Jean Ann Scanlan Kelzenberg
Jean Ann Scanlan Kelzenberg, 91, of Marion, died peacefully on Jan. 22 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Burial following service: Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids, with vigil at 4 p.m.
Jean was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Cedar Rapids, the daughter of Clarence and Leone Scanlan.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 69 years, Ervin. Jean and Ervin were married on May 7, 1949, at Immaculate Conception Church, during a Mass celebrated by her great uncle, Msgr. William Hannon. They were blessed with five children, David of Iowa City, Robert of Cedar Rapids, Richard of Marion, Martin of Albuquerque, N.M., and Joseph, who died in infancy. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Michael (Jessica) Kelzenberg of Glendale, Calif., Jennifer (Nick) Lorch of North Liberty and Brittany (Cory) Nelson of Murrell's Inlet, S.C.; great-granddaughters, Abigail and Emerson Lorch; sister, Jane Regan; brother-in-law, John Kelzenberg; and sister-in-law, LaVerle Cocchiarella.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Joseph; brother, John Scanlan; and brother-in-law, Leon Kelzenberg.
Jean graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and received her bachelor's degree from Mount Mercy College. She taught at both Kirkwood Community College and Hamilton Business College. In 1986, she left teaching to care for her aging parents. After their deaths, she collaborated with her son, Martin, in founding the Iowa School of Natural Therapeutics of Cedar Rapids (later Des Moines), where she enjoyed teaching and performing massage therapy.
A devout Roman Catholic, Jean traveled with friends one day each month to New Melleray Abbey for a day of celebration and prayer. Also, she met monthly with the Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle and participated in the Pilgrim Virgin Rosary Program. She was a Secular Carmelite in the St. Teresa of Jesus Community, and a lifetime Associate of the Sisters of Mercy. She made many pilgrimages to shrines around the world, including Lourdes (France), Fatima (Portugal) and Rome. She cherished St. Patrick's Day and enjoyed celebrating her Irish heritage. She seldom missed an opportunity to share her faith, hope and love with others.
Jean loved to cook, knit, make rosaries and dabble at oil painting. She enjoyed creative writing, penning articles in defense of the pro-life agenda and prayed faithfully for a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution. Jean's life was centered on her marriage, her loving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her many friends and her devout faith. Most of all, Jean was a woman of peace and prayer who loved and cared for her family throughout her life, and who was lovingly cared for by her family until the end of her life.
The family wishes to thank the staffs of St. Matthew Catholic Church, Hallmar, Mercy Hospice Care, Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, and especially the wonderful in-home caregivers of BrightStar Care, for their gentle care at the end of her life. We ask that you please remember Jean in your prayers.
Memorials may be directed to the family in care of St. Matthew Catholic Church.
Please share your support and memories with Jean's family on her tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.