Jeanette E. Frech-Allan, 88, of Ottumwa, Iowa, formerly of New Athens, IL, born August 30, 1924 in New Athens,IL, died Sunday, August 25, 2013 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa, Iowa. She graduated from the Strassberger Conservatory for Music in 1941 at the age of 17. She was also employed in the office of Autocrat Corp. for many years. She was a lifelong member of United Methodist Church in New Athens, where she also served as the church organist for 62 years. In her later years music was her life and was very proud to have been able to play the organ at the church.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her first husband, Phil Clem Frech, who died May 10, 1976; her second husband, William R. Allan, who died September 16, 1989; her parents, Albert and Elsie, nee Koch, Weible; her brother Lloyd Weible; sister-in-law, Velma Weible; her nephew Robert Weible and son-in-law, Gary H. Idecker. Jeanette was the granddaughter of J.F. Weible, who had been a prominent citizen of New Athens who died in 1938.
Surviving her are two daughters, Peggy Idecker of New Athens, IL and Susan (James) Boxx of Ottumwa; Iowa; four grandchildren; Gary L. (Dawn) Idecker, Jeffrey (Mary) Idecker, Angela (Chris) Hewitt and Ashley Idecker; Five great-grandchildren; Shane, Erin and Sara Hewitt and Amanda and Savannah Idecker, and a niece Beverly Westbrook of Peoria, IL
In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to be made to United Methodist Church in New Athens.
Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at United Methodist Church located at 201 S. Clinton St. in New Athens.
Funeral: Services will be held at 10 a..m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at United Methodist Church in New Athens with the Reverends Ron Chase and Gary Mossiman officiating. Burial will be at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens. She will be interred between her two husbands. A luncheon will be held at the church following the cemetery committal service.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.
Jeanette I had to be first didn’t I–I can’t cover our 80 years but can recognize how special they became, in the good times and hard times. Most surely the Music —-God gave us a gift beyond anything we could have done, and what a ride we had. Wow !! And thanks to Gladys for giving us a start, who would have thought it, over 65 years—-again Wow, with my love and friendship, dorothy
Posted by: Dorothy Hacker – New Athens, IL – Friend Aug 26, 2013
Gram – I am so blessed and thankful that I had 43 wonderful years with you. You were my friend, confidante, and shopping partner. I will treasure all my memories of you and will miss you greatly. I look forward to the day we are together again. I love you with all my heart! Your little Seetsie Bug.
Posted by: Angie Hewitt – Red Bud, IL – Granddaughter Aug 27, 2013
A year is a long time and yet a short time, but a special time to remember the music on a Sunday and all the times inbetween, even high school chorus and sextet contest time. A special time all the time. love dorothy
Posted by: Dorothy Hacker – New Athens, IL – friend Aug 24, 2014