Jeanette Birkemeier, 97, Greencastle, passed away Dec. 26, 2007, at Autumn Glen Assisted Living Community, Greencastle.
Born Jan. 11, 1910, at Moorefield in Switzerland County, Ind., she was the daughter of Henry Jackson and Jessie Louise Kern Monroe.
After graduating from Vevay High School, she attended Indiana University until her marriage to Charles William Birkemeier on Dec. 24, 1930.
In her early years of teaching, she taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Florence, Ind., and the Vevay Elementary School.
After moving to Putnam County in 1952, she was asked to teach at Reelsville Elementary. She completed her bachelor's degree at Indiana State University in 1967 followed by a master's degree from DePauw University.
After having taught sixth-grade at Reelsville Elementary for 23 years, she retired in 1977.
She contributed her time, leadership and talents to community organizations, including Big Walnut Baptist Church, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Putnam County Hospital Guild and Eastern Star.
Survivors include her son, Charles Robert Birkemeier and wife Patricia; daughter Juanita Irwin and husband Robert; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and sisters; husband Charles William Birkemeier; and daughter Evelyn Roach.
Services will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home, 602 E. Washington St., Greencastle, with Rev. Brent Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial gifts may be sent in her memory to the Reelsville Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, in care of The Putnam County Community Foundation, 2 S. Jackson St., Greencastle, Ind., 46135.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at INBTH@keystonegroup.com.