Jean Carolyn Guenther



Jean Carolyn Guenther (nee Belstrom) of Brookfield peacefully entered eternal life at her home Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.


She was the daughter of William and Anna Belstrom. Jean grew up in Negaunee, Mich., with two older brothers, William and Donald Belstrom.


Jean earned her bachelorís degree at Northern Michigan University at Marquette.  She received her first teaching position at Ann Arbor, Mich. While there, she earned her masterís degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She has always been an avid fan of the NMU Wildcats, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers.


Jean moved to the Milwaukee area in 1952, accepting a teaching position in the Wauwatosa School District. She spent the rest of her teaching career at McKinley Elementary School teaching fourth grade, retiring in 1984. Her many students are close to her heart. 

In 1964, she married David James Guenther of Oshkosh. They shared a very special relationship until Davidís death in 1997.  They enjoyed many things, including travel and spending time at The Birches, their cottage. Jean was an active member of the Republican Party, spending many years planning and participating in Republican Women projects. She enjoyed walking and spending time with her many friends, which included playing bridge, and was a master at needlework and other crafts.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Ernestine Belstrom; cousin, Holly Mathias; members of the Guenther family, including the Robert Reinke family; and beloved friend and guardian, Robert Adams and family and many friends.


She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, other family and friends.


Special thanks are given to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice, Comfort Keepers and The Jean Team for all the love and care given to Jean.


A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Harder Funeral Home, 18700 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield. Burial to follow at Highland Memorial Park.


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