In Memory of John Jennrich

John Jennrich
John Jennrich
Born: June 12, 1933
Died: September 12, 2016
Age: 83
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John Jennrich
June 12, 1933 - September 12, 2016
From: Nevada, IA

John A. Jennrich, age 83, of Nevada, IA, died at his home on Monday, September 12, 2016. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2016, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Nevada, with Fr. Michael Jennrich O.F.M. and Fr. Rick Dagit officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Nevada, with military honors conducted by William F. Ball Post No. 48 of the American Legion.  Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 5-7 p.m.  There will be a Scripture Service at 7 p.m., which will include a Time of Remembrance.  

Born June 12, 1933, in Minneapolis, MN, John Arthur Jennrich was the son of Francis “Fritz” and Josephine (Waite) Jennrich.  He grew up in Minneapolis where he attended Roosevelt High School, graduating with the Class of 1951. 

In 1953, John was drafted into the United States Army and served with the 999th Infantry in Korea.  After being honorably discharged in 1955, he returned to Minneapolis where he trained as a meat cutter and obtained employment with the Red Owl Stores and later with Cub Foods.  He retired in 1996, after 37 years in the industry.  

On July 27, 1957, John was united in marriage to Louise Sparish in Cumberland, WI.  The couple made their home in Minneapolis and raised their family of three children:  Michael, Chris, and Tom.  In 2005, he and Louise moved to Nevada to be closer to family.  

John was an avid Minnesota Viking fan and was a supporter of his grandchildren’s various activities and events.  He was active in Kiwanis and enjoyed volunteering in the community.  John will be remembered as a man who enjoyed the simple things in life, whistled while he worked, loved others, always shared a smile, and made people laugh.  John was truly a man of integrity who taught by example.  

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Louise; three children, Michael Jennrich of St. Louis, MO, Chris (David) Burling of Nevada, IA, and Tom (Doreen) Jennrich of Clive, IA; three grandchildren, Josh and Ben Burling of Nevada, IA, and Kayla Oakes Harper of Apple Valley, MN; and two great-grandchildren, Vance and Finn Harper of Apple Valley, MN.  He is also survived by two sisters, Rose Ann Reddick of Arlington, TX, and Kathy Wright of Plymouth, MN; as well as several nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

John’s family is deeply grateful for the loving care provided by the Bliss Clinic Radiation and Oncology Departments and the Mary Greeley Medical Center Hospice Home Care Program.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of John and his family.


Friday, September 16, 2016 at 2:37 PM
“To the whole Jennrich Family, my heart is very sad for the death of my dear friend. I am sending hugs to you all. John is with the BIG man now. Love to you all. God speed my friend. ”
- Julia Wolfe
Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 9:47 AM
“To the Jennrich Family - I am sorry to hear about the loss of your dear loved one. Please accept my condolences at this painful time. Losing a loved one is distressing and as comfort is needed from family and friends, it is my hope your family will find comforting the promise at Isaiah 25:8 where we are assured that "death will be swallowed up forever." It is my hope your family will find strength to endure during the days ahead. ”
- J Phillips
Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 9:47 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time. May God's Perpetual Light Shine Upon John and May He Rest in Peace.
Teresa, Jason, and Cooper Wheelock ”
- Teresa Wheelock
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 5:05 PM
“I wish we could take away your pain. Just know that we are thinking about and praying for comfort for you and the family.

David Rodriguez jr O F M
and sisters Rosa and Lula”
- maria Aguilar
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 3:53 PM
“The Provincial Services wishes to express to Father Michael and the Jennrich family our deepest condolence during this difficult time at the passing of John.

Strangely enough, Father, each one of us have lost our fathers, too. Trust that our heart felt prayers and thoughts are with you today in the days to come.

Pax et Bonum.”
- Provincial Services
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 3:53 PM
“You have my deepest condolences and prayers during this difficult time for your family. May God's love and care be with you all.”
- Br. Gary Jeriha OFM
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:17 AM
“Mike and family...

You are in my prayers and masses here at Mission San Jose. May the Good Lord be with all of you and with John's soul.

Pax Et Bonum!

Rich, ofm”
- Richard J Bendorf, ofm
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:17 AM
“Dear Mrs. Jennrich, family members, and Michael,
I take this opportunity to extend to you the condolences of your Franciscan brothers of the Order as you mourn the loss of of your husband, father, and friend.
John will be remembered at Mass tomorrow here in Malta where the General Definitory and other brothers are gathered for meetings.
God bless and console each of you.
Bro. Michael Perry, OFM
Minister General
- Bro. Michael Perry
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 10:17 AM
“Mike and family...

You are in my prayers and masses here at Mission San Jose. May the Good Lord be with all of you and with John's soul.

Pax Et Bonum!

Rich, ofm”
- Richard J Bendorf, ofm
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10:30 a.m.
September 17, 2016
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, Iowa


Fr. Michael Jennrich, O.F.M.
Fr. Rick Dagit


Josh Burling
Ben Burling
Paul Hunter
Jack Waldschmidt
Chuck Ray
Paul McColley


5-7 p.m.
Friday, September 16, 2016
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Nevada, IA
7:00 p.m. Scripture Service


Fr. Robert Hutmacher, O.F.M.
Fr. John Dombrowski, O.F.M.
Fr. Dennis Schafer, O.F.M.


St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery
Nevada, IA
Military Honors by
the American Legion