Jean Gau


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Posted Online: Dec. 01, 2012, 5:46 pm
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Funeral services and Mass of Christian Burial for Jean P. Gau, 77, a resident of Davenport, will be 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Visitation is 1-4 p.m. today (Sunday) at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, with a prayer service at 1 p.m.
Jean died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at the Kahl Home, Davenport, following a courageous two year
battle with cancer.
Jean Frances Petre was born Nov. 25, 1935, in Davenport, the daughter of Carson Carl and Olga Hedwig Peterson Petre. She was united in marriage to Joseph Herman Gau on Feb. 2, 1957, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Davenport. He preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 2000. Following his death, she married David Westemeyer on Aug. 16, 2003, at Holy Family in Davenport.
Jean was a proud member of the first class at Rock Island Alleman High School in 1949 and a graduate of Davenport High in 1953. Jean had been employed with "Ma Bell" for over 35 years, retiring in 1993.
Jean was a member of Holy Family Church and the Telephone Pioneers. For the past 14 years she volunteered in the development office at Alleman High School and considered it a labor of love. She was honored to work with students and staff and to cheer for the Pioneers. She loved spending time with her family, especially following the grandkids with their many school and sporting events.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alleman High School, Holy Family Church or Assumption High School.
Survivors include her children, Matthew (Janet) Gau, Davenport, Michael (Kathleen) Gau, Lake St. Louis, Mo., and Michelle Gau, Moline; six grandchildren, Daniel (Kim), Jennifer (John) Korch, JoAnna (Jeff) Miller, Ryan, Alyssa and Patrick; seven great-grandchildren, Caleb, Carter, Addison, Alexia, Tabitha, Maverick and Marcus; her husband, David; her sister and brother-in-law, Carmen (Ralph) Weigandt, Derby, Kan.; and brother-in-law, Donald (Darlene) Gau, Davenport; and her aunt Dorothy "Sue" Peterson Witherspoon; as well as numerous loving nieces, nephews and her Alleman High School family. Her family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staffs at the Kahl Home and Hospice Compassus for their loving and compassionate care during her final weeks.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Jean's
obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.














 



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