Jean Ganske

Jean Ganske of The Villages, Florida peacefully joined our heavenly Father, September 18, 2020. "Live Out Loud" best describes her creative lifestyle. Jean was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. Following graduation from Sacred Heart, she received her degree at University of Northern Iowa / graduate student at University of Iowa and Minnesota. Teaching was her passion, beginning in Eldora to Allison-Bristow to New Hampton, Iowa. She taught art and speech for 34 years; loved her career and loved her students. Her teaching didn't stop after retirement. She taught art and calligraphy for 21 years in The Villages.

Jean was a member of the CIC and travel board. She was the founder of the Educators Retired club, founded the Iowa/Minnesota state club, started the traveling Ladies Billiards team and founded the Peripheral Neuropathy support group which she lead for 15 years. She served on the library board and on Parks/Recreation board.

Golfing was another huge passion for Jean. She played a one-on-one exhibition with the infamous Patty Berg, played professionally for a period of time and was a golf coach in the New Hampton school system. In her career she had seven holes in one. Jean continued to give golf lessons the rest of her life. Hobbies were many; reading, fishing at her lake cabin, calligraphy, painting and writing.

Jean joins her husband Roger and her daughter Jeri in heaven. Survived by her youngest daughter Nan-c, grandsons Tyler (Jeanette) and Cameron (Sarah), great grandsons Mr B aka Braylon and M&M aka Meryk and a great granddaughter on the way.

From Robert Frost, The Road not taken, Jean writes... "I don't know if I've taken the one less traveled but I do know the road I've taken has made all the difference".


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Jean Ganske

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Patricia Raeker

September 29, 2020

My dearest friend Nan-c,
My heart hurts for you. I can't imagine the pain you're going through. What I remember about your Mom was that she was a very strong Lady! A leader, a lady ahead of her time. I always loved her art, again ahead of her time! I see so much of her in you! Strong, fearless, brave, talented and ahead of your time!
Love you with all my heart.

Ann Myers Simms

September 29, 2020

Sorry to hear Mrs. Ganske has passed. She was the Yearbook teacher while I was on it. She had enough confidence in me to invite me to be the photographer for the yearbook. She taught me a lot!
My sympathies to her family.

Kendra Walker

September 28, 2020

Mrs. Ganske was my favorite high school teacher. I spent my high school years taking as many art classes that she offered as I could. Then I ended up going to Hawkeye Tech, as it was called then, and becoming a graphic designer because of her. Thank you for sharing her with us all. Prayers and sympathy to you. Kendra Crooks Walker, New Hampton Class of '79.

Deb Weidler

September 28, 2020

You have my deepest sympathy! She was one of my favorite teachers in high school!

Ed Severson

September 28, 2020

One of my favorite teachers of all time and a great lady. My condolences to the family. She will be missed but remembered fondly.

Jean Huegel Neuendorf

September 28, 2020

I was inspired by Mrs. Ganske's love of art. She had a way of getting you to see art from different angles. I was lucky to receive a pottery vase from my mom that Jean made l still use it often and love it. God bless you & your family!

Julie Steffen

September 27, 2020

I remember Mrs. Ganske well. She was a kind, but firm coach for my mediocre golf talent.

She also very kindly encouraged my interest in photography and provided guidance that I still use today.

My thoughts are with her family and loved ones.

Anthony Wegner

September 27, 2020

Ohh so sad may Ms Ganske rest well knowing she enlightened and enspired thousands of todays adults. In her art classes.

I have every last piece of art that she enspired me to create and graded accodingly.

Thank you Ms Gamske.

Mary Burke Wegner

September 27, 2020

I had Jean for study hall at various times in high school.
She was always a very pleasant and friendly lady. May she rest in Peace.

Dave Brown

September 25, 2020

Nan-c, from art class to speech class with your mom, she made me feel like like a champ (no matter how ordinary I was 🙂). But to this very day, and I mean that; I watch the old Johnny Cash shows on GET TV, and every single time I think of your mom and her love for him! So, it goes without saying, that I’ve thought of your mom frequently! 🙂 Bless you through this time Nan-c, and memories will become more and more precious, and she’ll always be inside you! Love, Dave


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