Jean C. Kazimour, 85, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center. A celebration of life will be held at noon Thursday, Oct. 11, in the social hall of St. Ludmila Catholic Church, 211 21st Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids. Private family services will be held earlier. Papich-Kuba Janeba Chapel West, Cedar Rapids, is serving the family.
Jean was born in Van Horne, Iowa, on Feb. 8, 1933, to John M. and Wilma D. Callahan. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and Mount Mercy College. She married the love of her life, James R. Kazimour, on Oct. 10, 1953. They were married just three days shy of 65 years.
Jean had the biggest heart and was known for her generosity and spunk. She would go out of her way to help anyone or brighten someone's day with a batch of her famous cookies or kolaches.
Jean was an officer for Guardians of St. Joseph Branch W137 FCSLA, (formerly Catholic Workman), a fraternal life insurance organization. She also worked for JCPenney for 23 years, where she used her store discount very generously for her kids, and in later years for her grandkids. She also worked for The Gazette.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, John and Wilma Callahan; her infant son, James Michael Kazimour; and her son, James Richard Kazimour II.
Survivors include her loving husband, Jim; her children, David (Janelle) Kazimour, Ann (John) Pfiffner, Mary Troendle and Stephen (Susie) Kazimour; and son-in-law, Phil Stechcon; eight grandchildren, Joseph, Benjamin (Lori), Jenna (Travis), Morgan, Michael, Matthew, Kyle and Kevin; and great-grandchildren, Jackson, Easton and another one on the way.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Metro Catholic Outreach Food Bank, 420 Sixth St. SE #120, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.