Juanita M. Downey

Juanita Margaret Kresse Downey, 92, of Guttenberg, passed away on March 21, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center after a lengthy illness.

The family will greet visitors one hour before the service.    

Memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Guttenberg, on Saturday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m., conducted by Rev. Penny Hansel.

Burial will be at the Guttenberg City Cemetery following the luncheon.

Arrangements are being handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Guttenberg.  

Juanita was born on May 8, 1921, in Muscatine to Victor H. Kresse and Grace C. (Schultz) Kresse. She attended Muscatine High School. On Aug. 20, 1942, she was united in marriage to Eugene “Mike” Downey in Palmyra, Mo. Having been raised on the Mississippi River in Muscatine, Juanita loved making Guttenberg her home from 1954 until her death. 

She was actively involved in her community. When the need for a new hospital was recognized in 1960, Juanita went door to door soliciting funds. A great supporter of the hospital, she held various offices within the Hospital Auxiliary. An active member of the United Methodist Church, Juanita held  offices  in United Methodist Women, served as superintendent of children’s Sunday School, organized summer Bible School and served as a church Board member.  Additionally, Juanita had been active in the band boosters, the Red Cross Blood Drive, and the American Cancer Drive.

Juanita is survived by her two daughters, Cheryl Downey Sheets of Cedar Rapids and Jacqueline Downey Smith (John) of Wichita, Kan.; three grandchildren, Michael Pierce of Seattle, Wash., Matthew Pierce of Woodstock, Ga., and Courtney Sheets of Cedar Rapids as well as two great-grandsons, Liam and Emry Pierce of Woodstock, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Eugene “Mike” Downey; her parents; two sisters, Vonda Rambo and Naomi Bales; one brother, Victor Kresse Jr., and a son-in-law, Dave Sheets.

In lieu of flowers and plants, donations may be made to the Guttenberg United Methodist Church, Guttenberg United Methodist Women, Guttenberg Hospital Auxiliary or the Guttenberg Street Clock.

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