Jenna M. Stampe, 66, of Reinbeck, Iowa died Sunday, June 24, 2012, at St. Maryâ€™s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Mrs. Stampe was born March 8, 1946, in Garrett, the daughter of Virgil and Ruth (Campbell) Gustin. She grew up in Fort Wayne and attended there as well as in Churubusco
She met the love of her life, Richard Stampe, in 1963, while cruising in her English Ford through Churubusco. They were married on June 13, 1964, and added quickly to their family.
A daughter, Shelly, was born in 1965. A son, Rich was born in 1967 and another son, Ryan, born in 1974. She was also a loving mom to more than 20 foster kids. She was a mother and home maker first of all, but enjoyed a variety of work outside the home including Teters Flowers, Walmart, Barn Happy and contract work for the Dike/New Hartford Prom.
She was always busy with many craft projects, lunches with lady friends, planning parties and attending bible study. Besides spending time with her family and friends which she enjoyed most of all, Jenna loved life and enjoyed riding her four wheeler in the Black Hills, skiing in the mountains and riding in her Corvette or T-bird down the county roads.
Mrs. Stampe was a member of Prairie Lakes Community Church where she and Dick were part of the Elderberry group, volunteer greeters and involved in many other facets with the church body. Her relationship with the Lord was very important and a source of strength to her when encountering tough times. Jenna was always known for her positive attitude, loving spirit and sincere friendliness to all.
A friend recently said, â€śJenna was both extremely loving and helpful to people, completely sold out to Jesus Christ and willing to serve the Kingdom in every capacity. This is an example of the Christian communityâ€™s loss is Heavenâ€™s gain.â€ť
Surviving relatives include her husband, Richard; daughter, Shelly (Steve) Miller of Spearfish, S.D.; sons, Rich (Karie) Stampe and Ryan (Karen) Stampe of Pella; grandchildren, Courtney, Cheri and Nicholas Stampe, Joshua, Caleb, and Joseph Miller; great-grandson, Bently Dirks; sister, Judy Zaring and her husband Zeke of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; brother, Joe Gustin and his wife, Anna of Dallas, Ga. and by numerous foster daughters and sons. Ms. Stampe was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, at Prairie Lakes Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa with Pastor John Fuller officiating.
Burial will follow at Fredsville Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery near Cedar Falls. Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Engelkes-Abels Dike Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation.
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