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Jean Adele (Arndt) Dommer was born on November 1, 1933, in Onawa, Iowa to parents William C. and Leila M. (Jones) Arndt. She attended Blencoe Elementary School and Blencoe High School, graduating in 1951. Jean furthered her education at Morningside College in Sioux City and graduated with a degree in vocal music and a minor in English. She taught vocal music in Paulina, Castana and then Charter Oak-Ute for 37 years. On August of 1958 Jean married Charles B. Dommer, Jr. The couple lived north of Soldier and then south of Ute. Charles died in 1988. After Jean retired from Charter Oak-Ute, she moved to Dunlap and continued to substitute teach until May of 2015.
Jean was a member of the Soldier Lutheran Church and then after moving to Dunlap became a member of St. John Lutheran Church. She was always a church organist and has played for many weddings and funerals. Jean was a 50-year member of the Queen Esther Chapter #22 Eastern Star in Onawa and a member of DAR. Jean taught piano lessons to numerous children over the years. Most of all, Jean loved her grandkids and great-grandkids.
Jean died on Saturday, February 27, 2021, at the Dunlap Specialty Care at the age of 87 years, three months and 26 days.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; grandson, Brandon Gonsalves; sister, Maxine Arndt; and brother, Vernon Arndt. She is survived by her three daughters, Janet and her husband Jim Harris of Madrid, Iowa, Cheryl Eneboe of Pisgah, Iowa and Karen Dommer and her spouse Tammy Dommer of Pisgah, Iowa; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
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