Jennie Belle Birdsell

Thursday, January 27, 2022 2:16 am

Jennie Belle (Winkler) Birdsell, 84, of Ossian, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 at Gundersen Palmer Hospital in West Union.

Jennie was born July 26, 1937 to Clarence Sr. and Dorothy (Brackin) Winkler in Elgin. She attended Illyria Country School and North High School. She earned her G.E.D. from NICC. In her younger years Jennie worked for Loftus Restaurant in West Union.

On Nov. 7, 1954 Jennie was united in marriage with the love of her life, Cletus Birdsell, at First Methodist Church in West Union. Two children were born to this union. They settled on a farm south of Ossian where they raised their family and farmed. They celebrated 57 years of marriage together. Throughout the years, Jennie worked at The Townhouse and Pronto in West Union and Casey’s in Ossian. She was a member of Stavanger Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School and was the Treasurer for many years. She enjoyed attending ceramics class and was a collector of Precious Moments for 25 years. She cherished every moment with her family and friends, especially time spent with her two great grandchildren.

Surviving Jennie are her two children, Alan Birdsell of Cooksville, Tennessee and Becky Birdsell of West Union; granddaughter, Jonie (Jarod) Keune of Wykoff, Minn.; two great-grandchildren, Wesley Keune and Jenna Belle Keune; four siblings, Janice (Gary) Nicols of Des Moines, John (Nancy) Winkler of Cedar Rapids, Cindy (George) Light of Lisbon, and Clarence (Becky) Winkler, Jr. of Ossian; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Virgil and Audrey Birdsell of Ossian; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marlys and Dirk Amundsen of Newton; and several nieces and nephews.

Jennie was preceded in death by her husband on August 15, 2012; parents, Clarence Sr. and Dorothy Winkler; three sisters, JoAnn Winkler, Julie Winkler and Jacquie Winkler; and one brother, James Winkler.

A Celebration of Life Service will be planned for a later date. Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Ossian is assisting the family with arrangements.

Submit A Comment

Fill out the form to submit a comment. All comments require approval by our staff before it is displayed on the website.

Notify of
0 Comment
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments