part-time for her brother, Don, as a bookkeeper at Mount Drug in Le Mars. On the farm, she enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening along with canning. Jean and Ralph moved to Le Mars in 1988.

Jean was always on the go with her card clubs and coffee groups. Weekly trips with Ralph were made to Sloan, Iowa to play the slots. She also enjoyed working crossword puzzles.

Grateful to have shared her life is her husband of 68 years, Ralph Niehus of Le Mars; five children and their spouses, Chuck and Dora Niehus of Lyons, Colo., Dale and Linda Niehus of Overland Park, Kan., Randy and Linda Niehus of Le Mars, Jane and Kevin VanWyhe of Farmington, Ark., and Curt and Rochelle Niehus of Le Mars; grandchildren, Candi and Bill Steel, Darin and Jami Gleason, Derek and Erin Niehus, Kristin and Raj Desai, Shaun Niehus, Kyle and Kari Niehus, Brett Niehus, Tyler Niehus and Haley Stinton, Kelly Niehus, Cory Niehus and Socorra Rol, Andrew VanWyhe and Angie Maresh, Caleb VanWyhe, Chad and Hilary Niehus, Andrea and Jeremy Langel and Caitlyn Niehus; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Norma, Delores, Rosemary and Paula; brothers, Donald and Larry; and an infant brother, Andrew.