Jeane Marie (Rears) Kuhlmann

Jeane Marie (Rears) Kuhlmann, daughter of Amel F. and Ruby L. (Caskey) Rears was born at home near Stella, Nebraska on March 14, 1922. She attended North Star rural school District 101 and lived with her parents until she began teaching in rural schools in Southeast Nebraska.  Jean graduated from Bratton Union High School and later graduated from Peru State Teachers College.  She taught in several rural schools for seven years. On June 30, 1946, Jean married her sweetheart, Edmund J. Kuhlmann.  The couple set up housekeeping and farming near Table Rock, Nebraska before moving to a farm east of Humboldt where they raised their children Amy (Kuhlmann) Holsapple and Ken Kuhlmann. 

Jeane and Edmund became charter members of Faith Lutheran Church in Humboldt where they were active throughout their lives.  Jeane was also a charter member of LWML since 1957, Concordia Guild since 1967 and charter member of the Sewing Granny’s; holding various positions within the groups.  She performed lots of services at the church including crocheting altar clothes, Chrismons for the Christmas Tree, making banners to be displayed in the church for the various seasons and given to babies baptized and for other milestones.  Beginning in 1986, Jeane wrote her famous Jeane’s Sense and Nonsense article for the monthly church newsletter. She shared her faith in God with others through this article, never missing a month. Her most important revelation was her “Damascus Road” witness which she shared with so many people. Jeane wants to be remembered for being a child of God and a witness to his grace.

Jeane passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at Colonial Acres Nursing Home in Humboldt, Nebraska having reached the earthly age of 101 years. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Edmund, sisters: Anna May (Edwin Kuhlmann), Ruby Lee (Lee Remmers), brother Donald (Rose Marie Lewis), brothers-in-law: Edwin Kuhlmann, Lee Remmers, Hank Haynes, Alvin Kuhlmann, Ernest Kuhlmann, Walter Kuhlmann, Ervin Kuhlmann, Reinhart Kuhlmann, sisters-in-law: Rosa Kuhlmann, Leona Kuhlmann, Ida (Mikal) Kuhlmann, Rosina (Mikal) Kuhlmann, Leona (Grauerholz) Kuhlmann, Rose Marie (Lewis) Rears.

Jeane is survived by her daughter Amy Holsapple of Overland Park, KS; son Ken Kuhlmann and wife Jan (Voght) of Humboldt, NE; sister, Mary Lou (Rears) Haynes of Auburn, sister-in-law Manetta Kuhlmann of Sterling, CO; four grandchildren and spouses, six great-grandchildren and spouses, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, friends, and neighbors. 

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Faith Lutheran Church in Humboldt, Nebraska with Pastor Tim Llewellyn officiating. Interment will follow services at the Humboldt Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at the Wherry Mortuary, 207 N. Nemaha Street in Humboldt.  Family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be given to The Lutheran Hour.

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Services entrusted to Wherry Mortuary-207 N. Nemaha St.-Humboldt, Nebraska 68376 (402) 862-2915

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