Jeanne Elizabeth Stadel, age 97, a lifetime area resident, died June 10, 2019, at Village Manor Nursing Home in Abilene, Kansas.
She was born October 22, 1921, in Manhattan, the daughter of Antone and Elizabeth (Barry) Kemnitz.
Jeanne graduated from Manhattan High School with the class of 1940.
On June 22, 1940, at Jeanne’s family home she was married to Delbert Henry Stadel, whom she met when they were both in the Be-Busy 4-H club. Delbert preceded her in death on July 2, 2016.
Jeanne attended First Christian Church in Manhattan. She was a member of E.H.U., Coachman Campers, TOPS, was the Be Busy 4-H Club foods leader. Jeanne prided herself on being a farm wife and partner and had many hobbies she was passionate about.
Her love of painted horses was at the top of the list and she enjoyed having a horse or two around and last sat in the saddle at age 90! She could be found working in her garden every spring and summer raising vegetables and flowers. Her goal was to have a few home-grown fresh tomatoes at Thanksgiving. Jeanne was an avid cake decorator and it was always special for her grandchildren to make a trip out to see her and look through her many cake books to pick out exactly the cake they wanted for their birthday, she always decorated exactly what was selected by each grandchild every year! She loved harvest time and driving the grain truck, if you were at grandma and grandpa’s house you could be assured there was always a cold bottle of soda in the garage refrigerator or a DQ dilly bar in the freezer.
Jeanne loved having her family over for holiday meals and get togethers. She developed an interest in tracing her family history and enjoyed sharing stories of her childhood as well as sharing stories of what she had learned about her ancestors and western history.
Jeanne enjoyed traveling with Delbert and the Coachman Camper Club. She stayed close to the 4-H program and served as a foods leader and could always been seen during the Riley County Fair working in the kitchen with other members from her E.H.U group.
Survivors include her two children: Lee Stadel and his wife Linda of Hope, KS, and Jacque Farley and her husband Mike of Tescott, KS; six grandchildren: Jeff Farley, Kay Stinson, Scott Reese, Mardee Lincoln, Todd Stadel and Brian Reese; two step-grandchildren: Colleen Castetter and Karalee Ridder; 10 great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren and three step great-great grandchildren.
Jeanne was also preceded in death by, her daughter Marilyn Dickens, grandson Bruce Reese, and by three siblings: Alice Kemnitz, Helen Doebert and Paul Kemnitz.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, June 18th, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home with Reverend Ben Duerfeldt officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas 4-H Foundation, and may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.