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May 27, 1932 - May 15, 2022
Jean Wohlgemuth died peacefully at Palm Village Retirement Center on May 15, 2022 in Reedley, California. She lived a full life for almost 90 years.
Jean is survived by her loving husband, Ivan Wohlgemuth, daughter, Sandra and husband Ed Greene, son, Terry and wife, Shelley Wohlgemuth.
She had five grandchildren. Craig and his wife Sarah Wohlgemuth, Scott and his wife, Amy Wohlgemuth Rachel and husband, Alex Danilyuk, Trevor Greene, Troy and his wife, Ashley Greene. Eleven great-grandchildren comlete the family.
She is also survived by two brothers, Jack and his wife Annabelle, Glen and his wife, Peggy, and one sister-in-law, Herwanna Wohlgemuth. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Renetta Zimmerman, and her parents-in-law, Henry & Bertha Wohlgemuth.
Jean was born May 27, 1932 in Madera, California. She accepted Christ at an early age when Rev. JB Toews had evangelistic services in the Dinuba MB Church. She was baptized in 1945 at Reedley Beach.
She attended Grandview Elementary School, Immanuel High School, and Fresno Pacific College. While attending Immanuel High School she met her future husband, Ivan Wohlgemuth.
Jean and Ivan were married February 9, 1951 at the Dinuba MB Church. Soon after their wedding, Ivan was drafted into the army and served as a Neuro Psychiatric Medic. Sandra was born while Ivan was stationed in Korea. Terry was born a few years later.
Farming was their livelihood until they were called into the ministry. In 1963, they sold the farm and embarked on the Brazil Maru refugee ship and left for Japan.
Jean not only raised her children in a foreign country and made their small Japanese house into a comfortable home, but she also went to Japanese Language school for 2 years, and embraced the people and the culture.
After 20 years of ministry in Japan, they left three established churches that continue to grow to this day. Jean made her home open to the community and church, from baking classes to Bible studies. She was gifted in art, music, singing, baking, sewing, and had a flair for hospitality.
After returning to Dinuba, Jean spent much of her time enjoying her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In 2012, Jean suffered a massive stroke. she continued to fight through physical challenges until she passed away. Jean demonstrated immense courage and inner strength as her health failed. She will be greatly missed, but we look forward to seeing her again.
Memorial Donations can be sent to:
Multiply (MB MISSION) Acct #CO776-Japan Outreach-4867 E. Townsend Ave., Fresno, CA 93727
Hope Kingsburg Church-1303 Stroud, Kingsburg, CA
Palm Village Retirement Center-701 W. Herbert, Reedley, CA 93654
The family would like to thank Palm Village, Care Connect, and Comfort Care Hospice for graciously taking care of our mother.
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