Jane Dennler

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Jane Roberta Dennler, 76, of Elkader, died Friday May 22, 2015, at the Elkader Care Center. She was born August 1, 1938, in Los Angeles, CA, and raised by John and Grace (Kemp) Neylan. Jane attended country school and St. Joseph’s Catholic School until her senior year, when she transferred to Central High School, where she graduated with the Class of 1955. 

On November 10, 1956, Jane was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Dennler at St. Joseph’s in Elkader. Five children were born to this union. Jane was a devoted farmer’s wife; farming with Bob and her family until 2003. They continued to live on the farm, until they moved in to an assisted living facility in August of 2014. Jane enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren, playing cards with family and friends, and making trips to the boat. 

Survivors include her husband of 58½ years, Bob, of Elkader; her children, Carol (Jim) Gordon of Elkader, Kevin Dennler of Elkader, Keith (Paulette) Dennler of Forest Lake, MN, Karen (Andy) Koehn of Elgin, Kurt (NiCole) Dennler of Elkader; six grand-children, Nick (Nicole) Dennler, Reese Dennler, Danielle Koehn, Sara (Trey) Bodensteiner, Ariel Dennler, Drake Dennler; three step-grandchildren, Zachary Ewing, Ashley and Kurt Gordon; sister, Patty (David) Murray of Sun Prairie, WI; sisters-in-law, Bonnie Neylan of Menlo Park, CA, Joan (Marvin) Williams of Lakeville, MN, Hilda Jach of Davenport; brothers-in-law, Bob Graves of Decatur, AL, Virgil (Viola) Dennler of Elkader; many nieces, nephews and friends.

–Jane was preceded in death by her parents, John and Grace Neylan, birth father, Robert Ricketts; father and mother-in-law, Elmer and Amanda Dennler; brother, John Neylan; sisters-in-law, Lois Loftsgard and Marlene Graves; brothers-in-law, George Jach and Ray Loftsgard.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader. Celebrant was the Rev. Paul R. Peters. There will be a private family inurnment at a later date Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2015, at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader and one hour before mass time at the church on Saturday.

Leonard Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with www.leonardfuneralhomes.com

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Central Community Ambulance or St. Jude Hospice.

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