Jeanne Dittmer 82, of rural Quincy, passed away at 5:55 a.m. Friday, October 29th, surrounded by family at her home. Jeanne was born November 22, 1938, in the community of Bloomfield near Quincy, Illinois. She was the daughter of Elmer and Emma Reichert Dedert. Jeanne married Wilfred Dittmer on June 25th, 1960 at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Quincy, IL.
Jeanne went to Bloomfield and Fowler grade schools. She was confirmed at Luther Memorial Church and graduated from Unity High School in Mendon in 1956.
Jeanne was the leader of the Five Pointers 4-H club for 20 years, served on the Adams County Cooperative Extension Service board, and was a lifelong fan of the Adams County Fair. She was a member of the Ursa Retreat House Board where she helped organize and run many youth camps. She was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Coatsburg, the Red Hat Social Society in Quincy, and volunteered at the Community for Christ Assistance Center in Camp Point. Jeanne loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, cross-stitch, reading, and square-dancing with friends in her earlier years.
Jeanne started work after high school at Allstate Insurance in Anaheim, CA. She then worked for Gardner Denver and the Illinois State Bank, both in Quincy, IL. After marriage, Jeanne was a partner in their family farm in rural Quincy and worked at the Quincy Airport restaurant for many years.
She is survived by her four (4) children - Tammy (Kevin) Ommodt of Allen, TX, Tim (Julie) Dittmer of Viera, FL, Todd (Shelly) Dittmer of Peoria, IL, & Tracy (Eric) Frese of Quincy, IL, eight grandchildren - Logan & Marissa Ommodt of Allen, TX, Alexis Zampaglione of Viera, FL, Cameron Dittmer of Dawsonville, GA, Lucas Dittmer of Tempe, AZ, Evan Dittmer of Peoria, IL, Olivia & Caleb Frese of Quincy, IL, and one great-grandson Phoenix Zampaglione of Viera, FL.
She is also survived by a sister, Lee Homan of Quincy, IL, a sister-in-law, Carolyn Pond of Liberty, IL, a brother-in-law, Wayne Pond of Liberty, IL, a brother-in-law, Edward Dittmer of Liberty, IL, and a sister-in-law, Judy Dittmer of Liberty, IL.
Jeanne had a special place in her heart for her 30 nieces and nephews and she continued to cultivate her circle of friends dating back to the community of Bloomfield, Unity High School, Illinois State Bank, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sisters - Delma Callahan of Quincy, IL, Ruth Pinto of Anaheim, California, Arlys Rabe of Mendon, IL, and her brother Marvin Dedert of Quincy, IL.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, or the Ursa Retreat House.
A visitation will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Coatsburg, IL from 4-7 pm on Friday, November 5th followed by the funeral at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, November 6th at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
The Lummis Hamilton Funeral Home in Camp Point is handling the arrangements.
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