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Jean Kay Rempfer Schuppan

September 13, 1932 - September 4, 2017

Jean Kay Rempfer Schuppan of Columbus, Texas, went Home with God on September 4, 2017, after a lengthy series of illnesses. Jean had been a resident of Columbus for the past 10 years, and also lived in Rosenberg, Texas, since 2001. She was 84 years old.

Jean is survived by her three beloved children, Mark R. Schuppan, Kathryn J. Lakritz and son-in-law Dr. Howard L. Lakritz of Phoenix, Arizona, and Rebecca S. Kamenski and son-in-law Douglas M. Kamenski of Columbus, Texas. Jean is also survived by her beloved brother, Ronald H. Rempfer, Sr. and sister-in-law Janet Rempfer of Chuluota, Florida, and beloved sisters-in-law Florence Rempfer of Owasso, Oklahoma, Leslie Schuppan of Brentwood, Missouri, and Marjorie Schuppan of Kirkwood, Missouri. Jean has been blessed with five loving grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins who love her dearly.

Born in Bridgeton, New Jersey, on September 13, 1932 to Charles M. Rempfer, Sr. and Kathryn E. (Williams) Rempfer, Jean graduated from Bridgeton High School with the Class of 1949, then pursued her bachelorís degree and graduated from Concordia Teacherís College in River Forest, Illinois in 1953. Jean also earned her masterís degree from Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey, in 1977.

Jean was a teacher for 40 years, originally teaching in Lutheran schools in Connecticut, New York, and then at the St. Johnís Lutheran Day School in Bridgeton, New Jersey. In addition to teaching, Jean served as an adviser for the Walther League, was a Sunday School Nursery teacher, and had been a long standing member of the choir. Jean also served on the churchís 125th Anniversary Committee, and wrote and narrated the Christmas Cantatas since 1983. A devout Lutheran, Jean served during VBS, wrote devotions for the Kidís Club, was the secretary for Sunday School Cradle Roll, lead Bible Study groups, substituted as a Confirmation Class teacher, and in the pastorís absence, delivered many childrenís sermons. Jean also taught 27 out of her 40 years in the Bridgeton Public School system, spending the last 6 years of her career as the Creative Writing Instructor for all of the districtís elementary campuses. She taught several generations of children and loved each and every one of her students. She was honored upon her retirement in 1996. Jean was also the Senior Library Assistant at the Bridgeton Free Library where she did all the cataloging.

Moving to Rosenberg, Texas in 2001 to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Jean volunteered at the George Library in Richmond, Texas to teach reading and writing to anyone who wanted help, but also taught English to non-English speakers to help them prepare for their citizenship tests. As a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rosenberg, Jean organized a greeting card ministry that included sending birthday, anniversary, sympathy, and greeting cards to other members of the congregation and their families. She also enjoyed participating in any 55 Plus activities through Trinity Lutheran. In 2007, Jean moved with her family to Columbus, Texas and worshiped at St. Paul Lutheran Church for as long as her health permitted.

Jean was a charter member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority for Exceptional Women Educators, the Bridgeton Education Association, the Cumberland County Education Association, the New Jersey Education Association, and the National Education Association.

She was predeceased by her loving parents Charles M. and Kathryn E. (Williams) Rempfer, Sr., her beloved brother Charles M. Rempfer, Jr., and adored her nephew Russell T. Rempfer. Jean was also predeceased by two beloved brothers-in-law, Richard G. Schuppan, and Martin J. Schuppan, Jr.

Jean was generous with her time, talents, and possessions. She dedicated her life to her children, her family, her students, the church, and to helping others to the Glory of God. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1512 Louise St., Rosenberg, Texas 77471.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., immediately followed by her Funeral Service at 3:00 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home, 1515 Montezuma St., Columbus, Texas, Rev. Wayne A. Schueler officiating.

 
 


Jean Kay Rempfer Schuppan
September 13, 1932 - September 4, 2017
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