Jeanette E. Garbes, 93

Jeanette E. Garbes age 93 of Nashua, IA died Monday, June 3, 2019, at Linn Haven Rehab and Healthcare in New Hampton.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua with Rev. Drew McHolm officiating.

Interment will be held in Greenwood Cemetery, Nashua with Pat Lentz, Ryan Garbes, Chad Nelson, Scott Edson, Ken Lawrence and Dan Garbes serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer is Aaron Lentz.

Friends may greet the family 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the church on Friday.  Online condolences for Jeanette's family may be left at

Jeanette Elizabeth Garbes was born December 2, 1925, to John and Elizabeth (Schrage) Mennenga in rural Butler County, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. She attended country schools through the 8th grade. As a young girl, she worked for a couple of families helping with children and housekeeping. This also provided an opportunity for her to work occasionally in a grocery store in Shell Rock, and later she was employed in a grocery store in Waverly.

Jeannette had a love for music and was given a guitar after 8th grade. She loved to play and sing, and entertained for Farm Bureau Programs and also at the Butler County Fair. She played and sang with the Garbes Family.

Jeannette was married to Raymond Garbes on February 1, 1948. The couple started farming in rural Clarksville. During this time, a son Roger was born in 1948, and twin daughters, Janice and Jean were born in March of 1951. Their youngest son, Ron was born in 1964.

In 1956 they purchased their farm in rural Nashua from Victor Prudhon. They lived and farmed there until December of 2014. They worked side by side on the farm; milking cows, raising hogs and chickens, producing crops such as corn, oats and hay.

Jeanette had a large flock of laying hens and through the years she sold the eggs to many neighbors and customers in Nashua and to a restaurant in Charles City. She always enjoyed visiting with the people who came to get fresh eggs on a regular basis, or those on her delivery route.

She was an active member of the Little Brown Church in Nashua, serving with the Sunday School, and the Women's Fellowship. It was always a great pleasure for Jeanette to communicate with couples who were making arrangements for receptions, and to visit the many visitors at the church for Sunday morning worship.

Jeanette is survived by her children; Roger (Susan) Garbes of Nashua, IA, Janice (Jeff) Edson of Ionia, IA, Ron (Dawn) Garbes of Nashua, IA; fourteen grandchildren, Aaron (Kristen) Lentz, Pat (Britney) Lentz, Ryan (Susan Storck) Garbes, Lisa (Chad) Nelson, Brenda Edson, Scott (Meagan) Edson, Tisha Brown (Jeff Jenkins), Heather Brown, Lara (Ken) Lawrence, Kristi (Kevin) Winks, James (Courtney) Hammer, Raychel (Trevor) Ronnei, Dan (Sarah) Garbes, and Emily (Ryan) Fisher; twenty-one great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Vera Garbes, Ruth (Don) Fenneman, Marlene (Bud) Mennenga; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond; daughter, Jean Hammer; granddaughter, Traci Garbes.

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